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Opposition grows against budget-balancing tax hike
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Opposition grows against budget-balancing tax hike

BY BRAD CAIN

The Associated Press September 28, 2003 OREGON CITY — Standing next to a card table in front of the local Kmart store, Gizzelle Williams cheerfully greets shoppers with the question, “Excuse me, are you interested in signing the tax referendum?” Williams is a volunteer foot soldier in the battle to repeal the Legislature’s $800 million tax increase package. On a recent weekday morning, the 20-year-old college student had no difficulty persuading shoppers to put their signatures on petitions to force a Feb. 3 statewide vote on the tax increase.

09/28/2003
Group to change its tax petition
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Group to change its tax petition

BY BRAD CAIN

The Associated Press September 28, 2003 The group that is leading the effort to repeal the Legislature’s $800 million tax increase temporarily suspended its signature-gathering efforts this weekend. Citizens for a Sound Economy said Saturday that it would hold off on collecting more signatures for a few days while it sends new petition sheets to activists throughout the state to replace ones now in use.

09/28/2003
Petition flap delays campaign on streets
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Petition flap delays campaign on streets

BY DAN HORTSCH

Supporters of a campaign to overturn a tax increase package called a temporary halt to signature gathering on Saturday in light of a legal question about wording on its petition sheets. The leader of the drive to place the Oregon Legislature's tax plan on the ballot said the campaign decided to print new petition sheets. It also canceled plans to have paid signature collectors begin working on the street this weekend.

09/28/2003
Tax bill repeal would cause shortfall
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Tax bill repeal would cause shortfall

BY James Mayer

When Oregon lawmakers passed an $800 million tax-increase package last month, they also approved a bill detailing where the ax would fall if residents referred the tax increase to the ballot and voters rejected it. But it turns out that those automatic budget cuts would fall about $225 million short of making up the $800 million gap. This mismatch between the budget bill language and the tax referendum muddies the financial effect of the referral and creates a problem for Attorney General Hardy Myers in crafting a ballot title.

09/27/2003
Antitax drive, legal wars begin
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Antitax drive, legal wars begin

BY Harry Esteve

Paid petition circulators are expected to hit the streets this week to give voters a shot at overturning the $800 million tax increase approved last month by the Oregon Legislature. But close behind will be members of the Voter Education Project, a union-backed watchdog group that plans to scrutinize the signature drive for potential election law violations. This pre-election skirmish has become the new norm in Oregon's ever-changing initiative and referendum system, in which legal challenges play a role at least as big as the actual campaigns and final vote count.

09/27/2003
Tort Reform Overdue
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Press Release

Tort Reform Overdue

From the Charleston Daily Mail January 8, 2004, Thursday Copyright 2004 Charleston Newspapers IN early 2001 in a final address to legislators before he left office, Gov. Cecil Underwood warned lawmakers that they must take action on tort reform. "The tort system is out of control," Underwood said in January 2001, the week before handing over the governor's office to Bob Wise.

09/26/2003
Reversing Social Security's Decline
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Press Release

Reversing Social Security's Decline

"Failing to take prompt action on Social Security will burden our children and grandchildren with benefit cuts and crippling taxes." - Rep. Nick Smith, Chairman of the Task Force on Social Security (1994)

09/26/2003
Alabama Call is Today, Friday, Sept. 26th!
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Alabama Call is Today, Friday, Sept. 26th!

The Alabama Legislature is currently in a special session trying to balance the budget by October 1st. This presents Alabama with a historic opportunity for real reform and accountability. However, some legislators are resisting change, some are threatening to filibuster a budget, and some may even try to raise the taxes you have worked so hard on September 9th to defeat! This Friday at 2:00 p.m., join Senator Steve French (R-Birmingham) and Representative Scott Beason (R-Gardendale) for a first-hand discussion about the situation in Montgomery.

09/26/2003
Alabama Call is Today, Friday, Sept. 26th!
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Alabama Call is Today, Friday, Sept. 26th!

The Alabama Legislature is currently in a special session trying to balance the budget by October 1st. This presents Alabama with a historic opportunity for real reform and accountability. However, some legislators are resisting change, some are threatening to filibuster a budget, and some may even try to raise the taxes you have worked so hard on September 9th to defeat! This Friday at 2:00 p.m., join Senator Steve French (R-Birmingham) and Representative Scott Beason (R-Gardendale) for a first-hand discussion about the situation in Montgomery.

09/26/2003
TORT REFORM OVERDUE
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TORT REFORM OVERDUE

BY EDITORIAL & COMMENT

(c) 2003 Columbus Dispatch. All Rights Reserved. For the past 15 years, Ohio lawmakers have wrestled with this question: How much is too much to award in personal-injury lawsuits? Last week, House Speaker Larry Householder wrongly sidetracked Senate Bill 80, the third and latest attempt to find a middle ground that would allow victims reasonable compensation for their injuries while preventing juries from awarding outlandish sums that impose an undue burden on businesses and individuals.

09/26/2003

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