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Shaheen hit at school tax panel hearing
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Shaheen hit at school tax panel hearing

BY JERRY MILLER

NEWINGTON -- Gov. Jeanne Shaheen bore much of the criticism last night during a public forum conducted by the New Hampshire Commission on Education Funding. The group was established by Shaheen through executive order to investigate alternative taxes for funding schools. The session, held at the Redhook Ale Brewery at the Pease International Tradeport, was the sixth regional public forum held by the panel and the only one scheduled for the Seacoast.

07/25/2000
Campaign Reform Law: A Flawed Fix
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Campaign Reform Law: A Flawed Fix

BY Deirdre Davidson

confounded by it, regulators are constantly under fire for failing to implement it, and Congress usually does everything it can to avoid it. The new "527" legislation is the perfect example why. The law, which Congress passed last month in hopes of eliminating a popular campaign finance loophole, may prove both more broad and less powerful than originally imagined. With a scant week left before the law is fully implemented, election lawyers are already grousing about its breadth and stretching out loopholes to avoid its provisions.

07/24/2000
Tips for Writing Letters to the Editor
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Tips for Writing Letters to the Editor

Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper alerts the general public to what's happening in Washington, D.C., and throughout your state. Although publication policies vary, the following advice applies to most newspapers: Keep your letter brief. Many newspapers will not consider letters longer than 200-300 words (1 to 1-1/2yped pages, double spaced). Type your letter if you can; many editors won't read letters that are not typed.

07/23/2000
"Platoon" of CSE activists speak at EPA hearing
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"Platoon" of CSE activists speak at EPA hearing

Yesterday, Florida Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation activists attended an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing on the state of Florida’s decision to abolish its vehicle emissions testing. The St. Petersburg Times noted that CSEF brought a “platoon of T-shirt wearing members” to the hearings to speak in support of Gov. Bush’s and the legislature’s passage of SB 722, which eliminated vehicle emission inspections.

07/21/2000
Florida Civil Justice Reform Pledge
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Florida Civil Justice Reform Pledge

Citizens For A Sound Economy Commitment to Reforming Florida's System of Civil Justice All candidates for State House or State Senate, please read and sign the following pledge and return to Florida CSE via fax at (561) 266-7381 or mail at P.O. Box 1090, Delray Beach, FL 33447. Thank you for your support of Civil Justice Reform! 1) Whereas: Under Florida's current legal system teachers are afraid to maintain discipline in school for fear of lawsuits.

07/21/2000
Learn More About Social Security and Personal Retirement Accounts
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Learn More About Social Security and Personal Retirement Accounts

Learn why Personal Retirement Accounts are a touchdown for America! A Citizen's Guide to Social Security Five Steps to Taking Back Control Over Our Retirement The Best Lockbox is a Personal Retirement Account Tax Fact #18: Creating Personal Retirement Accounts is a Better Use of the Social Security Surplus Talking Points on Personal Retirement Accounts

07/21/2000
EPA HEARS PUBLIC VIEWS ON ENDING EMISSIONS TESTING
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EPA HEARS PUBLIC VIEWS ON ENDING EMISSIONS TESTING

BY LISA ARTHUR

In a rare public hearing, the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection listened Thursday night to South Floridians debate the Legislature's decision to end auto emissions testing. A handful of the almost 20 speakers were upset with the state's decision. Many of them profited from the emissions testing program, which the state had mandated in South Florida, the Tampa area and Jacksonville since 1991, after those areas failed to pass federal ozone standards in the 1980s.

07/21/2000
Emissions test hearing ends with a whimper
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Emissions test hearing ends with a whimper

BY CRAIG PITTMAN

The EPA was flooded by mail favoring tests, but only 40 people - fans and foes - show up in West Palm. Though more than 1,000 people wrote to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protest ending auto emissions testing in Jacksonville and South Florida, only 40 showed up at a public hearing on the issue Thursday night.

07/21/2000
PROGRAM'S CRITICS, SUPPORTERS AIR THEIR VIEWS AT PUBLIC EPA HEARING
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PROGRAM'S CRITICS, SUPPORTERS AIR THEIR VIEWS AT PUBLIC EPA HEARING

The lines of idling motorists have vanished. The doors of the buildings that look like giant, pastel Jiffy Lubes have been closed for three weeks. But more than 40 people showed up Thursday evening to either lambaste or laud Florida's defunct emissions inspection program. The 9-year-old program died on June 29 at the behest of Gov. Jeb Bush and state legislators.

07/21/2000
More Than 40 Prominent Economists Urge Supreme Court to Let EPA Consider Costs and Consequences of Clean Air Regulations
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More Than 40 Prominent Economists Urge Supreme Court to Let EPA Consider Costs and Consequences of Clean Air Regulations

More than 40 prominent economists filed a Friend of the Court brief with the Supreme Court today, asking the justices to overturn a lower court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may not take into account the costs of regulations when setting standards under the Clean Air Act. Calling the lower court ruling "economically unsound," the economists argued that the EPA "should be allowed to consider explicitly the full consequences" of regulatory decisions, including costs, benefits, and any other relevant facts. In their Amici Curiae brief, the economists contended that the "plain aim" of the Clean Air Act "is protecting the public health." That aim, they said, "is unlikely to be achieved without, at least, an implicit balancing of benefits and costs." The Supreme Court filing was organized by the American Enterprise Institute-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies. The bipartisan group of economists signing the brief included three Noble laureates, seven former chairmen of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, and two former directors of the White House Office of Management and Budget. (A complete list of the economists signing the brief is attached to this release.) The case, American Trucking Association v. Carol M. Browner, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, was appealed to the Supreme Court after a Federal Court in Washington D.C. ruled that the EPA was not permitted to consider costs in setting regulatory standards for enforcing the Clean Air Act. "We believe it would be imprudent for the EPA to ignore costs totally, particularly given their magnitude in this case," the economists stated in the brief. "The EPA estimates that those (clean air) standards could cost on the order of $50 billion annually." The brief argued, "Not considering costs makes it difficult to set a defensible standard, especially when there is no threshold below which health effects disappear." Ignoring costs, the economists said, "could lead to a decision to set the standard at zero pollution," which would threaten "the very economic prosperity on which public health primarily depends." The economists declared: "The importance of this issue cannot be overstated. Both direct benefits and costs of environmental, health, and safety regulations are substantial - estimated to be several hundred billion dollars annually." If the Supreme Court overturns the lower court ruling and allows the EPA to consider costs in establishing clean air regulations, the brief argued, it would be "a historic moment in the making of regulatory policy." ----- For a copy of the brief go to: http://www.aei.brookings.org THE ECONOMISTS SIGNING THE BRIEF ARE: Kenneth J. Arrow Professor of Economics Emeritus, Stanford University Nobel Laureate in Economics -- Elizabeth E. Bailey John C. Hower Professor of Public Policy, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Former Commissioner, Civil Aeronautics Board -- William J. Baumol Professor of Economics Emeritus, Princeton University Director, C. V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University -- Jagdish Bhagwati Arthur Lehman Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science, Columbia University Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations -- Michael J. Boskin T. M. Friedman Professor of Economics, Stanford University Former Chairman, President's Council of Economic Advisers -- David F. Bradford Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University Former Member, President's Council of Economic Advisers -- Robert W. Crandall Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution Fellow, AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies -- Maureen L. Cropper Professor of Economics, University of Maryland Chair, EPA Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis -- Christopher C. DeMuth President, American Enterprise Institute Former Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget -- George C. Eads Vice President, Charles River Associates Former Member, President's Council of Economic Advisers -- Milton Friedman Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University Nobel Laureate in Economics -- John D. Graham Professor of Public Policy and Decision Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University Director, Harvard Center for Risk Analysis -- Wendy L. Gramm Director, Regulatory Studies Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason University Former Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget -- Robert W. Hahn Director, AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies -- Paul L. Joskow Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Director, MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research -- Alfred E. Kahn Robert Julius Thorne Professor of Political Economy Emeritus, Cornell University Former Chairman, Civil Aeronautics Board -- Paul R. Krugman Professor of Economics, Princeton University -- Lester B. Lave University Professor and Higgins Professor of Economics, Carnegie Mellon University Member, EPA Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis -- Robert E. Litan Vice President and Director, Economic Studies Program, Brookings Institution Codirector, AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies -- Randall W. Lutter Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute Fellow, AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies -- Paul W. MacAvoy Williams Brothers Professor of Management Studies, Yale School of Management, Yale University Former Member, President's Council of Economic Advisers -- Paul W. McCracken Edmund Ezra Day Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, Economics, and Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Former Chairman, President's Council of Economic Advisers -- James C. Miller III John M. Olin Distinguished Fellow, Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation Former Director, Office of Management and Budget -- William A. Niskanen Chairman, Cato Institute Former Member, President's Council of Economic Advisers -- William D. Nordhaus Griswold Professor of Economics, Yale University Former Member, President's Council of Economic Advisers -- Wallace E. Oates Professor of Economics, University of Maryland University Fellow, Resources for the Future -- Peter Passell Senior Fellow, Milken Institute -- Sam Peltzman Sears, Roebuck Professor of Economics and Financial Services, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago Director, George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, University of Chicago -- Paul R. Portney President, Resources for the Future Former Chief Economist, President's Council on Environmental Quality -- Alice M. Rivlin Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution Former Director, Office of Management and Budget -- Milton Russell Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Tennessee Former Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, Environmental Protection Agency -- Richard L. Schmalensee Dean, Alfred P. Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Former Member, President's Council of Economic Advisers -- Charles L. Schultze Senior Fellow Emeritus, Brookings Institution Former Chairman, President's Council of Economic Advisers -- V. Kerry Smith University Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University Director, Center for Environmental and Resource Economics Policy, North Carolina State University -- Robert M. Solow Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Nobel Laureate in Economics -- Robert N. Stavins Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University Chairman, EPA Environmental Economics Advisory Committee -- Joseph E. Stiglitz Professor of Economics, Stanford University Former Chairman, President's Council of Economic Advisers -- Laura D'Andrea Tyson Dean, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley Former Chair, President's Council of Economic Advisers -- W. Kip Viscusi John F. Cogan, Jr., Professor of Law and Economics, Harvard Law School, Harvard University -- Murray L. Weidenbaum Chairman, Center for the Study of American Business, Washington University, St. Louis Former Chairman, President's Council of Economic Advisers -- Janet L. Yellen Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley Former Chair, President's Council of Economic Advisers -- Richard J. Zeckhauser Frank P. Ramsey Professor of Political Economy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

07/21/2000

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