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Voters' Pamphlet for tax measure going in mail
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Voters' Pamphlet for tax measure going in mail

BY CHARLES E. BEGGS

SALEM — If you're looking for answers about the tax increase on the Feb. 3 ballot, you'll be able to read all about it — including 75 arguments for and against the measure — in the state Voters' Pamphlet that was sent to post offices on Tuesday. The pamphlets — which officials say should reach most Oregon households by Friday — contain the official text of Measure 30 and as well as 55 arguments for the tax increase and 20 against. The measure would raise $800 million, mostly by temporarily boosting income taxes, to balance the current two-year state budget.

01/07/2004
Deconstructing Rubinomics
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Deconstructing Rubinomics

©2004 Copley News Service, 1/6/2004 Just in time for the presidential campaign, former Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin has published a new book, "In an Uncertain World," in which he contends that the Clinton tax increase on middle-income Americans was "tiny." Rubin writes that he encouraged the tax hike because he thought it would "give us credibility in the markets." Here we have the essence of "Rubinonomics," a kind of New-Age social science premised more on feel-good psychology and business/consumer confidence than economic fundamentals.

01/06/2004
Court OKs Texas redistricting
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Court OKs Texas redistricting

BY ROBERT T. GARRETT and PETE SLOVER

AUSTIN – Federal judges on Tuesday upheld a new congressional map for Texas designed by Republicans to boost the party's power in Congress and wipe out the state's last vestige of Democratic control. The decision by a three-judge panel clears the way for the March 9 primary to be held with lines the Legislature approved in October after months of bloody political combat. It could swing as many as seven seats from the Democratic to GOP column, potentially giving Republicans a 22-10 majority in the state's delegation to Congress.

01/06/2004
Wisconsin: Citizens for a Sound Economy Supports the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights
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Wisconsin: Citizens for a Sound Economy Supports the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights

Sometimes it seems like the foxes are running the henhouse—especially when it comes to state government spending. That’s why Wisconsin State Assembly Joint Resolution 55 (Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR) is a good idea. This bill, which is now before the Assembly and will soon be before the state Senate, would provide a mechanism to return control of our tax dollars to us, the taxpayers. It prohibits special interests from excessive government spending on their pet projects, it prohibits tax-and-spend politicians from raiding our pocket books and property, and it prohibits unions from fleecing the state.

01/05/2004
Education initiative makes the ballot
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Education initiative makes the ballot

BY JOSEPH TURNER

A measure that would raise the state sales tax by an estimated $1 billion a year for education programs has enough signatures to win a spot on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Secretary of State Sam Reed announced Monday that he certified Initiative 884 for the ballot because it had nearly 250,000 valid signatures, well over the 197,734 signatures needed. State election workers checked 2 percent of the signatures and found about 22 percent in that sample were invalid.

01/03/2004
Is Ohio Really Cutting Spending?
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Is Ohio Really Cutting Spending?

Data recently released in the National Governors Association’s Fiscal Survey of States shows that Ohio’s budget for this year is set to increase spending despite increased revenue from additional taxes and fees levied on its citizens. In 2003, expenditures were estimated at just under $23 billion, but plans for 2004 have them increasing over $1.1 billion to roughly $24 billion. This is a 5% increase in spending, despite rough economic times, additional federal bailout money, and over $1.2 billion in tax increases.

01/01/2004
Tax foes beat supporters in fund raising
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Tax foes beat supporters in fund raising

EUGENE — Opponents of an $800 million tax increase have collected more money than those who support it as the Feb. 3 election draws closer. Public employee unions are financing most of the money to sell the tax increase to voters, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday with the state Elections Division. On the opposing side, a Washington, D.C., group and several Oregon businesses lead the way in the campaign to defeat the tax package. The reports covered campaign fund raising and spending through Dec. 18.

12/31/2003
Reports show tax campaign financing
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Reports show tax campaign financing

BY Dave Hogan

SALEM -- Public employee unions are shouldering most of the costs to sell an $800 million tax increase to voters as the Feb. 3 election draws closer. On the opposing side, a Washington, D.C., group and several Oregon businesses lead the financing in the campaign to defeat the tax package. That clash was spelled out in campaign finance reports filed Monday with the state Elections Division. They covered campaign fund raising and spending through Dec. 18, and showed the first detailed financial reports of the campaigns supporting and opposing Measure 30.

12/30/2003
Campaign reports show unions backing tax hike
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Campaign reports show unions backing tax hike

BY Associated Press

EUGENE (AP) - Opponents of an $800 million tax increase have collected more money than those who support it as the Feb. 3 election draws closer. Public employee unions are financing most of the money to sell the tax increase to voters, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday with the state Elections Division. On the opposing side, a Washington, D.C., group and several Oregon businesses lead the way in the campaign to defeat the tax package, The reports covered campaign fund raising and spending through Dec. 18.

12/30/2003
No Standards Without Freedom
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No Standards Without Freedom

As published in the Wall Street Journal, December 23, 2003 When it comes to reforming K-12 education, two powerful ideas are in play: standards and freedom. High standards will lift all boats, if joined to reliable tests and tough accountability measures that reward children who learn what they should and reward schools and educators who successfully teach what they should -- and that bring sanctions to bear on failure.

12/23/2003

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