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Texas CSE Activists Rally in Support of Tax Reform
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Texas CSE Activists Rally in Support of Tax Reform

Texas CSE Activists joined other groups today at Austin's downtown post office in support of federal legislation which scraps the tax code and paves the way for significant federal tax reform. H.R. 4199, by Rep. Steve Largent, R-Oklahoma, will sunset the current tax code on December 31, 2004. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives last Thursday by a vote of 229 to 187.

04/17/2000
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Declaration of Independence for the Next Millenium... Internet taxes = Taxation without Repr
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Declaration of Independence for the Next Millenium... Internet taxes = Taxation without Repr

This week, the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce presented its report to Congress. Now, congressional leaders must determine the course of action that would provide consumers with the full benefits of the high-tech economy. Unfortunately, state and local politicians are raising taxes on American consumers and forcing small businesses off the Internet. They use scare tactics and half-truths to promote an agenda that would lead to higher taxes and more government spending.

04/14/2000
EPA delays efforts to impose illegal regulation
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EPA delays efforts to impose illegal regulation

CSE Foundation today applauded reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will delay until next year a decision designating several central-Texas metropolitan areas as violating the eight-hour ozone standard. The EPA has threatened to cut off highway funding for cities such as Austin, Tyler and Longview — even though the courts ruled last year that the eight-hour standard was unconstitutional and unenforceable. None of these cities is currently in violation of the Clean Air Act.

04/13/2000
Common-sense approach to salmon restoration needed
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Common-sense approach to salmon restoration needed

Citizens for a Sound Economy today denounced a lawsuit filed against the Army Corps of Engineers by four so-called environmental groups on April 10. The groups are suing the Corps over its decision to remove salmon-killing Caspian Terns from Rice Island in the Columbia River. Rice Island was built by the Corps from materials dredged out of the river. Caspian Terns — a slender seabird closely related to gulls — first began to colonize artificial island in 1986. This species of tern dives into the water to capture prey, and nests in large colonies.

04/13/2000
When Trial Lawyers Attack
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When Trial Lawyers Attack

Episode I: The Voicemail Menace

04/13/2000
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Iowa On Cutting Edge While Many States are in Stone Age
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Iowa On Cutting Edge While Many States are in Stone Age

This week, while many Americans were focused on the Internet tax debate in our nation's capital, Iowa Legislators were working on an Internet tax debate of their own. The Iowa House passed legislation to protect consumers from the grips of state and local tax collectors. More information about this development and about Iowa CSE can be found here. Unfortunately, while activists fight to repeal stone-age regulations, bureaucrats are on the lookout for loopholes and innovative new theories to tax the latest communications technologies.

04/13/2000
School Choice Legislation Introduced
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School Choice Legislation Introduced

On the heels of the CSE Day rally supporting choice in education, the Student Opportunity Scholarship (SOS) school voucher program was introduced in the Alabama Senate on Tuesday, April 11, 2000. Senate Bill 549 is sponsored by Sen. Bill Armistead (R-Columbiana) along with Senators George Callahan (R-Mobile) and Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia).

04/12/2000
William J. Bennett Comments on Sen. Lieberman's 'Three R's' Bill
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William J. Bennett Comments on Sen. Lieberman's 'Three R's' Bill

Fifteen years ago, when I was named Secretary of Education by President Ronald Reagan, "A Nation at Risk" had just evaluated the performance of the American school system, and reported that the state of our schools was not only a threat to kids but to the future of our nation. In response, America has tried a variety of reforms at the state level. Most notably and most recently, we have embraced (in theory, at least) the idea of high standards and accountability. Almost every state in the union now has standards in reading and math, and twenty-six have instituted exit exams for high school. The slight increases in student performance, seen in the National Assessment of Educational Progress in the late 1990’s, reflects some success on these fronts.

04/11/2000
Trade Tariffs: The Next Generation
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Trade Tariffs: The Next Generation

This week the authorities responsible for public safety in Washington, D.C. have been on high alert. No one wants a repeat performance of last year’s Seattle protests, looting, and vandalism. At issue is a difficult-to-understand, but powerful, fear of “globalization.” The dominant thread in the protests against globalization is America’s international trade relationships. Next month, Congress is expected to vote on legislation to make our trade relationship with China normal – to make it match our relationship with other countries.

04/11/2000
EXPAND THE e-CONOMY
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EXPAND THE e-CONOMY

America needs to unleash the full potential of the high-tech economy for consumers by breaking down obsolete government barriers. The high-tech industry is responsible for 44 percent of domestic economic growth since 1994. To keep this engine of growth moving, we must remove the heavy hand of government regulation and taxes. That is why CSE believes we must keep the Internet free from taxation.

04/11/2000

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