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Oregon CSE Grassroots Activists Call for Internet Tax Freedom at Oregon CSE Day at the Capitol
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Oregon CSE Grassroots Activists Call for Internet Tax Freedom at Oregon CSE Day at the Capitol

Salem, OR - Immediately following the Senate's passage of SB 660, the "2001 Internet Tax Ban," Oregon Citizens for a Sound Economy conducted its second annual CSE Day at the Capitol. The event brought over 200 grassroots activists from across the state to the capitol for good-old fashioned grassroots lobbying on key CSE issues including Internet taxes, environment, tax cuts, prescription drugs and education.

04/24/2001
Over 200 Oregon CSE Activists Demand their “Kicker” Income-tax Refund
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Over 200 Oregon CSE Activists Demand their “Kicker” Income-tax Refund

Salem, OR - Sometimes politicians forget whose money they are spending at the State Capitol. Over 200 Oregon Citizens for a Sound Economy (OR CSE) activists stormed the Capitol on April 19th to remind their legislators exactly where state revenues come from. One of the chief concerns of these citizens was fighting legislative plans to withhold their constitutionally protected income tax “kicker” refund.

04/24/2001
Over 200 Oregon CSE Activists Lobby for More School Choice at CSE Day in Salem
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Over 200 Oregon CSE Activists Lobby for More School Choice at CSE Day in Salem

Salem, OR - More than 200 Oregon CSE activists traveled from across the state to Salem to lobby their legislators in support of more school choice. In particular, they urged policymakers to support revisions to strengthen the state’s charter school law, as well as to support the Oregon School Accountability Enhancement Act, which would give local school districts the flexibility to opt out of the state’s current “one-size-fits-all” accountability system and choose another nationally recognized test.

04/24/2001
A Cure for the Illiteracy Epidemic
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A Cure for the Illiteracy Epidemic

As printed in The Wall Street Journal, April 24, 2001.

04/24/2001
The Tax Fight Goes Global
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The Tax Fight Goes Global

From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Europe, 04/23/2001 While the attention of U.S. taxpayers has been consumed by the dreaded tax-filing deadline of April 15 and the debate over the Bush tax plan, an international bureaucracy has been actively threatening the freedom and prosperity of the United States and others around the world. This time it's the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that's hard at work trying to make sure no country's taxes are too low.

04/23/2001
Parents Need to Lead Children Into Education That Works
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Parents Need to Lead Children Into Education That Works

I was in a hotel restaurant recently and asked the waitress if she had children. Yes, she said, she was a divorced mother of three. Then I asked her if she was in control of her children's education. She said she was. "Did you pick the schools they go to?" I asked. "Did you approve the curriculum they're learning?" "Heck, no," she said. "I can't even talk to who's teaching them."

04/23/2001
Reasonable Attorneys Fees For Taxpayers
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Reasonable Attorneys Fees For Taxpayers

The Consequences Attorneys General can hire their former firms, friends, or even campaign contributors to represent the state on a contingency basis. Here are a few examples:

04/23/2001
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: TV Deregulation Will Promote Diversity of Programming
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: TV Deregulation Will Promote Diversity of Programming

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently voted to ease its restriction on dual ownership of television networks. It is now legal for any of the four major networks – NBC, CBS, ABC, or FOX – to own UPN, WB, or any broadcast network that has come into existence since 1996, but not to merge with each other. This is good news for TV aficionados and, contrary to critics claims, will promote diversity of programming.

04/23/2001
Issue Number 3 - No Guarantee Lottery Will Always be a Big Payoff
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Issue Number 3 - No Guarantee Lottery Will Always be a Big Payoff

North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy today released Issue Number 3 of its ongoing effort to educate elected officials and citizens on why a government-run lottery is bad business and public policy. National trends show that the $300 million figure is not guaranteed to last.

04/23/2001
Petitions to Restrict Canadian Lumber Imports Would Harm U. S. Consumers, Workers
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Petitions to Restrict Canadian Lumber Imports Would Harm U. S. Consumers, Workers

WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/--More than 20 home builders, lumber dealers and other supporters of free trade and consumer interests testify tomorrow before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) here, calling for the ITC to reject petitions that would impose a duty of as much as 78 percent on Canadian lumber coming into the United States. After the April 1 expiration of the U.S./Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement of 1996 (SLA), the Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group, filed a countervailing duty petition on April 2 for an approximate 40 percent duty and an anti-dumping duty between 28 and 38 percent. "Those presenting oral and written testimony before the ITC come from all regions of the country, representing the broad cross section of Americans who were harmed by the Softwood Lumber Agreement between the U.S. and Canada that expired April 1, and would continue to be hurt even more by these petitions," said Susan Petniunas, spokesperson for the American Consumers for Affordable Homes (ACAH). The ACAH is an alliance of 14-organizations, representing approximately 95 percent of softwood lumber use in the U.S. "Acceptance of the concepts in these petitions would be the equivalent of a 78 percent 'hidden' tax on consumers wanting to purchase a new home, remodel their home, or even buy a new bed," Petniunas continued. "That is ludicrous." More than 20 home builders and lumber dealers will present oral testimony or written statements tomorrow to the ITC, all opposing them. The petitions before the ITC would increase the cost of a new home by approximately $ 2,000-$ 4,000. Based on earlier calculations by the U.S. Census Bureau, a price hike of such a magnitude could knock as many as 1.2 million households out of the market for purchasing a new home. "The ITC must listen to the needs of American consumers and workers, not just the desires of a few wealthy lumber mill owners," Petniunas said. "This is an issue that will impact home buyers and workers and their families all across the country. The impact on the economy could be disastrous." Approximately six million U.S. workers are involved in lumber-using businesses, including home builders, remodelers, lumber dealers, and industries like window and bed makers. Workers associated with the consumers of lumber outnumber lumber-producing workers by 25 to 1 in the United States. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan testified earlier this month before the Senate Finance Committee that slowing economic growth could spawn protectionist measures in the form of countervailing and anti-dumping suits that are "unwise and surely self-defeating." "These forms of protection have often been imposed under the label of protecting 'fair trade,' but often times are just simple guises for inhibiting competition," Greenspan told the Committee. "If we were to move in the direction of protection, that could create some very significant problems for the American economy." According to ACAH, action urged in these petitions would have a number of negative impacts:

04/22/2001

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