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How the Power of Ideas Can Transform a Country
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How the Power of Ideas Can Transform a Country

José Piñera is the Founder and President of the International Center for Pension Reform and the co-chair of the Cato Institute's Project on Social Security Choice. This note was originally a letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell. You can read more about José Piñera and Social Security reform at The Center for International Pension Reform

05/22/2003
Texas CSE Wonders: Where are the Chicken Ds?
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Texas CSE Wonders: Where are the Chicken Ds?

This month, Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) stormed the State Capitol to demand that the 53 Democratic legislators who packed their bags and left the state get back to work. The “Chicken Ds” abdicated their jobs in an effort to block state House Republicans from sending any legislation to Senate this session. Under state law, there must a quorum, or 100 of 150 legislators, on the floor before any business can be conducted. With the deadline for sending bills to the Senate looming, Texas CSE activists rallied to urge the Chicken Ds to return to the jobs they were elected to do.

05/22/2003
North Carolina families and businesses struggle under the burden
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North Carolina families and businesses struggle under the burden

RALEIGH — When Dick Carter lost his wife, Janet, to lung cancer last November, he was left alone to grieve for his soul mate of 24 years and to endure life-threatening challenges to his own well-being. Colon cancer, diabetes, and heart ailments are attacking the 79-year-old’s body, but failing health is only one of the serious worries facing this National Guard and Navy veteran. Carter, who lives in Wilmington, says he is under siege by North Carolina’s increasing tax burden and may be forced to draw out the equity in the home he and Janet shared, just to survive.

05/21/2003
Kyoto Again Stalks the Senate
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Kyoto Again Stalks the Senate

Although tax policy has consumed much of the policy calendar, a number of other important issues, such as the energy bill, remain in the wings, preparing to take center stage for the summer season. The Senate has initiated debate on a final bill, but after bogging down on an ethanol amendment, the issue was shelved until after Memorial Day. While the goal is to complete the bill by the end of summer, efforts to amend the bill with aggressive global warming policies make for a long, hot summer. Should the proponents of these measures succeed, American consumers could be in for a shock.

05/21/2003
Don't Rush New Taxes in Texas
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Don't Rush New Taxes in Texas

With just days left in the legislative session and deadlines looming, some of our state’s well-meaning leaders are rushing to increase taxes.

05/21/2003
CSE Supports Reported Deal on Economic Package
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CSE Supports Reported Deal on Economic Package

According to media reports today, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a $350 billion tax cut package aimed at fostering economic growth. Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) said today that, while the reported tax cut is smaller and doesn’t include full permanent repeal of the double tax on dividends, the organization would support such a package as a meaningful step towards tax relief.

05/21/2003
Don't Let Transportation Committee Run Over American Taxpayers
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Don't Let Transportation Committee Run Over American Taxpayers

Today, Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) joined Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave (CO-04), other Members of Congress and a coalition of organizations opposed to tax increases at press conference on Capitol Hill calling on Congress to reject attempts to raise the gas tax. The House Transportation Committee – led by Chairman Don Young (R-Alaska) and ranking member James Oberstar (D-MN) – is trying to increase in the gas tax to pay for a bloated $375 billion highway funding bill (TEA-21).

05/21/2003
State House Reporter Kevin Landrigan to Moderate NH CSE Debate
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State House Reporter Kevin Landrigan to Moderate NH CSE Debate

New Hampshire Citizens for a Sound Economy (NH CSE) State Director Chuck McGee announced today that Nashua Telegraph State House Reporter Kevin Landrigan will moderate its first debate on Social Security reform between former State Senator and 2002 Democratic nominee for Governor Mark Fernald and former NH GOP Political Director Patrick Hynes.

05/21/2003
Strayhorn Jumps Ship on Tax Vow
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Strayhorn Jumps Ship on Tax Vow

BY W. Gardner Selby

AUSTIN — Saying the state's business tax receipts were in "free fall," Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn urged lawmakers Monday to increase cigarette taxes. Strayhorn becomes the first statewide officeholder to shatter the "no new taxes" unity among Republican leaders. She listed a $1 a pack increase among 20 items that could yield $4.1 billion for the state in 2004-05. The state's cigarette tax has been 41 cents a pack since 1990.

05/20/2003
Comptroller Seeks Cigarette Tax Boost
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Comptroller Seeks Cigarette Tax Boost

BY W. Gardner Selby

AUSTIN - Saying the state's business tax receipts were in "free fall," Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn urged lawmakers Monday to increase cigarette taxes. Strayhorn becomes the first statewide officeholder to shatter the "no new taxes" unity among Republican leaders. She listed a $1 a pack increase among 20 items that could yield $4.1 billion for the state in 2004-05. The state's cigarette tax has been 41 cents a pack since 1990. Strayhorn's other suggestions, many under legislative review, include the legalization of video lottery terminals at horse and dog racetracks, reducing administrators in public schools, authorizing the state's participation in a multistate lottery and tweaking a state law letting corporations reorganize as partnerships and avoid the state's corporate franchise tax. "My advice (to lawmakers) is to get busy on this," Strayhorn said. Gov. Rick Perry's response was to say a cigarette tax increase "ain't going to happen." Perry, emerging from talks with House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, said he remains "comfortable" that legislators will balance the two-year budget without new taxes before the 140-day session ends June 2. Strayhorn said receipts from the state's corporate franchise tax, accounting for 6 percent of annual tax revenues, are running nearly 18 percent behind what she projected for the fiscal year, which ends Aug. 31. "We've got a franchise tax free fall going on," Strayhorn said, attributing the drop to more corporations organizing as partnerships to avoid the tax. House-Senate negotiators have been inching toward a roughly $117 billion budget that avoids higher taxes and closes a more than $10 billion gap between the cost of existing programs and state income in 2004-05. But progress has become "squishy," an aide said, because Perry, Craddick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, all Republicans, have not agreed on how much to spend on education, higher education and other areas. Spending targets likely would be affected again if Strayhorn lowers her estimate of state income for the two-year period. But higher state taxes are not an option, Perry said. "There's not going to be a cigarette tax increase during this session of the Legislature," Perry said. Dewhurst agreed, saying, "I don't believe that we need to raise taxes in order to balance our budget." Strayhorn, saying the cigarette tax increase would generate $1.5 billion in state income, joins others who have urged such an increase, including Republican Sens. Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio and Bill Ratliff of Mount Pleasant. Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, filed a proposal last week to conduct a November straw poll of voters on the increase. She said she sought the nonbinding referendum because a $1 increase hasn't been forwarded by the House, where tax measures must originate. "This is one revenue stream that would have a beneficial impact," Strayhorn said. "As a mama and grandmama, I want to deter young people from smoking." Strayhorn told Texas Monthly in December, "Nothing I do is ever going to trigger a tax bill." And in a January report to lawmakers, she said would "vigorously oppose" higher taxes and creation of a state personal income tax. Perry declined to criticize Strayhorn, saying, "She puts a lot of different ideas on the table. And that's what the comptroller's job is." The leader of a conservative group that named Strayhorn its "friend of the taxpayer" several years ago called a cigarette tax increase untimely. "It's the wrong way to go," said Peggy Venable, director of Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy. "I'm not slighting her for making the recommendation. It's up to policymakers to say that's not the way to go." Strayhorn said she doesn't believe she's breaking with past positions by urging the increase. Legislation to close the so-called franchise tax loophole - used by corporations that include the owner of the Express-News and SBC Communications Inc. - is widely considered dead. Strayhorn didn't name corporations that have taken advantage of the loophole. But she said more are doing so, and she listed nine examples of firms that paid between $100,000 and $9 million in franchise taxes in 2002 but zero for 2003 as of a deadline last week. Strayhorn said franchise tax payments from the state's largest corporations have diminished nearly 40 percent compared with May 2002. "This is significant news, and it's negative news," Strayhorn said, saying the loophole needs to be closed or business taxation needs to "go a different route." Rep. Ron Wilson, D-Houston, who heads the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, cited Perry's anti-tax position as reason for not taking up cigarette taxes, though he said the increase could be weighed if a special session is necessary to finish the budget.

05/20/2003

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