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Texas CSE Lone Star Activists Aim to Shoot Down Proposed Prescription Drug Price-Caps
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Texas CSE Lone Star Activists Aim to Shoot Down Proposed Prescription Drug Price-Caps

"CSE is the only group that organizes its members and fights for issues." - CSE Day Attendee Grace Germany

03/23/2001
Pennsylvania Regulators Say Nevermind to Permanent Monopoly
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Pennsylvania Regulators Say Nevermind to Permanent Monopoly

Yesterday, state regulators in Pennsylvania voted 5-0 to abandon a proposal to structurally separate Verizon – the incumbent local telephone provider. In the process, public utility commission chairman John Quain offered a stinging rebuke to the public relations and lobbying efforts of the various parties involved in the bitterly fought campaign. It is easy to see why there may have been confusion. Everyone claimed to be on the side of competition.

03/23/2001
House Approves Voucher Plan
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House Approves Voucher Plan

BY Charles Savage

The Florida House of Representatives approved a proposal by two Miami lawmakers Thursday that would offer $3,000 vouchers for private school tuition to students attending overcrowded public schools. But two days of sound and fury about whether Republicans or Democrats care more for "the children" leading up to the 63-54 vote, mostly along party lines, signified next to nothing: Its companion bill is already all but dead in the Senate Education Committee at the hands of chairman Ken Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie.

03/23/2001
Coalition to Protest Postal Rate Increase at Florida Press Conference Monday
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Coalition to Protest Postal Rate Increase at Florida Press Conference Monday

Representatives from the Ad Hoc Coalition Against the Postal Rate Increase, a new confederation of taxpayer and consumer watchdog groups, today announced a press conference in Orlando, FL. on Monday to denounce the U.S. Postal Service's next proposed rate increase. The Post Office is petitioning to raise rates after announcing losses of over $2 billion this year, and is holding its National Postal Forum in Orlando.

03/23/2001
Coalition To Protest Postal Rate Increase At Florida Press Conference Monday
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Coalition To Protest Postal Rate Increase At Florida Press Conference Monday

News Advisory: Representatives from the Ad Hoc Coalition Against the Postal Rate Increase, a new confederation of taxpayer and consumer watchdog groups, today announced a press conference in Orlando, FL. on Monday to denounce the U.S. Postal Service's next proposed rate increase. The Post Office is petitioning to raise rates after announcing losses of over $2 billion this year, and is holding its National Postal Forum in Orlando. WHEN: Monday, March 26 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Salon 23 Rosen Center Hotel (next to the Orlando Convention Center) 9840 International Drive Orlando, FL. Coalition members include representatives of: Citizens Against Government Waste, the CATO Institute, Americans for Tax Reform, the National Center for Public Policy Research, Citizens for a Sound Economy, 60 Plus, and PostalWatch.

03/23/2001
Here’s What Our Nation’s Leaders Are Saying About Regulating Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as a "Pollutant"
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Here’s What Our Nation’s Leaders Are Saying About Regulating Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as a "Pollutant"

President George W. Bush "As you know, I oppose the Kyoto Protocol... I do not believe...that the government should impose on power plants mandatory emissions reductions for carbon dioxide, which is not a ‘pollutant’ under the Clean Air Act. ... [I]ncluding caps on carbon dioxide emissions as part of a multiple emissions strategy would lead to an even more dramatic shift from coal to natural gas for electric power generation and significantly higher electricity prices..." (Text of a letter from the President to Senators Hagel, Helms, Craig, and Roberts, March 13, 2001)

03/22/2001
Florida CSE Grassroots Activists Storm the State House Demand School Choice -- and Win
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Florida CSE Grassroots Activists Storm the State House Demand School Choice -- and Win

Today 250 Florida Citizens for a Sound Economy grassroots activists in CSE t-shirts that read "School Choice: giving parents a voice" and "School Choice Now" buttons lobbied their state representatives to demand support for H.B. 303 and S.B. 504. This legislation will allow parents of students in schools at over 120 percent capacity to take part of the state tax dollars spent on their child’s and use it at another public or private school. The bill passed in the House today.

03/22/2001
Foes Of Tax Cuts, Fans Of Big Gov't
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Foes Of Tax Cuts, Fans Of Big Gov't

BY James C. Miller III

Amid the controversy over House action on President Bush's tax cut, it's easy to miss the bigger battle. Whether Bush is moving too fast or too slowly, whether government should address revenue before outlays or vice versa, whether there should be a "trigger" on the tax cut - these are all tactics in the larger battle over the size and scope of the federal government. Take the argument that the president has "rushed through" the tax cut. Any new administration can get more done in the first day than in the next week, and more in that week than in the next month. Also, it is easier to defeat a bill than to get one passed into law. So fail to act quickly, and your tax cut is toast. Not surprisingly, those making the charge that the House acted precipitously and ignored "democratic processes" are found on the side of bigger government. Or take the debate over deciding revenue before outlays. Should Congress first decide how much of the taxpayers' money it can "afford" to spend and then budget accordingly? Or should it decide how much to spend and then adjust tax revenue? The second approach leads to greater revenue and spending than the first. So is it any wonder that those whose vision is an ever-larger government are among the most vocal critics of addressing revenue first? Finally, take the proposal to incorporate a "trigger" that would suspend the tax cut if the surplus fell below forecast. Such triggers do work. In the 1980s we had one called Gramm-Rudman-Hollings (GRH). In the first year of its operation, the growth in the federal deficit was reversed and came down a record $ 71 billion. Government spending, adjusted for inflation, actually fell for the first time in nearly two decades. In fact, GRH worked so well that it came under intense fire from members of Congress who simply could not live within its restraints. The GRH trigger was on the spending side. If the deficit failed to be eliminated according to schedule, a "mechanical robot" would cut spending across the board. Under the trigger being promoted today, if the surplus weren't maintained, tax rates would go up. But if the concern is really about the surplus, a spending trigger would suffice just as well. In fact, a spending trigger would work better. The tax cut is designed to put the economy back on its expansionary course by lowering marginal tax rates and giving investors more incentives to expand production. A tax trigger would add uncertainty and dampen the response the tax cut is meant to create. Naturally, proponents of the tax trigger tend to be aligned with larger government. What is surprising is that the proponents of the tax cut don't counter with a trigger of their own - one that would cut spending and thus focus the debate on the real issue, the size and scope of government. James Miller is a former director of the Office of Management and Budget. He is currently counselor to Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, a market-based education organization in Washington, D.C.

03/22/2001
Capitol Comment 293 - Education not Litigation: The Paul D. Coverdell Teacher Liability Protection Act of 2001
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Capitol Comment

Capitol Comment 293 - Education not Litigation: The Paul D. Coverdell Teacher Liability Protection Act of 2001

While schoolchildren often worry about fitting in with their peers, teachers are becoming more and more concerned each school year with the threat of lawsuits. In fact, a survey by the American Federation of Teachers shows that liability protection ranks among the top three concerns teachers want their unions to address. Thankfully, a bill in the U.S. Senate, “The Paul D. Coverdell Teacher Liability Protection Act” (S. 316), will help ease teachers’ concerns and allow them to focus on educating our children, rather than the threat of litigation.

03/21/2001
Capitol Comment 292 - Evidence Shows School Choice Works
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Capitol Comment 292 - Evidence Shows School Choice Works

Schools ought to be more accountable for students’ educational achievement. To that end, President Bush’s education plan proposes to make accountability enforceable: If a school fails to make progress in educating disadvantaged students for three years, parents of these students could use federal Title I funds to move their children to an alternative public or private school.

03/21/2001

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