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Tax Fact #28: Department of Commerce: Financial Mismanagement and Redundancy Should Rule Out Spending Increases
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Tax Fact #28: Department of Commerce: Financial Mismanagement and Redundancy Should Rule Out Spending Increases

Before giving money to federal programs, Congress has a moral obligation to ensure that these programs can account for every tax dollar they spend. This week, when the Senate considers increasing the budget for the Department of Commerce by $2.1 billion ($1.7 billion of which is dedicated to the 2000 Census), lawmakers should take note of a recent General Accounting Office report that most agencies within this department "lack the basic financial and performance information they need to manage their programs and activities and improve their performance."

07/21/1999
Capitol Comment 243 - Class Action Lawsuits: America's New Boom Industry
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Capitol Comment 243 - Class Action Lawsuits: America's New Boom Industry

The class action lawsuit: a good idea gone bad. A class action lawsuit allows adjudication of the claims of many similarly situated plaintiffs in one trial, as opposed to each individual plaintiff bringing his or her own claim. For instance, if a credit card company wrongly overcharged every cardholder by $1,000, cardholders could join together in a class action, rather than each suing the credit card company individually.

07/20/1999
Corporation for Public Broadcasting: Prepared Statement of Kent Lassman before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, an
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Corporation for Public Broadcasting: Prepared Statement of Kent Lassman before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, an

In 1899, Lee de Forest completed doctoral work at Yale studying the length and velocity of electromagnetic waves. In the introduction to his autobiography, Father of Radio, de Forest wrote, "I discovered an Invisible Empire of the Air, intangible, yet solid as granite."1 A century after de Forest’s experiments, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is an empire of the airwaves; its form is difficult to grasp and it is solidly entrenched in the federal budget. Like de Forest, I believe in progress and progress requires alternatives to increased federal funding for the CPB.

07/20/1999
Paving the Way for 21st Century Telecommunications
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Paving the Way for 21st Century Telecommunications

Telecom Reform Bill Passes Oregon Senate Today; House Approval Pending (PORTLAND) – Oregon Citizens for a Sound Economy (Oregon CSE) commended the Oregon Senate today for passing SB 622, a telecommunications reform bill that would help all Oregon consumers – particularly rural customers and schools – by moving away from monopoly-era regulations that discourage innovation and quality.

07/19/1999
Tax Fact #26: $9 Billion to a Nation of Part-Time Farmers?
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Tax Fact #26: $9 Billion to a Nation of Part-Time Farmers?

According to recent Department of Agriculture statistics, America has become a nation of middle-class, part-time farmers. Yet some lawmakers are suggesting that because of the recent dip in crop prices, farmers should be given as much as $9 billion in direct crop support payments and subsidies for disaster programs such as low-cost crop insurance. Before throwing $9 billion to a handful of part-time farmers, lawmakers should consider the following information reported in the USDA’s Agriculture Fact Book for 1998:

07/16/1999
Letter to California Gov. Gray Davis regarding third-party bad faith lawsuits
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Letter to California Gov. Gray Davis regarding third-party bad faith lawsuits

The Hon. Gray Davis Office of the Governor State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Governor Davis:

07/15/1999
Broadband: A Grand Slam Strategy for Bridging the Digital Divide
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Broadband: A Grand Slam Strategy for Bridging the Digital Divide

The Internet is growing at an astounding rate as people access it faster than any other technology in history. An impressive array of statistics from both government agencies and economists attest to these facts. Yet, as with any new technology, there are varying rates of adoption – not every American has access to the Internet today. Competition and innovation will lower costs and increase availability of the Internet for all consumers. As a result, those who do not have access to the latest technologies will likely have access to them in the very near future.

07/14/1999
Capitol Comment 241 - Kennedy Strikes Back: The Return of Nationalized Health Care
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Capitol Comment 241 - Kennedy Strikes Back: The Return of Nationalized Health Care

In 1994, President Clinton tried to nationalize the health care industry in an ill-advised attempt to help the millions of Americans without insurance. Now, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and the president are at it again – only this time, they want to take control of private health plans and leave uninsured Americans out in the cold. What’s worse, under the guise of their "Patients’ Bill of Rights," millions more would lose the health insurance they currently enjoy.

07/13/1999
Capitol Comment 245 - Congress Needs to Pass Comprehensive Civil Justice Reform
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Capitol Comment 245 - Congress Needs to Pass Comprehensive Civil Justice Reform

When the editorial pages of the conservative Wall Street Journal and the liberal Washington Post agree on an issue, both politicians and voters should take notice. Recently the Post described America’s legal system as a "kind of lottery in which clever trial lawyers and a few victims get very rich at the cost of society's confidence in the justice system." The Journal opined that recent verdicts have "corrod[ed] the public’s, and the world’s, belief that courtrooms are serious places."

07/12/1999
Suggested Talking Points - UNC Bond Issue
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Suggested Talking Points - UNC Bond Issue

Let the people vote! Historically, the citizens of North Carolina have had the opportunity to vote on bond proposals in our state. Now, however, the General Assembly is rushing consideration of a three billion dollar bond issue that bypasses the public’s traditional role in approving the state’s education bond issues. Such a move not only would put the state’s consumers at risk for higher taxes, bypassing the people’s right to vote on the University bond issue will cost taxpayers 40 million dollars and cause a huge $247 million budget shortfall next year.

07/06/1999

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