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Teacher Health Insurance in Texas: A Solution Looking for a Problem
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Teacher Health Insurance in Texas: A Solution Looking for a Problem

Recently, there have been calls for improved teacher health insurance, with many people alleging the lack of teacher health insurance is the most important issue for improving education in Texas. No one disagrees that health insurance is an important issue, but there is much disagreement over proposals to use the Permanent School Fund to provide $700 million for the purchase of teacher health insurance. Diverting funds from the Permanent School Funds would be wrong for two reasons. First, the data do not suggest that there is a health insurance crisis for educators in Texas. Second, taking resources from the constitutionally created Permanent School Fund would threaten the fund’s long-term financial health.

05/06/2001
Fight, Don't Compromise, on Education
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Fight, Don't Compromise, on Education

As published in the Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2001 As an early supporter of President Bush's education plan, I now have deep reservations about the way this plan is being changed to win congressional approval. What began as an excellent reform strategy has been eviscerated twice--once in the name of bipartisanship and again to placate those on whose support the president should be able to rely.

05/04/2001
Paul Beckner's Letter to Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Support of HR 1542, the Tauzin-Dingell, Internet
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Paul Beckner's Letter to Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Support of HR 1542, the Tauzin-Dingell, Internet

This letter was sent by CSE President, Paul Beckner to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee to show CSE's support for the Tauzin-Dingell bill 1542 -- the "Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001." May 4, 2001 Dear Representative: Your name will be called and your vote will be recorded. On behalf of the more than 280,000 members and supporters of Citizens for a Sound Economy, I strongly urge your support for H.R. 1542.

05/04/2001
Wake school budget critics give alternative
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Wake school budget critics give alternative

BY T. KEUNG HUI

RALEIGH -- Conservative critics presented an alternative Wake County school budget Thursday that they said would meet classroom needs without requiring a property-tax increase. The proposal was made in response to the Wake school system's request for a 5-cent tax-rate increase. The counterproposal, developed by the John Locke Foundation for N.C. Citizens For A Sound Economy, called for millions in savings in non-instructional services and transferring non-teaching funding into money for teachers.

05/04/2001
BUDGET: SURPLUS ALLOWS CONGRESS TO GIVE TAXPAYERS A BREAK
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BUDGET: SURPLUS ALLOWS CONGRESS TO GIVE TAXPAYERS A BREAK

BODY: From the very first assertion until the final word of your April 30 piece, "In trade-off; the budget ax can hit home," I was amazed at your complete irreverence to truth and facts. Immediately delving into an emotional pitch for big government, the article begins with its first misconception: "Tax breaks require spending cuts."

05/04/2001
Misunderstanding Threatens to Derail Broadband Deployment
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Misunderstanding Threatens to Derail Broadband Deployment

H.R. 1542, “Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001,” would deregulate the high bandwidth Internet market and provide substantial benefit to consumers and the economy as a whole. Yet, some policymakers remain intent on framing the Internet broadband debate in the context of the antiquated local telephone network.

05/03/2001
With School Choice and 'Straight A's' Out, House Education Bill Gets Failing Grade, FRC Says
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With School Choice and 'Straight A's' Out, House Education Bill Gets Failing Grade, FRC Says

"H.R. 1 no longer bears any resemblance to President Bush's education plan," Family Research Council President Ken Connor said Thursday. "With school choice and 'Straight A's' cut, the House education bill just pours more money into the same flawed system. Family Research Council has no other choice but to give H.R. 1 a failing grade." The House Education and Workforce Committee voted 27-20 Wednesday to remove private school choice from H.R. 1, the House education bill. This provision would have allowed parents of low-income students in chronically failing schools to place their children in a private school. The committee previously drew criticism from conservative lawmakers and pro-family groups, like the Family Research Council, for removing "Straight A's" from the bill. Under this provision, states can either choose the education status quo or enter into a results-oriented contract that would give greater freedom in exchange for clearer accountability. "The House committee had already ripped the conservative heart out of the education bill by taking 'Straight A's out," Mr. Connor said. "With school choice now excluded, the soul is gone, too. Unless Congressional leadership fights hard to reconfigure H.R. 1 into a revolutionary bill that will give local communities and parents more control over education, there is little hope this Congress will enact true education reform." The Republican Study Committee released a statement this morning which listed groups and individuals now opposed to H.R. 1. In addition to Family Research Council, those opposed to the House education bill include: Dr. James Dobson and Focus on the Family; Concerned Women for America; Eagle Forum; Independent Women's Forum; Citizens for a Sound Economy; Free Congress Foundation; Education Policy Institute; Janet Parshall with "Janet Parshall's America"; Family First of Nebraska; Family Foundation of Kentucky; New Jersey Family Policy Council; Louisiana Family Forum; Pennsylvania Family Institute; Rocky Mountain Family Council; Free Market Foundation of Texas; Christian Civic League of Maine; South Dakota Family Policy Council.

05/03/2001
CSE Activists Hail Bush’s Commission on Social Security
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CSE Activists Hail Bush’s Commission on Social Security

“Events like these show the power of CSE’s commitment to real people and important issues,” Joyce Fernando, CSE’s 2000 Activist of the Year. On May 2, President George W. Bush unveiled a 16-member bipartisan commission to examine the recommendations for preserving Social Security. Four activists from Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) were present in the White House Rose Garden to witness this important event. They were invited to attend the event because of their involvement in Citizens for a Sound Economy, and the organization’s commitment to reforming Social Security.

05/02/2001
Testimony of Richard S. Lindzen Before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
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Testimony of Richard S. Lindzen Before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works 2 May 2001 Written Testimony Richard S. Lindzen

05/02/2001
Testimony of John R. Christy Before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
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Testimony of John R. Christy Before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works 2 May 2001 Written Testimony John R. Christy University of Alabama in Huntsville Mr. Chairman and Committee Members, I am pleased to accept your invitation to speak to you again about climate change. I am John Christy, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. I am also Alabama’s State Climatologist and recently served as one of the Lead Authors of the IPCC. CARBON DIOXIDE

05/02/2001

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