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Capitol Comment 257 - Smart Growth? Not in My Backyard
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Capitol Comment 257 - Smart Growth? Not in My Backyard

As the vilification of "urban sprawl" reaches ever-louder decibels, "smart growth" has been held out as the answer to concerns about our quality of life. Smart growth, though not clearly defined even by its supporters, generally consists of several proposals: "in-fill," which means channeling growth towards existing urban areas, "clustered" development, in which tightly grouped homes are surrounded by large areas of open space, greatly expanded commuter rail systems, and high density development.

10/28/1999
Capitol Comment 256 - Schizophrenic Health Care Reformers
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Capitol Comment 256 - Schizophrenic Health Care Reformers

The House of Representatives passed tax breaks to make health insurance more affordable on October 7 – then followed up with a law to make it more expensive on October 8. This isn’t the only instance where politicians are ‘reforming’ at cross-purposes. Consider their schizophrenic stands on managed care and Medicare reform. Causing people to lose their insurance contradicts the whole notion of patients' rights.

10/27/1999
Issue Analysis 96 - School Choice: Issues and Answers
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Issue Analysis 96 - School Choice: Issues and Answers

Americans are free to make decisions about their health, education, and welfare. We can choose what to eat, how to exercise, whom to marry, where to worship, and which candidate deserves our vote. Students can use federal financial aid to attend the college of their choice – even a seminary! But most Americans have little ability to choose how or where their children will be educated during their most critical formative years.

10/27/1999
I-695: Is The Sky Really Falling? … Or Big Business, Big Labor, Chicken Little
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I-695: Is The Sky Really Falling? … Or Big Business, Big Labor, Chicken Little

As a former elected official, I would suggest anything that makes a majority of the politicians scream bloody murder is probably a good thing. I-695 is fairly simple. It would reduce the tax we all pay for our car tabs to $30. Additionally, it would require a vote of the people any time state or local politicians want to raise taxes or fees. Hence the screaming.

10/25/1999
Tech Fact #4 - Taxing the Internet, Let Me Count the Ways ...
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Tech Fact #4 - Taxing the Internet, Let Me Count the Ways ...

Federal legislation imposed a temporary moratorium on new Internet taxes, but that has not stopped enterprising politicians from proposing numerous ways to tax electronic commerce:

10/21/1999
Capitol Comment 255 - A Toxic Recipe for Bigger Government: Renewing the Superfund Tax
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Capitol Comment 255 - A Toxic Recipe for Bigger Government: Renewing the Superfund Tax

President Clinton Calls for New Taxes. On September 30, President Clinton signed a three-week continuing resolution for fiscal year 1999. During his remarks after the signing, the president referred to a renewal of the Superfund tax, which expired in 1995.

10/12/1999
Capitol Comment 255 - A Toxic Recipe for Bigger Government: Renewing the Superfund Tax
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Capitol Comment 255 - A Toxic Recipe for Bigger Government: Renewing the Superfund Tax

President Clinton Calls for New Taxes. On September 30, President Clinton signed a three-week continuing resolution for fiscal year 1999. During his remarks after the signing, the president referred to a renewal of the Superfund tax, which expired in 1995.

10/12/1999
Issue Analysis 95 - Congress Shouldn’t Stick Patients with Higher Medical Bills
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Issue Analysis 95 - Congress Shouldn’t Stick Patients with Higher Medical Bills

The House of Representatives is poised to debate several bills that would refashion health insurance in America. These proposals have many provisions similar to those in the various versions of the "Patients’ Bill of Rights" the Senate debated in July. Some of the legislation would create new tax incentives and mechanisms for purchasing health insurance; others would add new regulations and new lawsuits to the health care system. The list of bills that may be enacted, in whole or part, includes:

10/01/1999
Congress May Halt Internet Sales of Micro-Brews
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Congress May Halt Internet Sales of Micro-Brews

Act Now! Free the Beer! Legislation pending in Congress may halt Internet sales of micro-brews: The growth of the Internet and its ability to serve niche markets allows beer and wine lovers to order craft brews and wines unavailable in local stores. But a law under consideration in Congress may put an end to such Internet purchases.

10/01/1999
Trade, Jobs, and Manufacturing
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Trade, Jobs, and Manufacturing

ABSTRACT FROM CATO Imports, contrary to popular opinion, have no negative effects on the overall employment level, and most Americans do not work in sectors that face competetion from imports. By trading for goods that can be produced at a relatively cheaper price abroad, the United States must focus on producing goods and services that can be produced at a relatively cheaper price domestically. Therefore, trade encourages investment in those sectors with higher worker productivity, and consequently, higher wges and salaries. Most Americans work in service sectors that face little or no import competition, and for them, imports give more choice for consumers, encourage innovation, and raise wages. Workers in manufactoring and farming sectors that have some import competition make up a small percentage of total workers. In fact, technology and other factors caused more lost jobs than imports did. Trade barriers do not save jobs, and thus policy should encourage creating new jobs.

09/30/1999

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