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Oregon CSE Promotes Common-Sense Environmental Solutions
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Oregon CSE Promotes Common-Sense Environmental Solutions

Since the fall of 1999, Oregon CSE (OR CSE) has been promoting common-sense environmental solutions to state salmon and water quality issues. OR CSE has been educating and mobilizing volunteer activists across the state to become engaged in these policy debates.

03/03/2000
Oregon CSE's Activists Help Modernize State's Telecommunications Laws
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Oregon CSE's Activists Help Modernize State's Telecommunications Laws

In 1999, Oregon CSE's (OR CSE's) 10,000 volunteer activists won a major victory in the battle to modernize the state's telecommunications marketplace. OR CSE worked with the state legislature to ensure passage of Senate Bill 622, legislation that provides Oregonians with greater choice and competition in their telecommunications marketplace. The Executive Director of the Oregon Republican Party, Darrell Howard commented, "I can't believe OR CSE was able to pass S.B. 622. It's all due to your grassroots efforts."

03/03/2000
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Local Telephone Competition
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Local Telephone Competition

It is awfully hard to make good policy decisions if an issue is incomprehensible. Consider the following lead from this morning's news in the telecommunications industry: "A new study by the Strategis Group predicts that the "local telecom market value would grow to $160 billion by 2004, with CLECs capturing more than $27 billion of revenue (17%)."

03/03/2000
225 Washington CSE Activists Storm the Washington State Capitol, Demanding Less Government and Lower Taxes
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225 Washington CSE Activists Storm the Washington State Capitol, Demanding Less Government and Lower Taxes

On February 21, 2000, 225 volunteer activists joined the Washington State CSE staff for Washington CSE Day at the Capitol in Olympia. CSE volunteer activists racked up more than 300 visits with their state legislators, including Co-Speaker of the House Clyde Ballard and Senate Minority Leader Jim West. From the Columbian (Vancouver, WA), February 22, 2000: "It was Citizens for a Sound Economy day in Olympia, starring a small army of folks who generally want less: Less government red tape, lower taxes and fewer excuses for inaction.

03/02/2000
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Merger Debate Puts the FCC on the Hot Seat
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Merger Debate Puts the FCC on the Hot Seat

As discussed in our inaugural Tech Byte, the war between Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is heating up. The most recent battle has focused on the FCC's role in the merger review process. With several big mergers on the horizon, the FCC is still backlogged with mergers that have been pending for years.

03/02/2000
IRS IS TAKEN TO TASK FOR “PERVASIVE MATERIAL WEAKNESSES” IN NEW AUDIT OF THE TAX COLLECTING AGENCY.
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IRS IS TAKEN TO TASK FOR “PERVASIVE MATERIAL WEAKNESSES” IN NEW AUDIT OF THE TAX COLLECTING AGENCY.

“Scrap the Code” advocates see audit as further proof that America needs tax simplification. The Government Accounting Office (GAO) testified before Congress February 29 to deliver a stunning report on its 1999 audit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The GAO concludes, “serious internal control issues continued to affect IRS’ management of unpaid assessments.”

03/02/2000
Government Waste Rampant, According to New Report
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Government Waste Rampant, According to New Report

A new report by the House Budget Committee Majority details longstanding waste throughout the federal government. The report, "Reviving the Reform Agenda," aims to renew congressional focus on accountability in the spending of taxpayer dollars. According to the report “Federal programs continue to waste billions of dollars annually through longstanding, systemic problems that persist – and in some cases are growing worse – despite repeated warnings from the Government’s principal watchdogs, the General Accounting Office [GAO] and the inspectors general [IG] of government agencies.”

03/02/2000
A Citizen's Guide to the Death Tax
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A Citizen's Guide to the Death Tax

Federal politicians’ insatiable desire to tax private citizens is nowhere more clearly demonstrated than in the spectacle of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seizing taxes that are owed for no other reason than the fact that an American has died. Whether they are called federal “transfer taxes,” “estate taxes” or “death taxes,” they amount to the same thing: the government seizing American citizens’ property at their death instead of allowing them to pass a legacy on to family or other loved ones as they see fit.

03/01/2000
Making Sense of Insurance: A Consumer Guide to Regulatory Reform
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Making Sense of Insurance: A Consumer Guide to Regulatory Reform

Life, it is said, is full of uncertainties. Most of us prefer it that way. The business of living would be awfully dull if we knew in advance everything that was going to happen to us. Indeed, many of life’s greatest pleasures come in the form of surprises — and it is often the element of surprise that provides much of the joy and excitement we feel when something good happens. But uncertainty has its downside as well. Some of the surprises that a person experiences in life are anything but pleasant. The unplanned events that we refer to as “accidents” fit into this category — things ranging from a house fire, to a car crash, to a slip on an icy sidewalk. Natural calamities — such as hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes — that devastate our homes and communities are also among the surprises that most of us would just as soon do without. The same can be said for illness and disease.

03/01/2000
A Citizen's Guide to Social Security
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A Citizen's Guide to Social Security

In the 1930s, the effects of the Great Depression were still being felt in America. President Roosevelt favored using the federal government to address unemployment, poverty, and other social ills of the time. The Social Security program was, in fact, a 1930s solution to a 1930s situation. Initially financed by a mere 2-percent tax on the first $3,000 of a worker's income, 200,000 retirees were paid an average $58 a year by the government-run program in its first three years.

03/01/2000

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