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FreedomWorks Activists Organize to Stop $800 million Oregon Tax Hike Scheme
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FreedomWorks Activists Organize to Stop $800 million Oregon Tax Hike Scheme

Salem, OR - FreedomWorks is unleashing its grassroots network in Oregon to stop the state legislature from raising state income taxes by $800 million. Raising taxes during a recession is terrible public policy and will not lead to long term economic growth. Only by reducing taxes and regulations, and making Oregon a more business-friendly state can we achieve the goal of steady economic growth for Oregon.

05/22/2009
Senate-Passed Bill Would Bring Sunlight To Fed
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Senate-Passed Bill Would Bring Sunlight To Fed

BY Ryan Grim

The amendment was pushed by Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the highest ranking Republican on the finance committee, and quietly breezed through 95 to 1. Grassley said that his measure wasn't aimed at limiting the Fed's independence, but that Congress just wanted to know a little bit about what it's doing. [UPDATE: In response to the justifiably, curious, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was the lone no vote.]The proposal is, said Grassley, "an important reform for holding the entities involved in the massive taxpayer-funded economic bailout accountable to the public."

05/22/2009
LAMBRO: New Protests Planned
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LAMBRO: New Protests Planned

BY Don Lambro

Last month's nationwide "tea party" demonstrations to protest massive government spending increases and rising taxes received relatively little coverage from the national news media.Liberal big-government groups dismissed them as the work of right-wing advocacy organizations in Washington, and the events were so dispersed - most of them in small cities and towns - that no one could be sure how many actually had turned out to attend them.

05/22/2009
Oregon House Democrats propose higher taxes for corporations, wealthy
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Oregon House Democrats propose higher taxes for corporations, wealthy

BY Harry Esteve and Jeff Mapes

SALEM -- The state can ease its budget crisis by increasing taxes on corporations and adding a new, higher tax bracket for Oregon households that make more than $250,000 a year, a group of House Democratic leaders said Thursday.The tax increases, which could add half a billion dollars or more to the state's general fund, emerged as the centerpiece of the House Democrats' plan to deal with an expected two-year budget shortfall of up to $4 billion.

05/22/2009
Battle lines are being drawn over taxes
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Battle lines are being drawn over taxes

BY Peter Wong

Even before a single vote is taken, the political battle lines are being drawn over higher taxes — particularly on higher-income households and corporations — to balance Oregon's sagging state budget.Depending on legislative action, those battle lines could extend to Oregon's voters, if opponents have their way.

05/22/2009
MPAA vs. Consumers
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MPAA vs. Consumers

Closing arguments were heard in San Francisco today in a case brought by the Hollywood studios to ban RealDVD from the market.  The Motion Picture Association of America made it clear that it beleives consumers have no right to copy legally purchased DVDs.  In their view, "One copy is a violation of the DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act]."  Should Hollywood prevail, the DMCA will trump Fair Use doctrine, that has balanced consumer's uses of content with the rights of the content providers.  For an update, check "Fair Use or No Use?"

05/21/2009
Fair Use or No Use?
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Fair Use or No Use?

Last fall, RealNetworks launched a new product, RealDVD, allowing users to legally save a copy of any DVD that they own. However, in what appears to be an ongoing war with consumers, the motion picture studios—including Disney, Paramount, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., and Viacom—have filed a lawsuit against RealNetworks to have the new product banned. Within a week of its unveiling, the studios had a temporary restraining order in place, removing the product from the market.

05/21/2009
Oregon's Latest Tax Hike Scheme
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Oregon's Latest Tax Hike Scheme

This week the Democrat co-chairs of the Ways and Means Committee announced their budget plan.  It includes an $800 million tax increase on the “wealthy”.  In reality the tax is a job killer, a massive increase targeting small and family businesses.  All in a time when Oregon has 12 percent unemployment, the second highest in the nation and still growing.

05/21/2009
Salem, Oregon Tea Party Pictures
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Salem, Oregon Tea Party Pictures

Check out these pictures of the great crowd in Salem on April 15:

05/21/2009
Help Kill the New York Soda Tax
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Help Kill the New York Soda Tax

Like something out of a horror film, the New York soda tax that won’t die is once again rearing its ugly head.  It looks like Albany lawmakers are trying to take a few pages from the Obama-Pelosi-Reid playbook to pay for their pet projects with so-called “sin taxes.”  Or maybe it was Governor Patterson’s earlier plan that inspired the federal soda tax plan?  Well, no matter who started it – it’s a bad plan.Take Action and tell your elected officials they can’t nickel and dime New York taxpayers this way.Instead of doing the right thing by cutting spending, state lawmakers have proposed this new tax on non-diet soda to fund property tax relief.  What soda has to do with property taxes remains to be seen, but this is a prime example of government efforts to redistribute money and subsidize one favored program or group on the backs of others.  Governor Paterson and other state legislators have acknowledged that New York state, like many others across the country, is facing a massive budget deficit.  To most households that would mean cutting back, tightening some belts, and spending less.  That’s why it’s hard to understand why Paterson has proposed a budget with $1.4 billion in new spending!  Cash-strapped taxpayers can’t keep footing the bill.With ever increasing tax hikes on the horizon, many are already fleeing the state.  That doesn’t bode well for New York’s future.  Soon a smaller and smaller group of people will be asked to cough up more and more for the projects state leaders aren’t willing to let go of.  This is clearly an unsustainable course.Please take action and urge your lawmakers to oppose this soda tax hike once and for all.  Tax hikes stand in the way of New York’s prosperity and only continue to feed the growth of government.  Now is the time to cut spending, waste, and the regulations that stand in the way of long-term growth.

05/21/2009

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