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Dr. Brough and Adam Brandon Meet with Washington Examiner
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Dr. Brough and Adam Brandon Meet with Washington Examiner

Dr. Wayne Brough and Adam Brandon were invited to the editorial board of the Washington Examiner to discuss legal reform. The conversation lasted over an hour and Dr. B presented the FreedomWorks position on tort reform, and pointed the reporters to several studies and articles for future background information. Brandon introduced the ed-board to FreedomWorks and grassroots activism. The Examiner looks forward to future FreedomWorks op-eds.

06/28/2006
Tuesday at the General Assembly
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Tuesday at the General Assembly

Budget negotiations

06/28/2006
Congressional Report Card
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Congressional Report Card

The Heritage Foundation recenly published its third-quarter report card for Congress, and it looks as if some improvement is needed, especially in the area of entitlement reform. That story here.

06/27/2006
A $2 Trillion Error
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A $2 Trillion Error

When tax cuts are proposed, some Members of Congress and outside agencies clamor about how much the cuts will deplete the government coffers. The Wall Street Journal reports, though, that the CBO and Joint Tax Committee managed to underestimate tax revenue by $2.04 trillion over the last ten years. It seems as though their outdated method of forecasting, in which they didn't take into account the economic growth caused by tax cuts, led them to make this gross underestimation. Perhaps the CBO and JTC should have a look at this article on dynamic analysis and throw their old models out.

06/27/2006
Kyoto Goes Bust
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Kyoto Goes Bust

Reason Foundation senior analyst Shikha Dalmia comments that the Kyoto protocols carbon trading scheme has collapsed, with a glut of emissions credits flooding the market.  Prices of per ton of CO2 emissions credits dropped from 31euros to 12euros in just three weeks, finally resting at 9euros.  This is not because of drastic reductions in emissions, but rather due to the design of the artificial carbon market.  Countries and companies are allocated credits based on their own predictions of future growth, and predictably everyone grossly overestimates so that they do not have to buy credits.  Yet even if all European countries met their emissions targets, it would only reduce global average temperatures by 0.1 degrees centigrade by 2050.  She concludes that

06/27/2006
Heritage Panel Discusses SOX Reform
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Heritage Panel Discusses SOX Reform

Yesterday, Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL), along with Alex Pollack of AEI and David John of Heritage, spoke at the Heritage Foundation on reforming the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Passed in the wake of the Enron and WorldCom scandals, the goal of SOX is to tighten corporate governance and remedy the problem of moral hazard in corporations.

06/27/2006
Double Taxation
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Double Taxation

Daniel Mitchell of the Heritage Foundation exposes the US practice of 'world wide taxation' where expatriates living overseas are forced to pay US taxes along with the taxes they pay in their adopted country. He explains the harm this does to business because many of the companies agree to pay for their employees taxes so that they are not paying more than they would if they lived in the US. Senator Jim DeMint seeks to relief expatriates and their companies of this burden through the "Working American Competitiveness Act" which would eliminate this tax burden.

06/27/2006
Paulson Discusses Taxes, Social Security and the Budget
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Paulson Discusses Taxes, Social Security and the Budget

It appears that former Goldman Sachs CEO is headed to quick confirmation as Treasury secretary after his Senate confirmation hearing today. At the hearing Paulson discussed a wide range of issues from tax revenues to trade with China. Paulson spoke in favor of the President's tax cuts on dividends and capital gains and that with more revenue coming in and a growing economy, we can focus on cutting spengding and deficit reduction. Paulson sounded upbeat on our deficit problems:

06/27/2006
Florida FreedomWorks Helps Mark First Anniversary of Kelo
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Florida FreedomWorks Helps Mark First Anniversary of Kelo

RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA. On Friday June 23rd, the anniversary of the infamous U.S. Supreme Court’s Kelo Decision, FreedomWorks along with the Institute for Justice, the Pacific Legal Foundation and the Constitution Committee of Florida hosted a rally in Riviera Beach to show support for the citizens of Riviera Beach who are still embroiled in an effort by the city government to seize their property for private developers. Over 100 concerned citizens showed up to voice their concern of this abuse by city officials. FreedomWorks Florida State Director John Hallman and FreedomWorks Florida Field Coordinator Tom Gaitens were among the invited speakers to address the crowd. Also Florida State Representative’s Carl Domino and Everett Rice were on hand to show their support for private property rights. Despite Governor Bush signing the most aggressive protections of property rights in the nation, Riviera Beach city officials are still trying to circumvent the new law and toss out citizens from their homes. Florida FreedomWorks Field Coordinator Tom Gaitens commented, “this is why as citizens we must stay vigilant to defend our freedoms in this country or we will see them slowly erode.” Florida State Director John Hallman commented “ freedom works when we don’t have to live in fear that our homes will be taken from us by government to benefit another private entity.”

06/27/2006
Return Trip
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Return Trip

BY Peter Bell

After five years with the Progress and Freedom Foundation, research fellow Kent Lassman is returning to his former digs at FreedomWorks as senior vice president for strategy. From 1998 until 2001, Lassman worked for Citizens for a Sound Economy, the forerunner to FreedomWorks. At CSE, Lassman developed a specialty in telecommunications policy analysis, which later took him to PFF in 2001. While there, he introduced state policymakers to the think tank's research. Lassman, 32, is originally from Geneseo, Ill., and is finishing up a master's degree in public administration at North Carolina State University

06/27/2006

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