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It's Time to Pay Attention to Spending
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It's Time to Pay Attention to Spending

Recently, Congress passed the “Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003,” a tax cut that addresses a number of flaws in the current tax code. Importantly, the tax bill focused on incentives, with across-the-board tax cuts, reductions in the cost of capital, and changes in depreciation that would foster investment by small business. In addition, it sought to remove punitive elements of the code, such as double taxation and the marriage penalty. The bill that finally passed was less than half of what President Bush initially proposed. Using the deficit for leverage, the Senate capped the tax cut. Interestingly, they also added $20 billion in new spending to bail out debt-ridden states, which raises questions about whether they were concerned about the deficit or what was left for them to spend.

06/18/2003
CSE Members Rally Against Massive New Hampshire Spending Increases
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CSE Members Rally Against Massive New Hampshire Spending Increases

The 2003 New Hampshire budget battle has been a classic confrontation between the big spenders and those promoting fiscal responsibility. As submitted, Governor Craig Benson’s budget called for a 6% increase in state spending and contained no new taxes or increases. Having passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, the budget now contains an increase of 13% in state spending, spends all of the state bailout money provided for by the Congress and levies a new tax on nursing homes.

06/17/2003
CSE Weighs in on North Carolina Budget Battle
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CSE Weighs in on North Carolina Budget Battle

This article originally ran in the Winston-Salem Journal. EDUCATORS UPSET OVER CUTS; BUDGET REDUCTIONS WILL BE FELT IN THE CLASSROOMS, OFFICIALS SAY RALEIGH -- Education leaders told state senators yesterday that they can't handle more cuts in public education. Anti-tax activists told them that taxpayers can't handle more tax increases.

06/10/2003
This Week on Capitol Hill
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This Week on Capitol Hill

Congress is off to the races as a number of major legislative initiatives jockey for consideration on the floor of the House. While Funny Cide failed to win the Triple Crown in the mud at Belmont this past weekend, Congress is chomping at the bit with its own Trifecta: Spend, Spend Some More, and Spend Even More Than That.

06/09/2003
White House Increases Competition for Contracts
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White House Increases Competition for Contracts

Today, Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) praised the Bush administration for improving the process through which private companies compete to provide commercial services to the public. Federal agencies currently employ both public and private sector resources to perform a variety of commercial services – services like computer support, collecting fees at National Parks, and landscaping to name a few.

05/30/2003
White House Increases Competition for Contracts;
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White House Increases Competition for Contracts;

Today, Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) praised the Bush administration for improving the process through which private companies compete to provide commercial services to the public. Federal agencies currently employ both public and private sector resources to perform a variety of commercial services -- services like computer support, collecting fees at National Parks, and landscaping to name a few. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced several reforms today, resulting from a two-year effort to shorten the contract competition process and to make it simpler and fairer. These reforms mean that taxpayers will get more bang for their buck from public services. According to OMB Director Mitch Daniels, introducing fair competition can save taxpayers an average of 30 percent. CSE Chief Economist Dr. Wayne Brough made the following statement: "The changes mean taxpayers will pay less for better services. "As in any market, competition generates lower prices and improved services. The government should incorporate competitive practices wherever practical. Providing goods or services to the government should be subject to the same competitive forces that operate everywhere. Competition in the marketplace should determine winners and losers, based on the ability to meet the government's needs at the lowest price. At the same time, competition reduces the government's ability to play favorites when granting contracts. Price and quality should drive the decisions, not politics and favoritism."

05/29/2003
Fighting the Last Monetary War
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Fighting the Last Monetary War

©2003 Copley News Service, 5/27/2003 While in Europe over the Memorial Day weekend, where we celebrated the liberation of Holland and the D-Day landing at Normandy, I noticed many newspaper headlines bemoaning the specter of deflation hanging over the European economy.

05/27/2003
Texas CSE Wonders: Where are the Chicken Ds?
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Texas CSE Wonders: Where are the Chicken Ds?

This month, Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) stormed the State Capitol to demand that the 53 Democratic legislators who packed their bags and left the state get back to work. The “Chicken Ds” abdicated their jobs in an effort to block state House Republicans from sending any legislation to Senate this session. Under state law, there must a quorum, or 100 of 150 legislators, on the floor before any business can be conducted. With the deadline for sending bills to the Senate looming, Texas CSE activists rallied to urge the Chicken Ds to return to the jobs they were elected to do.

05/22/2003
The House of Bloat
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The House of Bloat

Perhaps it is fitting that the House Administration Committee would wait until the day last week when White House Budget Director Mitch Daniels resigned to release its new spending plan. Daniels is an impassioned believer in fiscal discipline, and was known around policy circles as “The Blade” for his knife-edged approach to fat budgets and Congressional negotiators. The big spenders in Congress disliked Daniels and his tough approach, his departure is another sign that spending restraint has collapsed in Washington.

05/13/2003
Stop Governor Rendell from Taking More of Your Money!
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Stop Governor Rendell from Taking More of Your Money!

The battle over Pennsylvania’s budget continues this week as Governor Rendell and state legislators have yet to come to an agreement. Pennsylvania lawmakers rightly rejected the governor’s initial budget, part of his “Plan for a New Pennsylvania” in March and so far the state is without a real budget.

04/29/2003

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