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09/23/2003
COUNTY'S SPENDING CALLED OUT OF CONTROL
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COUNTY'S SPENDING CALLED OUT OF CONTROL

BY NIRVI SHAH

A local tax-watchdog group claims county spending is out of control, outpacing population growth and providing services that are luxuries, not government responsibilities. The county's total budget has grown 65 percent since 1997 - from $1.8 billion to the $3.1 billion budget commissioners are expected to approve Monday. Meanwhile, the county's population has grown about 21 percent, according to the U.S. Census.

09/20/2003
AmeriWaste
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AmeriWaste

This week AmeriCorps supporters are rallying in Washington to get taxpayer’s money for the Clinton-created “volunteer” program that pays college students for community service. They are planning 100 hours of non-stop testimony detailing how AmeriCorps “volunteers” are rebuilding communities, assisting the elderly, mentoring children, and rekindling a sense of patriotism—and how none of this good work will happen if they don’t get $100 million more from Congress.

09/03/2003
Hasta La Vista, Buffett
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Hasta La Vista, Buffett

©2003 Copley News Service, 8/19/2003 There is a long and tragic tradition that runs through American politics in which politicians spend themselves into a fiscal crisis during good economic times and then raise taxes to bail themselves out when a recession hits and revenues plummet. This is precisely what's going on today in Alabama and California.

08/19/2003
Unsolicited Economic Advice
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Unsolicited Economic Advice

©2003 Copley News Service, 8/12/2003

08/12/2003
Spending is the Maine Problem
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Spending is the Maine Problem

Lawmakers in Maine realized the need for tax reform to fund education and give Mainers property tax relief. On November 4, 2003 a referendum will be held for the citizens of Maine to vote on tax reform proposals. The only plan that has made the November 4th ballot thus far was proposed by the Maine Municipal Association (MMA). MMA’s plan calls for the state to provide over $200 million for local education and to give taxpayers property tax relief of the same amount. Still, Maine state officials need to be careful of how to raise the $200 million necessary for the tax cut. The additional revenues needed should come from spending cuts to ensure that one tax relief is not traded with some other tax increase. According to the Tax Foundation, Maine ranks #1 in the country with the highest combined state and local tax burden as a percentage of income. This statistic shows the heavy load all Mainers must carry with them and further emphasizes the need for legitimate reform. Another plan is expected to be proposed by the state Legislature in the special session that begins August 21st. The Legislature’s plan will almost certainly contain broadening the sales tax as well as increasing the upper tax bracket from 8% to 10% to cancel out any property tax relief. It is clear that Mainers need relief, and that this plan negates any break for the taxpayers. The Maine Legislature must find ways to reduce its costs and its spending significantly. CSE wants to take action to ensure the citizens of Maine get real tax reform– but we need you! Click on the link below to sign-up and join CSE’s volunteer army now! Forward this email to as many of your fellow taxpayers as you can so that they can join our fight as well. Be sure to sign-up with CSE so that we can keep you up to date on this and other important issues.

07/31/2003
Oregon: Battle Against "Borrow and Spend"
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Oregon: Battle Against "Borrow and Spend"

When they’re not raising taxes, too often big-spending politicians are trying to sock future taxpayers with the tab for big increases in government borrowing. Last week, quick work by Oregon CSE helped derail a new borrowing plan that would have destabilized state finances.

07/24/2003
A New Charge Against Fraud and Waste
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A New Charge Against Fraud and Waste

With government spending up to $2.2 trillion a year, there’s more room than ever for waste, fraud, and abuse. Three cheers, then, for Representative Jim Nussle, who as Chairman of the House Budget Committee has launched a war to expose the rotten or unnecessary parts of the federal government.

07/24/2003
This Week on Capitol Hill
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This Week on Capitol Hill

Deficit Numbers On July 15th, the White House released the Mid-Year Budget Review of the U.S. Budget. The news that the budget deficit is spiking dramatically this year to $455 billion appeared to shock the Washington media, but it wasn't a surprise to CSE members who have watched the spending orgy of the past four years.

07/17/2003
The Red Ink Capital
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The Red Ink Capital

This week the White House budget office released the “Mid-Session Review” of the federal budget. As expected the new figures point to higher deficits. For fiscal year 2003, the deficit jumps from $304 billion to $455 billion. Federal spending now consumes $2.2 trillion dollars, and the budget report increases the estimate of 2003 spending by $71 billion. While a slow economy and the Iraqi war have much to do with the deficit, the report is indicative of a larger systemic problem—a lack of fiscal discipline and excessive federal spending.

07/16/2003

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