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Don't Feel Sorry For States
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Don't Feel Sorry For States

This op-ed originally appeared in Investor's Business Daily on January 3, 2003 State budgets have rarely, if ever, been in worse condition than they are today. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, the total deficit for state budgets nationwide stands at $40 billion in this fiscal year, with another $40 billion shortfall expected for 2003. Such a glaring disparity between revenues and outlays has led legislatures and governors across the nation to retrench and meet for special sessions to address the problem.

01/03/2003
Senate Slices Reconciliation Figure to $350 Billion
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Senate Slices Reconciliation Figure to $350 Billion

BY Warren Rojas

Weeks of Republican budget solidarity began to unravel March 25 as Senate centrists capped the reconciliation growth package at $350 billion and siphoned another $137 billion away from President Bush's $630 billion tax cut permanency allocation.

01/01/2003
Halt cuts in budget, education chiefs ask
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Halt cuts in budget, education chiefs ask

The Senate gave educators and economic development experts an opportunity Monday to plead for no more budget cuts in the next two years, but they had to share the floor with about 60 people from an anti-tax group who showed up to oppose any tax hikes. Senate budget writers allowed several members from North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy to make their case that the state should rein in spending, instead of adopting a lottery or raising taxes.

01/01/2003
Taxes, Spending, and Deficits
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Taxes, Spending, and Deficits

Fiscal policy is making a comeback in Washington. President Bush underscored this point with a recent economic policy shake-up that included replacing the Treasury Secretary and the White House economic adviser. With a sluggish economy and the return of deficit spending, Republican Washington realizes that remaining in power will require an agenda broader than war in Iraq. Democrats, on the other hand, accuse the president of irresponsible tax cuts and a weak domestic policy agenda.

12/18/2002
Call Gov. Rowland Today : Stop taxing Connecticut!
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Call Gov. Rowland Today : Stop taxing Connecticut!

Governor Rowland, who is scheduled to receive a 96 percent pay raise in January, and the spend-happy Democrats in Hartford all want to increase taxes on Connecticut citizens. Facing a $500 million deficit, the governor has proposed raising $200 million in taxes. The lame duck governor has suggested a "millionaires" tax for Connecticut citizens who make over 1 million dollars a year and a 40 cent cigarette tax increase which would make Connecticut's tobacco tax the largest in the nation.

12/11/2002
Caging the Cardinals
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Caging the Cardinals

Heeding the President’s wish for fiscal discipline, this week leaders of the House of Representatives announced a change in the way things are done in their chamber of Congress. House leaders have finally decided to reign in the free-spending “Cardinals” of the House Appropriations Committee. Mostly unknown outside of Washington Beltway, these “Cardinals” control the flow of hundreds of billions of dollars, which makes them some of the most powerful men in America.

12/03/2002
Bureaucrat Busters!
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Bureaucrat Busters!

Recently, the president released a proposal that would require federal agencies to rely on the private sector rather than the bureaucracy for many of the routine functions of government. All told, up 850,000 federal jobs—roughly half the federal workforce—could be shifted to the private sector. While the administration hails the proposal as an efficiency measure, unions and Democrats have decried the measure as "union busting" and an unnecessary attempt to downsize government. Yet, coupled with retirement trends in the federal workforce, the proposal offers an opportunity to streamline government while creating more manageable federal agencies.

11/20/2002
It's Spending, Stupid! or, Why There's No State Budget Quagmire
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It's Spending, Stupid! or, Why There's No State Budget Quagmire

State budgets have rarely, if ever, been in worse condition than they are today. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), the cumulative national deficit for state budgets stands at $40 billion in this fiscal year, with another $40 billion shortfall expected for 2003. Such a glaring disparity between revenues and outlays has led legislatures and governors across the nation to retrench and meet for special sessions to address the problem.

11/20/2002
Washington Agenda-General
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Washington Agenda-General

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL For content questions, call 202-898-8291 To fax additions or changes, 202-898-8064 For the UPI News Desk call, 202-898-8111 EVENTS ON THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2003 TIME: All Day EVENT: CHAMBER OF COMMERCE holds a conference to discuss Modernizing Medicare for the Next Generation. AGENDA: Highlights: 8:30 a.m. - Welcoming Remarks Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 8:30 a.m. - The Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare: Lessons Learned and Next Steps Sen. John Breaux (D-LA), Former Co-chair, National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare Rep. Nancy L. Johnson (R-CT), Chairwoman, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Robert Kerrey, Former Senator (D-NE), Former Member, National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, and President, New School University Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 9:30 a.m. - Medicare Outlook Dan L. Crippen, Former Director, Congressional Budget Office David Wessel, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal 10 a.m. - Networking Break 10:15 a.m.- The Medicare Crisis: Implications for Business Andy B. Bressler, Managing Director, Bank of America Nancy-Ann DeParle, Senior Advisor, JP Morgan Partners, LLC Rita Metras, Director, Benefits, Eastman Kodak Kate Sullivan, Director, Health Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 11:15 a.m. - Building a Medicare System that Works Today and Meets the Needs of Tomorrow Craig L. Fuller, President and CEO, National Association of Chain Drug Stores Thomas R. Saving, Director, Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University, Senior Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis and Public Trustee, Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds Karen Ignagni, President and CEO, American Association of Health Plan Nancy E. Taylor, Co-chair, National Health Practice, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 12:30 p.m. - Luncheon Keynote Address Doug Badger, Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 1615 H Street NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-463-5682 WEB ADDRESS: uschamber.com TIME: All Day EVENT: NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES holds its "Leader to Leader" meeting. AGENDA: Highlights: Breakfast Plenary Session with Congressional Leaders Rep. Dennis Hastert Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Sen. Joe Lieberman, Senate Democratic Policy Committee 10 a.m. - State-Federal Issue Summit: Special Education Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska (confirmed) 12 noon - Leaders Plenary Luncheon: Economic Stimulus Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine Sen. Charles Schumer, New York DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street NW, Washington, D.C. CONTACT: 202-624-5400 WEB ADDRESS: ncsl.org TIME: All Day EVENT: INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL holds its Economic Development Summit, "An Agenda for Change." DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. CONTACT: 202-223-7800 TIME: All Day EVENT: POPULATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE holds its third annual China Human Rights conference. AGENDA: Highlight: 1:15 p.m. - News conference on An American Held Hostage in China, and the Persecution of Chinese Families of Americans: Falun Gong" DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: Concerned Women for America, 1015 15th Street N.W., Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. CONTACT: 540-622-5240 ext 209 WEB ADDRESS: pop.org TIME: 8:45 a.m. EVENT: AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE holds a program on Russian Oil and U.S. Energy Security. Over the past four years, Russian oil production has grown by 25 percent. In February of 2002, Russia surpassed Saudi Arabia to become the world's top oil producer-pumping 7 million barrels per day against the Saudis' 6.9 million. WHO: The speakers are: Leon Aron, AEI Fiona Hill, Brookings Institution James Richard, Firebird Management DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 1150 17th Street NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-862-5933 WEB ADDRESS: aei.org TIME: 9:30 a.m. EVENT: GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY presents a Congressional briefing on "Improving Identification: Enhancing Security, Guarding Privacy." WHO: The speakers are: Rob Atkinson, vice president, Progressive Policy Institute Eileen Doherty, committee director, National Council of State Legislatures Tom Wolfson, senior vice president for government affairs and communications, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators Mike Swetnam, CEO, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Richard Norton, executive director, International Biometric Industry Association Mark Kirkorian, executive director, Center for Immigration Studies DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 188 Russell Office Building, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-994-3087 WEB ADDRESS: gwnewscenter.org TIME: 9:30 a.m. EVENT: CENTER FOR RESPONSIVE LAW holds a program to discuss troop readiness for Bio-Chem Attacks. WHO: The speakers are: Rep. John Conyers, D-MI Consumer Activist, Ralph Nader Stephen Robinson, National Gulf War resource Center DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: Jason Kafoury, 202-387-8030 or 202-232-9887 TIME: 10 a.m. EVENT: BROOKINGS INSTITUTION holds "Iraq Series" briefing on Iraq: Debating War, Preparing for Reconstruction. WHO: The speakers are: James B. Steinberg, Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Bathsheba N. Crocker, Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies Philip H. Gordon, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, and Director, Center on the United States and France, Brookings Martin S. Indyk, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, and Director, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Michael E. O'hanlon, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Kenneth M. Pollack, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, and Director of Research, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-797-6105 WEB ADDRESS: brookings.edu TIME: 11 a.m. EVENT: NATURAL TRAILS AND WATERS COALITION, REP. RUSH HOLT, D-NJ, REP. CHRISTOPHER SHAYS, R-CT, REP. NICK RAHALL, D-WV, SEN. HARRY REID, D-NV, SEN. LINCOLN CHAFEE, R-RI, hold the Protect Yellowstone news conference DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: U.S. Capitol, Room HC-9, Washington, D.C. CONTACT: Kristen Brengel, 202-429-2694 TIME: 11:30 a.m. EVENT: SENATORS DIANNE FEINSTEIN, D-CA, JUDD GREGG, R-NH, JON CORZINE, D-NJ, PATRICK LEAHY, D-VT AND VISA CEO CARL PASCARELLA hold a news conference to unveil new Visa regulations prohibiting the display of all but the last four digits of credit card numbers on consumer receipts-- effectively setting a new industry standard for the protection of credit card information. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 410 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. CONTACT: Howard Gantman, Sen. Feinstein, 202-224-9629 WEB ADDRESS: sen.gov TIME: 11:30 a.m. EVENT: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PAUL H. NITZE SCHOOL OF ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES Center for Transatlantic Relations at holds a program on "The Czech Republic's View on Current Transatlantic Challenges," with Cyril Svoboda, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of the Czech Republic. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, Dc CONTACT: 202-663-5626 WEB ADDRESS: sais-jhu.org TIME: 12 noon EVENT: NATIONAL ECONOMIST CLUB holds its luncheon program featuring Alice Rivlin, Brookings Institution. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: Chinatown Garden, 618 H St., NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 703-739-9404 WEB ADDRESS: national-economists.org TIME: 12:30 p.m. EVENT: WOMAN'S NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CLUB presents Kurt Schmoke, Mayor of Baltimore from 1987 to 1999, now Dean of the Howard University School of Law on the first day of January 2003. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-232-7363 WEB ADDRESS: democraticwomen.org TIME: 12:30 p.m. EVENT: NATIONAL PRESS CLUB holds its "Luncheon Newsmaker" news program featuring Dr. Elias Zerhouni director National Institutes of Health discussing Is This The Biomedical Century? Challenges for a New Age." DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-662-7500 WEB ADDRESS: npc.press.org TIME: 1 p.m. EVENT: CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTE, NATIONAL TAXPAYERS UNION, CITIZENS FOR A SOUND ECONOMY, AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM, CLUB FOR GROWTH, AND 60 PLUS AND REP. JEFF FLAKE, R-AZ, hold a news conference to discuss the introduction of legislation that will transfer the money that Congress appropriated on pork projects in the recent omnibus appropriations bill to a reserve fund for defense and homeland security. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. CONTACT: Matthew Specht, 202-225-2635 TIME: 1 p.m. EVENT: FOOD & AGRICULTURE POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE holds a news conference on agricultural outlook DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: Vicki Trower, 573-882-9710 WEB ADDRESS: fapri.Missouri.edu TIME: 2 p.m. EVENT: INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH FREEDOM holds a panel discussion about the Federal Medical Privacy Rule, which takes effect on April 14, 2003 WHO: The speakers are: Sue Blevins, Institute for Health Freedom Kent Snyder, The Liberty Committee Barbara Fisher, National Vaccine Information Center Robin Kaigh, Esquire DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-429-6610 WEB ADDRESS: forhealthfreedom.org TIME: 5 p.m. EVENT: NATIONAL PRESS CLUB presents The 2003 William E. Colby Military Writers Symposium entitled Journalists At War featuring a panel discussion with Rick Atkinson, Joseph Galloway and Sean Naylor moderated by Lewis Sorley. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-662-7500 WEB ADDRESS: npc.press.org TIME: 5:30 p.m. EVENT: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PAUL H. NITZE SCHOOL OF ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES holds the annual Rostov Lecture on International Affairs with Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and best-selling author. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-663-5626 WEB ADDRESS: sais-jhu.org TIME: 6 p.m. EVENT: GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY presents Miguel Rodriguez, The George Washington University J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs and former president of Costa Rica (1998-2002) will deliver his annual Shapiro Lecture on the advantages of an academic perspective for a world leader DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-994-3087 WEB ADDRESS: gwnewscenter.org TIME: 6 p.m. EVENT: KENNEDY CENTER MILLENIUM STAGE presents The US Naval Academy Band Brass Ensemble blending tradition and change into a wide variety of styles thanks to the unmatched versatility of its members. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-416-8000 WEB ADDRESS: kennedy-center.org TIME: 7 p.m. EVENT: POLITICS & PROSE BOOKSTORE presents Eric Alterman discussing and signing copies of What Liberal Media: The Truth About Bias and the News. Alterman presents an overview of the powerful and moneyed institutions whose interests effectively shape reporting and opinion in a decidedly conservative and even reactionary direction. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-364-1919 WEB ADDRESS: politics-prose.com

11/14/2002
George W. Bush: Political Entrepreneur
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George W. Bush: Political Entrepreneur

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11/12/2002

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