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A Regulatory Budget?
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A Regulatory Budget?

Budget season has started in Washington. President Bush has submitted his budget to Congress, kicking off the annual scramble for federal dollars across the federal government. Amidst this flurry of activity surrounding the federal budget, a hearing was held last week in the House of Representatives to examine an often overlooked, yet significant, cost of government—regulation.

03/19/2002
This Week on the Hill
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This Week on the Hill

This week begins the annual government kabuki dance known as the budget process. Every year Congress develops a budgetary framework that is incorporated into a budget resolution. This budget resolution dictates how much of our hard earned money is to be spent on government programs and how much we may receive back in the form of tax relief.

03/12/2002
On the Fritz
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On the Fritz

Few Senators or members of Congress are more pleased that no commercial activity or human action is outside the sphere of government control than Senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings (D-S.C.). As Chairman of both the Senate Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies, Sen. Hollings holds unrivaled power over American industry. Enjoying the perch from which he operates, Hollings fiercely opposes any action that would take authority away from government or do anything to undermine his considerable influence.

03/12/2002
Regulatory Budget Congressional Testimony
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Regulatory Budget Congressional Testimony

EXCERPT: (Get full testimony in Word format) The notion that people make better decisions when they are accurately informed is a well-established principle of public policy. We have laws against deception, some of which I helped to enforce during the Reagan Administration (as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, 1981-1985). The public’s outrage over the Enron debacle is driven in major part over the lack of truthfulness and candor about what was going on. Likewise, campaign finance reform is supported, at least in part, because many believe that reporting is slow, inaccurate, and incomplete. There’s no less need for accurate information and transparency when it comes to deliberations over ways in which the people’s representatives acquire command over individual citizens’ resources for public use.

03/12/2002
GRAHAM TO BRIEF CONGRESS ON COSTS, BENEFITS OF REGS
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GRAHAM TO BRIEF CONGRESS ON COSTS, BENEFITS OF REGS

BY J.L. Laws

White House regulatory czar John Graham and Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook will appear before a House government reform panel Tuesday to testify on a controversial report Graham presented to Congress last year targeting 23 regulations for revision or elimination, based on a review of their costs and benefits.

03/11/2002
GRAHAM TO BRIEF CONGRESS ON COSTS, BENEFITS OF REGS
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GRAHAM TO BRIEF CONGRESS ON COSTS, BENEFITS OF REGS

BY J.L. Laws

White House regulatory czar John Graham and Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook will appear before a House government reform panel Tuesday to testify on a controversial report Graham presented to Congress last year targeting 23 regulations for revision or elimination, based on a review of their costs and benefits.

03/11/2002
CSE Impact Update 3.18
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CSE Impact Update 3.18

Since 1998, CSE has embarked upon a campaign to educate and engage grassroots Americans in the fight against lawsuit abuse. We continuously recruit and educate grassroots citizens on how predatory lawsuits and outrageous settlements affect them personally—through the impact on their pocketbooks, values, businesses, and way of life—and mobilize them in targeted areas in favor of reform.

03/08/2002
Media Bias on Campaign Finance
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Media Bias on Campaign Finance

The Senate’s reaction to two seemingly unrelated bills recently passed by the House of Representatives has crystallized the political class’s psychological confliction over campaign finance reform. One, identified as Shays-Meehan after its sponsors, would cap contributions to the national Democratic and Republican parties made by corporations, unions, and wealthy individuals. The other, dubbed Tauzin-Dingell after its sponsors, would deregulate the broadband Internet offerings of incumbent local phone companies.

03/04/2002
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Commerce and Industry Association of NJ, NJSEED Join Coalition for Auto Insurance Competition
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New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Commerce and Industry Association of NJ, NJSEED Join Coalition for Auto Insurance Competition

The Coalition for Auto Insurance Competition today announced that three influential and respected business groups have joined the effort to fundamentally reform New Jersey's auto insurance laws. "These groups recognize the need for a regulatory system that promotes competition, encourages companies to sell auto insurance in New Jersey, and creates a stable market that offers more choices for consumers," said John Friedman, the coalition's chairman.

02/27/2002
Real Campaign Finance Reform: Smaller Government
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Real Campaign Finance Reform: Smaller Government

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation designed to resolve the thorny issue of money in politics. The campaign finance reform legislation, sponsored by Chris Shays (R-Conn.) and Marty Meehan (D-Mass.) offers new regulations on the flow of money in the political system. The bill is similar to a measure passed by the Senate last year; unless opponents in the Senate can successfully filibuster the bill, it will be heading to the president’s desk, where Bush must decide whether to veto the legislation. While the bill appears to be on the fast track to passage, its ability to reform campaign finance is questionable. In addition to raising legitimate First Amendment concerns, the bill does nothing to address fundamental source of the problem: an expanding government presence in the economy. For real reform, a smaller, less-intrusive government would reduce the need for businesses, unions, and other special interests to seek favor with the government.

02/19/2002

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