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Detroit News on the Minimum Wage
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Detroit News on the Minimum Wage

I'd like to share this important editorial from today's Detroit News on the impact of an increase in the minimum wage: Plan would make state unemployment problem worse Michigan has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the nation. So what do organized labor and some Michigan Democrats plan to do? Put a higher minimum wage on the state ballot next year, which could throw more people out of work. There is a word for this kind of economic thinking: dumb.

08/05/2005
Private Property At The Mercy of Government
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Private Property At The Mercy of Government

This piece originally ran in the St. Johnsbury (VT) Caledonian Rercord, June 28, 2005 When, if ever, does government have the power to take the property of A and turn it over to B? According to a June 23 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court (Kelo vs City of New London), government can do that whenever it thinks that B will pay more in taxes.

07/02/2005
Florida Alert: Private Property Rights in Jeopardy!
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Florida Alert: Private Property Rights in Jeopardy!

The United States Supreme Court decision creates an all-out assault by government on private property and home ownership. Recently in the case of Kelo vs. the City of New London, Conneticut, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the city is justified in leveling homes for a Pfizer drug research facility, an office building, a riverfront hotel and other commercial activities. In actuality, the government has always maintained the "right" to take your house and property, but there were constitutionally mandated limits.

07/01/2005
Letters: Time for Wright conversation
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Letters: Time for Wright conversation

BY Tina Peyton

The 32,000 members of Texas FreedomWorks applaud the brave move by Texas Reps. Sam Johnson and Jeb Hensarling in presenting legislation to bring an end to the Wright amendment. Consumers will be the winners, as the Right to Fly Act creates competition among the airlines and lowers prices. Many of us who work and live close to Love Field would benefit from having an "in-town," convenient airport. We hope our two senators and the rest of Texas' congressional delegation get on board and support this measure.

06/06/2005
FreedomWorks North Carolina Defends Property Rights
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FreedomWorks North Carolina Defends Property Rights

North Carolina Freedom Works activists traveled to the North Carolina General Assembly to support House Bill 236. House Bill 236 "Federal Jurisdiction", A MAJOR PROPERTY RIGHTS ISSUE, amends NC General Statute 104.7 to allow North Carolina to have a seat at the negotiating table in regards to what is right for our state. H236 is "A bill to be entitled an act to limit the automatic grant of exclusive jurisdiction over property acquired by the federal government." As the trend once was to grant federal exclusive jurisdiction, the trend now is to regain some of the control which was once given away.

04/13/2005
104-7 sails through House
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104-7 sails through House

BY BILL SANDIFER

RALEIGH -- A bill to reclaim some state authority over North Carolina land acquired by the federal government sailed through the state House of Representatives Tuesday. The 109-9 vote caught observers by surprise, with the handful of opposing votes cast by lawmakers representing areas with military interests. The voice vote that followed revealed no audible dissenting votes. Only one lawmaker attempted to debate the bill, failing to get the floor from Speaker Jim Black.

04/13/2005
'Overwhelming' vote follows no debate on the floor
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'Overwhelming' vote follows no debate on the floor

BY BILL SANDIFER

RALEIGH -- A bill to reclaim some state authority over North Carolina land acquired by the federal government sailed through the state House of Representatives Tuesday. The 109-9 vote caught observers by surprise, with the handful of opposing votes cast by lawmakers representing areas with military interests. The voice vote that followed revealed no audible dissenting votes. Only one lawmaker attempted to debate the bill, failing to get the floor from Speaker Jim Black.

04/13/2005
104-7 discussion postponed -- again
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104-7 discussion postponed -- again

BY BILL SANDIFER

RALEIGH -- Start-and-stop efforts to revise a 1907 state law governing state-federal land jurisdiction stopped again Tuesday. Slated for afternoon debate, discussion of House Bill 236 was postponed for the second time -- the victim of conflicting demands on House Speaker Jim Black's time. As he entered the House for a 1 p.m. session, Black said a 3:30 p.m. town meeting in Greenville would cut the session short. "This is my last one in the East," said Black.

04/06/2005
U.S. House Moves to Re-Regulate Trucking Industry
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U.S. House Moves to Re-Regulate Trucking Industry

OPPOSE ECONOMIC RE-REGULATION OF TRUCKING INDUSTRY THROUGH MANDATORY FUEL SURCHARGES • The House recently passed its version of the surface transportation bill, which included a provision that would undo 25 years of free-market transportation policy and would lead to the economic re-regulation of the trucking industry.

04/01/2005
The Fight for Freedom Begins in the States
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The Fight for Freedom Begins in the States

Thank you. My name is Wayne Brough and I’m the chief economist for FreedomWorks. I want to thank you for the opportunity to discuss this important issue. Wendell Phillips said, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” And it is important to note that such vigilance begins at home. That means state and local governments deserve the same scrutiny that we apply to the federal government. Everything the federal government does, state governments do, too: taxes, regulations, property rights, and judicial reform are all important issues at the state level.

02/22/2005

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