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Unions boost drive for tax plan
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Unions boost drive for tax plan

BY STEVE LAW

A surge of cash contributions from public employee unions is breathing more life into the Measure 30 campaign, enabling a flurry of radio ads to promote the $1.2 billion tax hike on the Feb. 3 ballot. Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show the Yes on 30 coalition raised $413,000 in the past month, with pledges for another $122,000. More than 80 percent came from a handful of public employee unions, while businesses provided a relatively tiny share.

01/23/2004
Measure 30 supporters invest in media blitz
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Measure 30 supporters invest in media blitz

BY DAVE HOGAN

SALEM -- Unions and other supporters have poured more than $400,000 into the Measure 30 campaign in the past month to try to win approval of the $800 million tax increase. The Yes on 30 campaign spent more than half of that money on radio ads across the state, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday. Opponents of the tax increase, however, are not running any radio or television ads. They say they don't need to because polling indicates Oregon voters will reject the measure Feb. 3.

01/23/2004
Outside debate, conga line meets political theater
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Outside debate, conga line meets political theater

BY Jim Camden

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. For anyone supporting a cause or a candidate for president, the place to be Thursday was a snowy stretch of sidewalk outside the college auditorium where seven Democrats debated their qualifications to challenge George Bush. As the sun set, the snow fell and the temperature dropped, hundreds of signtoting activists shouted themselves hoarse engaging in verbal duels for the candidate of their choice - and the attention of the national media that followed the candidates to St. Anselm's College just outside Manchester.

01/23/2004
House Sets Limits for Tort Reform Debate
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House Sets Limits for Tort Reform Debate

From the Charleston Gazette, January 22, 2004, Thursday Copyright 2004 Charleston Newspapers Senate Republicans introduced civil tort reform legislation Wednesday, but House of Delegates leaders indicated they will only consider tort reform as part of an insurance fraud bill set for House passage today. "As far as [the House] working subsequent tort reform, or insurance reform, this was the bill we intended to work," said Speaker Bob Kiss, D-Raleigh.

01/22/2004
Parties Split On Insurance Issue
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Parties Split On Insurance Issue

From the Charleston Daily Mail January 22, 2004, Thursday Copyright 2004 Charleston Newspapers While Senate Republicans unveiled what they call the most sweeping tort reform package the state has ever seen, their proposals haven't yet caught the eye of House leadership or the Senate Democrat who will get first crack at the legislation.

01/22/2004
Raising cigarette tax isn't the way to fix state budget
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Raising cigarette tax isn't the way to fix state budget

This piece originally appeared in the The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington on Thursday, January 22, 2004 Gov. Bob Wise has proposed yet another cigarette tax. Targeting a punitive tax increase on one segment of society to pay for the tremendous growth of state government is unfair. It's particularly so since these taxes are highly regressive and heavily penalize lower- and middle-income West Virginians.

01/22/2004
Residence hall panel debates tax crisis
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Residence hall panel debates tax crisis

BY Nika Carlson

Oregon voters from the left and the right must approach Oregon's tax problem by asking themselves what type of state they want, a panel of experts said Tuesday. A student advisory group for the University residence hall series "Campus Conversations" organized the panel, titled "Oregon's Tax Crisis," in preparation for the upcoming vote on Measure 30. If passed, the measure will temporarily increase income taxes, increase some business taxes and decrease certain tax discounts.

01/22/2004
Raising cigarette tax isn't the way to fix state budget
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Raising cigarette tax isn't the way to fix state budget

BY Alice Click

Gov. Bob Wise has proposed yet another cigarette tax. Targeting a punitive tax increase on one segment of society to pay for the tremendous growth of state government is unfair. It's particularly so since these taxes are highly regressive and heavily penalize lower- and middle-income West Virginians. I understand there are political and economic pressures that arise with respect to balancing the budget. But instead of raising taxes, the governor and the Legislature should cut inefficient or redundant government programs that waste taxpayers' dollars.

01/22/2004
CANDIDATES FOR 5TH DISTRICT SEAT FOCUS ON JOB LOSS, TRADE AT FORUM
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CANDIDATES FOR 5TH DISTRICT SEAT FOCUS ON JOB LOSS, TRADE AT FORUM

BY Lisa Hoppenjans

MOCKSVILLE Two small-town candidates in the 5th Congressional District race played up their roots yesterday in the last of a series of forums sponsored by Citizens for a Sound Economy. Joe Byrd, a former chairman of the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners, told the 11 people in attendance that his family settled in Wilkes County in 1796. He added that he grew up as one of 10 children of a Baptist minister.

01/22/2004
Sides Battling Over Tort Reform
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Sides Battling Over Tort Reform

From the Charleston Daily Mail, January 21, 2004, Wednesday Copyright 2004 Charleston Newspapers Business groups love it. Trial lawyers hate it. Either way, tort reform has emerged at the Legislature this session, with the House of Delegates advancing a bill that would impose limits on the way juries award damages in some cases.

01/21/2004

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