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Will the 108th Congress Fail?
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Will the 108th Congress Fail?

This session of the 108th Congress will perhaps be remembered for its insatiable spending habits, with federal spending hitting new highs while the deficit soared to $374 billion —a jump of $216 billion over last year. At a time when both houses of Congress and the executive branch are controlled by Republicans, many have begun to wonder if this is, in fact, the party of limited government. Looking beyond the question of spending, there is scant evidence to suggest that limited government is a dominant theme in Washington.

12/04/2003
Voters to decide tax increase
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Voters to decide tax increase

BY STEVE LAW AND PETER WONG

Oregon voters will get the final say on whether they should pay more taxes to ease the state’s budget crisis. Critics of a $1.2 billion tax-increase package passed by the 2003 Legislature gathered more than double the number of petition signatures required to place the issue before voters. Secretary of State Bill Bradbury said Wednesday that the referendum will appear as Measure 30 on a special Feb. 3 statewide ballot. His staff determined that more than 118,000 valid signatures were submitted — far more than the 50,420 required.

12/04/2003
VALID NAMES ENSURE VOTE ON TAX PLAN
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VALID NAMES ENSURE VOTE ON TAX PLAN

BY James Mayer

JAMES MAYER - The Oregonian Harry Esteve contributed to this story. Summary: Petitions forcing an election are flush with signatures, setting the stage for two months of pros and cons on the Legislature's package Opponents of the Legislature's $800 million tax increase collected more than twice the number of valid signatures needed to put the issue on a Feb. 3 ballot, state elections officials said Wednesday.

12/04/2003
VOTERS WILL DECIDE ON TAX BOOST
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VOTERS WILL DECIDE ON TAX BOOST

BY JAMES MAYER

Harry Esteve contributed to this story. Summary: Opponents get more than double the number of signatures needed on the $800 million increase Opponents of the Legislature's $800 million tax increase collected more than twice the number of valid signatures needed to put the issue on a Feb. 3 ballot, state elections officials said Wednesday. That clears the way for the latest in a long line of political battles over Oregon's government services and the taxes to pay for them.

12/04/2003
We Need a New Budget Process
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We Need a New Budget Process

Congress and the Administration are once again facing gigantic and growing deficits. There are many explanations, but unrestrained spending is the biggest. With the tallies in from the fiscal year ended September 30, spending grew by almost 9% last year and by 21% over the last two years. This is before you consider the supplemental for Iraq, the energy bill, the new entitlement for prescription drugs law, or the omnibus appropriations bill that is still being written and which Congress will consider December 8. Non-military discretionary spending, which the Administration had pledged to hold to 4% growth, actually rose 8.5% - or roughly four times as fast as inflation.

12/03/2003
Chuck Hagel: This measure will not strengthen Medicare
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Chuck Hagel: This measure will not strengthen Medicare

This op-ed was originally published on Wednesday, November 26, 2003, in the Omaha World Herald. The writer, a Republican, is Nebraska's senior U.S. senator. I voted against the Medicare reform bill because it will not strengthen Medicare and does not responsibly address the need for prescription drug coverage. It will add trillions of dollars onto Medicare's current $13.5 trillion in unfunded liabilities for future generations. I voted against this for reasons different from those of many of my Democratic colleagues.

12/03/2003
CSE Announces Opposition to Rhode Island Cell Tax
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CSE Announces Opposition to Rhode Island Cell Tax

Rhode Island politicians want to RAISE YOUR CELL PHONE TAX! Specifically, they want to raise the E-911 tax on your monthly bill to $1.26 per month, or possibly even higher! Why? They claim that the extra funds collected will go to improving the state's E-911 emergency response system. Incredibly though, the current cell phone tax already generates more than enough money to pay for E-911 operations, as well as the proposed improvements.

12/03/2003
CSE Announces Opposition to Rhode Island Cell Tax
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CSE Announces Opposition to Rhode Island Cell Tax

Rhode Island politicians want to RAISE YOUR CELL PHONE TAX! Specifically, they want to raise the E-911 tax on your monthly bill to $1.26 per month, or possibly even higher! Why? They claim that the extra funds collected will go to improving the state's E-911 emergency response system. Incredibly though, the current cell phone tax already generates more than enough money to pay for E-911 operations, as well as the proposed improvements.

12/03/2003
Voters To Have A Voice About Taxation
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Voters To Have A Voice About Taxation

BY The Associated Press

SALEM - The Legislature's tax increase package will go to voters at a special election Feb. 3, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury announced on Wednesday. Bradbury said a sampling of signatures on referendum petitions showed foes of the tax measure gathered 118,000 valid signatures of registered voters, far more than the 50,000 signatures needed to put the tax increase on the ballot. The referendum success means the $800 million tax increase package - including a $544 million income tax surcharge - is blocked until voters decide its fate.

12/03/2003
Voters will decide tax increase
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Voters will decide tax increase

BY Charles E. Beggs

SALEM- The Legislature's tax increase package will go to voters at a Feb. 3 special election, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury announced Wednesday. The development was no surprise because tax opponents turned in many more signatures than needed to put the measure on the ballot. Based on a sampling of the referendum petitions, Bradbury said, there were 118,000 valid signatures from registered voters - far more than the 50,000 needed.

12/03/2003

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