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TAX INCREASES NOT NEEDED TO BALANCE BUDGET
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TAX INCREASES NOT NEEDED TO BALANCE BUDGET

BY J.L. WILSON

Summary: The Oregon Legislature needs to understand that citizens and businesses will suffer With Oregon's economy slumping to levels not seen in 20 years, any tax increases passed in the upcoming special session of the Legislature will serve only to slow Oregon's recovery, not fix its budget problems. Gov. John Kitzhaber outlined last week how deep cuts will be if no other revenue is identified. But tax increases aren't needed.

01/18/2002
District needs more competition for Comcast
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District needs more competition for Comcast

BY JASON THOMAS

The Jan. 16 Business story "Comcast increasing D.C.-area rates" is an indication of another reason why the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should quickly approve the pending merger of EchoStar and DirecTV. This merger will free up valuable spectrum space so that the new entity will be able to offer more channels at a cost that is comparable to, or better than, that of cable television.

01/17/2002
Senator Kennedy Flunks Economics……and Seems Determined to Make Sure Everyone Knows It.
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Senator Kennedy Flunks Economics……and Seems Determined to Make Sure Everyone Knows It.

Today, at the National Press Club, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) recommended that Congress repeal portions of the tax cut signed into law by President Bush last June. Remarkably, Senator Kennedy blamed the current economic stagnation on the tax cut and argued that the path to prosperity is paved by confiscating a bigger chunk of every worker's paycheck. Paul Beckner, President and CEO of Citizens for a Sound Economy issued the following response:

01/16/2002
Background on State Implementation of the Global Warming Treaty; Radical Environmental Groups Push to Enact $35 Billion Energy T
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Background on State Implementation of the Global Warming Treaty; Radical Environmental Groups Push to Enact $35 Billion Energy T

On January 18, 2002, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) is scheduled to consider a report containing staff recommendations for the actions associated with climate change. The action plan is in response to a petition by a coalition of environmental organizations seeking a reduction of CO2 and methane levels in Texas below 1990 levels. Given the fact voluntary programs by Texas industries are already producing results - and those efforts will remain ongoing, we oppose the imposition of mandatory reduction measures at this time. Additionally, several of the written statements used to justify the need for the mandatory plan are inaccurate and misleading. For example:

01/16/2002
HUGHES HAS A PLAN B
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HUGHES HAS A PLAN B

BY JUSTIN OPPELAAR

HIGHLIGHT: Prez sez DirecTV wil survive if merger fails BODY: NEW YORK --- Hughes Electronics prexy and chief exec Jack A. Shaw took pains Tuesday to reassure investors that the company isn't pinning all its hopes on a merger with satcasting rival EchoStar. "If the deal doesn't clear, we're convinced that Hughes will be a very strong company on its own, with many strategic options," he said in a conference call announcing the company's 2001 earnings. "Our businesses will thrive under any scenario."

01/16/2002
The Death of an Energy Giant: Enron (1985-2002)
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The Death of an Energy Giant: Enron (1985-2002)

In September of 2000, Enron was the nation's 7th largest corporation with a market capitalization of nearly $60 billion. Less than 14 months later, its stock was worthless and the business was forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors. Such an astonishing collapse has not only raised eyebrows, but also outraged investors, policymakers and much of the public.

01/15/2002
Radical Environmental Groups Push to Enact $35 Billion Energy Tax on Texas
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Radical Environmental Groups Push to Enact $35 Billion Energy Tax on Texas

On January 18th, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) is scheduled to consider a report containing staff recommendations in response to a petition by a coalition of environmental organizations seeking to reduce CO2 and methane levels in Texas below 1990 levels. Whatever these extreme environmental groups may call their plan, it should not go unnoticed that these provisions are identical to the so-called U.N. Global Warming Treaty, known more commonly as the Kyoto Protocol. This is a treaty which the US Senate unanimously rejected and which even Japan has now rejected the treaty.

01/15/2002
Victory for Local Anti-Annexation Forces
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Victory for Local Anti-Annexation Forces

Wilmington City Councilman and CSE member Jason Thompson introduced a motion and led debate to amend the city's charter to allow people to vote on whether to be annexed, which resulted in a 4-3 vote by the City Council. This vote enables state lawmakers to introduce a bill for New Hanover County that will not allow annexation without the vote of the people.

01/14/2002
Groups could heat up local politics
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Groups could heat up local politics

BY ROB SHAPARD

 HILLSBOROUGH - First, there was Citizens for a Better Way, a group that formed in Orange County last year and campaigned against the $ 75 million bond package that voters approved in November, saying the timing was wrong to take on that much new debt.

01/14/2002
LAWMAKERS FORM PANEL TO PROMOTE ANTI-TAX AGENDA
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LAWMAKERS FORM PANEL TO PROMOTE ANTI-TAX AGENDA

BY Mary Ellen Klas

State Reps. Connie Mack and Joe Negron take their promise to bring fresh thinking to the Florida Legislature seriously. They - and seven other conservative Republicans, all first- or second-term lawmakers - this week came up with a novel way to advance their less-government, anti-tax philosophy.

01/12/2002

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