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Social Security Reform 'Greatest Domestic Policy Challenge,' Lawmaker Says
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Social Security Reform 'Greatest Domestic Policy Challenge,' Lawmaker Says

BY Jimmy Moore

September 30, 2003 Rep. Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday that will attempt to stabilize and protect Social Security benefits for retiring Americans throughout the 21st century.

09/30/2003
Anti Tax Petitions
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Anti Tax Petitions

Salem - Armed with newly printed petition sheets, several dozen paid signature gatherers hit the streets Tuesday as opponents of the Legislature's $800 million tax increase resumed their campaign. Referendum backers temporarily halted their campaign last weekend after a union-backed watchdog group raised questions about the wording of the original petitions. Hoping to avoid a legal challenge, sponsors had 250,000 new petition sheets printed up. They also decided to set aside 10,000 signatures already gathered by volunteers and to start over seeking new signatures.

09/30/2003
Michigan State Senator Nancy Cassis Offers Care & Competitiveness Package
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Michigan State Senator Nancy Cassis Offers Care & Competitiveness Package

State Senator Nancy Cassis (R-Novi) has crafted a package of bills to amend Michigan’s Single Business Tax (SBT). Michigan’s burdensome SBT has been a job killer and currently taxes employers on the health care benefits paid to employees. The Cassis package eases the tax burden and makes health care more affordable, by removing the “health care add-back” from the SBT. Employers would no longer be taxed for doing the right thing by providing health care benefits. CSE members support this important package of bills.

09/29/2003
CSE Fights Governor Granholm’s Job Killing Executive Order
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CSE Fights Governor Granholm’s Job Killing Executive Order

Do you remember the 1970’s and early 1980’s bumper stickers “Would the last person leaving Michigan turn out the lights?” Michigan’s high taxes, runaway government spending and high workers compensation costs drove employers out of the state. In 1985, Governor Blanchard and a bipartisan legislative team created the Workers Compensation Appellate Commission (WCAC) to bring reason and swift justice to workers compensation cases. The WCAC put expert judges in charge of cases, cleared a five-year backlog and has delivered fair, swift justice for injured workers and employers. This has been essential to improving Michigan’s economic climate.

09/29/2003
Michigan State Senator Nancy Cassis Offers Care & Competitiveness Package
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Press Release

Michigan State Senator Nancy Cassis Offers Care & Competitiveness Package

State Senator Nancy Cassis (R-Novi) has crafted a package of bills to amend Michigan’s Single Business Tax (SBT). Michigan’s burdensome SBT has been a job killer and currently taxes employers on the health care benefits paid to employees. The Cassis package eases the tax burden and makes health care more affordable, by removing the “health care add-back” from the SBT. Employers would no longer be taxed for doing the right thing by providing health care benefits. CSE members support this important package of bills.

09/29/2003
CSE Fights Governor Granholm’s Job Killing Executive Order
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Press Release

CSE Fights Governor Granholm’s Job Killing Executive Order

Do you remember the 1970’s and early 1980’s bumper stickers “Would the last person leaving Michigan turn out the lights?” Michigan’s high taxes, runaway government spending and high workers compensation costs drove employers out of the state. In 1985, Governor Blanchard and a bipartisan legislative team created the Workers Compensation Appellate Commission (WCAC) to bring reason and swift justice to workers compensation cases. The WCAC put expert judges in charge of cases, cleared a five-year backlog and has delivered fair, swift justice for injured workers and employers. This has been essential to improving Michigan’s economic climate.

09/29/2003
Opposition grows against budget-balancing tax hike
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Opposition grows against budget-balancing tax hike

BY BRAD CAIN

The Associated Press September 28, 2003 OREGON CITY — Standing next to a card table in front of the local Kmart store, Gizzelle Williams cheerfully greets shoppers with the question, “Excuse me, are you interested in signing the tax referendum?” Williams is a volunteer foot soldier in the battle to repeal the Legislature’s $800 million tax increase package. On a recent weekday morning, the 20-year-old college student had no difficulty persuading shoppers to put their signatures on petitions to force a Feb. 3 statewide vote on the tax increase.

09/28/2003
Group to change its tax petition
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Group to change its tax petition

BY BRAD CAIN

The Associated Press September 28, 2003 The group that is leading the effort to repeal the Legislature’s $800 million tax increase temporarily suspended its signature-gathering efforts this weekend. Citizens for a Sound Economy said Saturday that it would hold off on collecting more signatures for a few days while it sends new petition sheets to activists throughout the state to replace ones now in use.

09/28/2003
Petition flap delays campaign on streets
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Petition flap delays campaign on streets

BY DAN HORTSCH

Supporters of a campaign to overturn a tax increase package called a temporary halt to signature gathering on Saturday in light of a legal question about wording on its petition sheets. The leader of the drive to place the Oregon Legislature's tax plan on the ballot said the campaign decided to print new petition sheets. It also canceled plans to have paid signature collectors begin working on the street this weekend.

09/28/2003
Tax bill repeal would cause shortfall
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Tax bill repeal would cause shortfall

BY James Mayer

When Oregon lawmakers passed an $800 million tax-increase package last month, they also approved a bill detailing where the ax would fall if residents referred the tax increase to the ballot and voters rejected it. But it turns out that those automatic budget cuts would fall about $225 million short of making up the $800 million gap. This mismatch between the budget bill language and the tax referendum muddies the financial effect of the referral and creates a problem for Attorney General Hardy Myers in crafting a ballot title.

09/27/2003

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