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It is all about time and timing; History and Histrionics
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It is all about time and timing; History and Histrionics

The special session on redistricting and government reorganization was announced by Governor Rick Perry this week, immediately followed by Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn's announcement that she can't certify the $117.4 billion budget sent to her by the Legislature earlier this month.

06/20/2003
Riley Recruiting Help From Local Leaders on Tax Package
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Riley Recruiting Help From Local Leaders on Tax Package

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley is recruiting local elected officials and community leaders to help him sell his $1.2 billion tax and accountability package to Alabama voters. Speaking to an invited audience Wednesday in Mobile, Riley said he needs people to lobby for his package within their communities. "If I can convince you of that, then we will win," Riley said. "But the only way I can do this is to have that grass-roots kind of demand for excellence."

06/19/2003
Riley recruiting help from local leaders on tax package
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Riley recruiting help from local leaders on tax package

Gov. Bob Riley is recruiting local elected officials and community leaders to help him sell his $1.2 billion tax and accountability package to Alabama voters. Speaking to an invited audience Wednesday in Mobile, Riley said he needs people to lobby for his package within their communities. "If I can convince you of that, then we will win," Riley said. "But the only way I can do this is to have that grass-roots kind of demand for excellence."

06/19/2003
Texas Special Session Update
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Texas Special Session Update

Today, Governor Perry called a special session that will begin June 30th. Redistricting and government reorganization will be included in the session. Hearings will be held late next week on redistricting. Speaker Craddick announced the redistricting subcommittees and the hearing schedule, which is listed below. The Governor can name a special session at any time. Special sessions can last up to 30 days (but don't expect this upcoming session to last that long.) Cost of a special session is around $1.4 billion, but with government reorganization, the state can streamline services and save millions annually. It is also important to note that redistricting is a function of the legislature and last session (two years ago), the leg abdicated their responsibility and it was kicked to the courts. It's time the legislature address this important issue. Though there are no definite dates for a special session on school finance (which will encompass the entire tax system in Texas and likely some education reform), it will be as early as fall but likely after December. Texas CSE will be involved in the important issues of government reorganization, school finance and education reform. You will be receiving more information from us in the coming days.

06/19/2003
Going “Toe-to-Toe” with The Organized Left
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Going “Toe-to-Toe” with The Organized Left

Brighton, MI - The powerful Union forces of the organized left were in for shock when they encountered a highly organized and well-poised group of CSE activists at an annual event featuring U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI). The Michigan Chapter of CSE turned out the troops to demonstrate opposition to Levin’s blocking of the federal judicial nominations made by President Bush.

06/19/2003
IPI Releases Proposal on Social Security Reform
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IPI Releases Proposal on Social Security Reform

CSE is working hard to bring real reform to the Social Security program, in particular by creating Personal Retirement Accounts that workers own and manage. CSE tracks the overall debate and brings you the latest proposals.

06/19/2003
Oregon Sales Tax on the Horizon?
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Oregon Sales Tax on the Horizon?

Discussion between Republicans and Democrats alike in the legislature has hinted at the return of a bill that will impose new taxes on the citizens of Oregon. The bill includes a provision to create a 5% broad-based sales tax on goods and services totaling over $700 million in new taxes.

06/19/2003
Oregon Sales Tax on the Horizon?
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Oregon Sales Tax on the Horizon?

Discussion between Republicans and Democrats alike in the legislature has hinted at the return of a bill that will impose new taxes on the citizens of Oregon. The bill includes a provision to create a 5% broad-based sales tax on goods and services totaling over $700 million in new taxes.

06/19/2003
Economic Prosperity for Africa, Too
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Economic Prosperity for Africa, Too

©2003 Copley News Service, 6/18/2003 News from Africa and the Middle East these days could have been written by Charles Dickens: In terms of problems, it is the worst of times, but in terms of opportunities for peace and democratic development, it is also the best of times.

06/18/2003
$44 Trillion Discussion on Social Security
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$44 Trillion Discussion on Social Security

-----Original Message----- From: Larry Hunter Subject: RE: column Bruce, I'll take your word on the numbers -- I haven't checked them myself -- but assuming they are correct on what appears to be a present-value basis, why on earth is a debt equal to 6.5 percent of gross domestic product "something to be concerned about," much less a crisis in the making?

06/18/2003

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