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Measure 30 vote may be closer than expected
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Measure 30 vote may be closer than expected

BY James Sinks

SALEM — With just four days until the Feb. 3 special election, the gap has narrowed between those who favor and oppose the Measure 30 tax referendum, the leader of the opposition effort said Friday. Russ Walker, Northwest director for Citizens for a Sound Economy, still predicts the $800 million tax proposal is headed for defeat Tuesday. But he said foes were concerned enough to open campaign coffers in the final days.

01/31/2004
Tax foe claims governor finds big budget savings
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Tax foe claims governor finds big budget savings

The leading opponent of the income tax increase on Tuesday's ballot claims Gov. Ted Kulongoski has found $500 million in the current budget to save state programs if the tax measure fails. Russ Walker, Oregon director of Citizens for a Sound Economy, said he doesn't have hard evidence to prove the money exists, but he told KXL, a Portland radio station, that a source in the Legislature gave him the information. He did not name the source. Kulongoski spokeswoman Mary Ellen Glynn said there's no such extra money in the budget.

01/30/2004
Measure 30: deeper look
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Measure 30: deeper look

BY Pat Kelley

I am very concerned about funding our schools and social services adequately and would ask that those in the community join me in educating themselves about this and not depend on newscasters, newspaper writers, pollsters or others to tell us what to believe. I am concerned that newspaper headlines tell us that "no new taxes" will prevail. Some might say, "What's the use of voting yes, if the Measure 30 is going to fail?"

01/30/2004
Good Medicine?
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Good Medicine?

Health care continues to be a significant issue, even in the wake of the sweeping new billion-dollar prescription drug entitlement signed into law by President Bush last year. While Americans have access to the best health care system in the world, the current third-party payer structure of the health care market has led to significant upward pressure on health care costs, because there are few incentives in the system to contain spending. Both public health care and private health care are in need of serious reform. For many looking to cut costs, purchasing low-cost drugs from Canada or other nations seems like a quick fix for the high price of health care. Unfortunately, re-importing drugs threatens future innovations that can improve the quality of health care in America, while ignoring the more fundamental reforms that are required.

01/30/2004
U.S. Senator Russ Feingold and Personal Retirement Accounts
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U.S. Senator Russ Feingold and Personal Retirement Accounts

Jackson, WI - Senator Russ Feingold has drawn the line in the sand between himself and the 64% of Americans who want some sort of personal retirement accounts in the Social Security program. At a Feingold "Listening Session," Senator Feingold shot down the possibility of PRA’s, noting that, "[they] would undermine Social Security." In elaboration, his concerns were of lost retirement security; that PRA’s do not provide the safety net that Social Security does.

01/30/2004
U.S. Senator Russ Feingold and Personal Retirement Accounts
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U.S. Senator Russ Feingold and Personal Retirement Accounts

Jackson, WI - Senator Russ Feingold has drawn the line in the sand between himself and the 64% of Americans who want some sort of personal retirement accounts in the Social Security program. At a Feingold "Listening Session," Senator Feingold shot down the possibility of PRA’s, noting that, "[they] would undermine Social Security." In elaboration, his concerns were of lost retirement security; that PRA’s do not provide the safety net that Social Security does.

01/30/2004
Understanding Oregon’s Measure 30
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Understanding Oregon’s Measure 30

BY SARAH EVANS

Oregon voters soon will decide on Measure 30, a proposal to temporarily raise income taxes. When the Oregon Legislature met in 2003, it was faced with a difficult problem — how do we pay for everything the state needs when we don’t have enough money? It’s like if you want to buy a $15 CD and spend $5 on soda, but your allowance for the week is only $15. Do you ask your parents for more money? Or do you cut back on soda so you can get the CD? The legislators’ solution was Measure 30. What does Measure 30 do?

01/30/2004
Washington State Freedom Agenda Update
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Washington State Freedom Agenda Update

Committee cut-off day February 6th The last day to read reports in house of origin, except House and Senate fiscal committees is February 6th. That means that bills that do not pass out of committees by that date, are no longer under consideration this session. There will be a few exemptions made to this rule, but nothing guaranteed.

01/29/2004
It's Primary Election Night, Where's Your Social Security Reform Plan?
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It's Primary Election Night, Where's Your Social Security Reform Plan?

Too many candidates still have their heads in the sand when it comes to dealing with the Social Security crisis. That's why the CSE and For Our Grandchildren partnership rallied in Dixville Notch during New Hampshire's historic, midnight, first-in-the-nation presidential primary election, challenging the Democrat candidates on Social Security reform.

01/29/2004
CSE Makes a Splash at Social Security Field Hearing
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CSE Makes a Splash at Social Security Field Hearing

On Monday, January 26th, CSE took part in a field hearing by the Subcommittee on Social Security in Boca Raton, Florida. This event was held at Florida Atlantic University and was presented by the Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee, Congressman Clay Shaw.

01/29/2004

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