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Oregon Voters Soundly Reject Tax Hike
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Oregon Voters Soundly Reject Tax Hike

BY Jonathan Collegio

Although most press attention focused on the seven Presidential primary elections taking place on February 3, the biggest political win on that date did not belong to John Kerry. “The biggest victory belongs to Oregon taxpayers, who defeated a massive $800 million tax hike at the ballot box by 60 to 40 percent,” said Sandra Fabry, spokesperson for Americans for Tax Reform, in a February 4 news release. “Their message to Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) and the state legislature: Don’t even think about raising taxes.”

03/01/2004
Washington Post Supports School Choice
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Washington Post Supports School Choice

On Monday, February 23, the Washington Post’s Fred Hiatt wrote an exceptional article on the need for school choice titled, “Limits and Lessons of Vouchers.” His own argument suggests a better title would have been, “Limits of Government Education and Lessons on Market-Based Reform.” The impetus for his writing was James Richardson, a 17-year-old who was shot in Ballou High School, a Washington, D.C. public school. He describes a desperate situation where, in the days following the incident,

02/28/2004
Bedford tax groups split over spending
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Bedford tax groups split over spending

BY HUNTER McGEE

BEDFORD — Two Bedford citizens’ groups yesterday criticized a call by two tax-watch organizations for voters to reject four major school district articles, saying such a move will only lead to a tax increase. Representatives of Taxpayers for Quality Education and the Bedford High Coalition also said it is “unfortunate” that the Bedford Taxpayers Association has severed all ties with the two organizations.

02/28/2004
Fighting for the Freedom Agenda in Washington State
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Fighting for the Freedom Agenda in Washington State

TAXES Governor Locke and League of Education Voters (LEV) proposed a billion dollar sales tax increase to expand and fund new education programs. CSE has taken an aggressive stance against this tax increase and the message that there is a better way is getting through. The legislature has refused to act on the proposal and LEV is now planning on filing an initiative to the people. For specific talking points on the proposal click here.

02/27/2004
Washington State Taxpayers Alert!
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Washington State Taxpayers Alert!

WASHINGTON TAXPAYERS ALERT: Governor Locke and the League of Education Voters want you to sign an initiative supporting a billion dollar tax hike!

02/26/2004
There's a Better Way
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There's a Better Way

They say that in politics timing is everything. Yet our traditionally politically astute governor, Gary Locke, released a one billion dollar tax increase proposal just two days after the voters in our neighboring state, Oregon, rejected a major tax increase in a 19-point landslide. I am proud to say that the volunteer members of my organization, Citizens for a Sound Economy, played a vital role in sending the message in Oregon and they are prepared to do the same in Washington. To even suggest an increase in the sales tax when our economy is struggling and people are looking for work implies arrogance on the part of the retiring governor that the citizens will revolt against.

02/26/2004
Economic Showdown: Kerry Versus Bush
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Economic Showdown: Kerry Versus Bush

This month the Council of Economic Advisers released the 2004 Economic Report to the President. In addition to providing an assessment of America’s economy, the report also examines a number of important topics in order to determine how economic policies can affect national output. Everything from business cycles, to taxes, to regulation and legal reform are reviewed in this year’s report. The informative analysis is a welcome relief from the political coverage of the presidential campaign. More importantly, the report offers more valuable insights into issues that matter to voters than does the media’s fixation on military service records. While not as scintillating as headlines from the campaign trail, an informed discussion of economic policy is ultimately more useful to voters who, in poll after poll, demonstrate their concerns about domestic economic policy.

02/26/2004
CSE Urges U.S. House to Support Spending Vetoes Letter
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CSE Urges U.S. House to Support Spending Vetoes Letter

02/26/2004
GOP Wants Parties Out of Judicial Races
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GOP Wants Parties Out of Judicial Races

From the Charleston Gazette, February 25, 2004, Wednesday Copyright 2004 Charleston Newspapers In an unusual move Tuesday, Republicans attempted to force a committee to release a bill that would have removed political affiliations from judicial elections. "I think this is a very important measure," said House Minority Leader Charles Trump, R-Morgan.

02/25/2004
Georgia Freedom Agenda Update
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Georgia Freedom Agenda Update

Taxes Representative Chuck Sims introduced a bill to the Georgia House of Representatives that would phase out a car tax in the Atlanta and College Park areas. This three percent tax in Atlanta and College Park was a result of a 1996 law passed by the state legislature allowing municipalities to enact car rental taxes. Opponents in the legislature are now calling for repeal because local governments have not been accountable in the way they have spent these tax dollars. This tax has already cost the citizens of Atlanta $5.1 million. (The Bond Buyer, 2/17/04)

02/25/2004

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