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Wisconsin: Citizens for a Sound Economy Supports the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights
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Wisconsin: Citizens for a Sound Economy Supports the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights

Sometimes it seems like the foxes are running the henhouse—especially when it comes to state government spending. That’s why Wisconsin State Assembly Joint Resolution 55 (Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR) is a good idea. This bill, which is now before the Assembly and will soon be before the state Senate, would provide a mechanism to return control of our tax dollars to us, the taxpayers. It prohibits special interests from excessive government spending on their pet projects, it prohibits tax-and-spend politicians from raiding our pocket books and property, and it prohibits unions from fleecing the state.

01/05/2004
Education initiative makes the ballot
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Education initiative makes the ballot

BY JOSEPH TURNER

A measure that would raise the state sales tax by an estimated $1 billion a year for education programs has enough signatures to win a spot on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Secretary of State Sam Reed announced Monday that he certified Initiative 884 for the ballot because it had nearly 250,000 valid signatures, well over the 197,734 signatures needed. State election workers checked 2 percent of the signatures and found about 22 percent in that sample were invalid.

01/03/2004
Is Ohio Really Cutting Spending?
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Is Ohio Really Cutting Spending?

Data recently released in the National Governors Association’s Fiscal Survey of States shows that Ohio’s budget for this year is set to increase spending despite increased revenue from additional taxes and fees levied on its citizens. In 2003, expenditures were estimated at just under $23 billion, but plans for 2004 have them increasing over $1.1 billion to roughly $24 billion. This is a 5% increase in spending, despite rough economic times, additional federal bailout money, and over $1.2 billion in tax increases.

01/01/2004
Tax foes beat supporters in fund raising
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Tax foes beat supporters in fund raising

EUGENE — Opponents of an $800 million tax increase have collected more money than those who support it as the Feb. 3 election draws closer. Public employee unions are financing most of the money to sell the tax increase to voters, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday with the state Elections Division. On the opposing side, a Washington, D.C., group and several Oregon businesses lead the way in the campaign to defeat the tax package. The reports covered campaign fund raising and spending through Dec. 18.

12/31/2003
Reports show tax campaign financing
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Reports show tax campaign financing

BY Dave Hogan

SALEM -- Public employee unions are shouldering most of the costs to sell an $800 million tax increase to voters as the Feb. 3 election draws closer. On the opposing side, a Washington, D.C., group and several Oregon businesses lead the financing in the campaign to defeat the tax package. That clash was spelled out in campaign finance reports filed Monday with the state Elections Division. They covered campaign fund raising and spending through Dec. 18, and showed the first detailed financial reports of the campaigns supporting and opposing Measure 30.

12/30/2003
Campaign reports show unions backing tax hike
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Campaign reports show unions backing tax hike

BY Associated Press

EUGENE (AP) - Opponents of an $800 million tax increase have collected more money than those who support it as the Feb. 3 election draws closer. Public employee unions are financing most of the money to sell the tax increase to voters, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday with the state Elections Division. On the opposing side, a Washington, D.C., group and several Oregon businesses lead the way in the campaign to defeat the tax package, The reports covered campaign fund raising and spending through Dec. 18.

12/30/2003
No Standards Without Freedom
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No Standards Without Freedom

As published in the Wall Street Journal, December 23, 2003 When it comes to reforming K-12 education, two powerful ideas are in play: standards and freedom. High standards will lift all boats, if joined to reliable tests and tough accountability measures that reward children who learn what they should and reward schools and educators who successfully teach what they should -- and that bring sanctions to bear on failure.

12/23/2003
More broadband access would boost Va. economy, study says
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More broadband access would boost Va. economy, study says

BY CHERISE WILLIAMS

Logging in to your personal home Internet account with broadband Internet access could help pump $14 billion into the Virginia economy as well as 32,000 new jobs, a new study finds. The study by Citizens for a Sound Economy Freedom Works Foundation, an educational and lobbying organization, said that a complete broadband deployment would help boost jobs for the state in the high-tech sector, which saw a loss of about 19,000 jobs in 2002.

12/23/2003
Running the Perception Race
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Running the Perception Race

BY Jennifer G. Hickey

In a memo to senior Pentagon officials Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld recently used the term "slog" to describe the situation in Iraq. Not a quagmire, but a slog. Citing the "preferred choice" of the Oxford English Dictionary, Rumsfeld defined slog as to "hit or strike hard" or to "assail violently." Known for his precision in word selection, Rumsfeld confidently had his aide read the definition from the Oxford. Attempting to argue with the use of the word, a reporter joined the linguistic skirmish by offering a different interpretation citing another dictionary. Nonplussed, Rumsfeld countered, "There are a lot of different definitions. I read the one I liked."

12/22/2003
Governor sees good times ahead for Oregon
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Governor sees good times ahead for Oregon

BY BRAD CAIN

In his first year in office, Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski antagonized his labor allies with a strong push to reduce pension benefits of public employees and freeze state workers' salaries. At the same time, he worked with legislators — including Republicans — to crank out a budget deal and pass bills aimed at boosting the state's economy. With those actions, Kulongoski believes he has helped restore some of the public's trust in government that was lost during eight years of political warfare between lawmakers and former Gov. John Kitzhaber.

12/22/2003

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