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State won't change tax plan's ballot title
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State won't change tax plan's ballot title

BY BRAD CAIN

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - State officials are refusing to remove references to budget cuts from the ballot title of a measure to overturn the Legislature's tax hike package. Anti-tax activists who are collecting signatures to put the issue to a Feb. 3 statewide vote asked Secretary of State Bill Bradbury this week to reconsider the ballot summary for the proposed measure. They said the wording, drafted by Attorney General Hardy Myers, should not refer to budget cuts because the tax increase bill itself doesn't make any cuts.

10/31/2003
Conservative Group Launches Grassroots Advocacy Branch
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Conservative Group Launches Grassroots Advocacy Branch

Citizens for a Sound Economy, a conservative group with a long record of battling taxes and regulation, has launched a new grassroots advocacy group called Americans for Prosperity, which will be led by veteran conservative activist Nancy Pfotenhauer. The new group -- which will work on both federal and state issues -- is a successor to the CSE Foundation, an affiliate spun off by a recent decision of CSE's board of directors.

10/31/2003
State won't change tax ballot title
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State won't change tax ballot title

SALEM - State officials are refusing to remove references to budget cuts from the ballot title of a measure to overturn the Legislature's tax hike package. Anti-tax activists who are collecting signatures to put the issue to a Feb. 3 statewide vote asked Secretary of State Bill Bradbury this week to reconsider the ballot summary for the proposed measure. They said the wording, drafted by Attorney General Hardy Myers, should not refer to budget cuts because the tax increase bill itself doesn't make any cuts.

10/31/2003
Halloween Waste in Alabama
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Halloween Waste in Alabama

This Halloween Day, the 60th annual National Peanut Festival gets under way in Dothan, Ala. Did you know that you were a host? After all, you the taxpayers are sponsoring the event. Despite a $374 billion federal deficit for fiscal 2003 — projected to reach $480 billion next year — Rep. Terry Everett, an Alabama Republican born in Dothan, sliced $202,500 from the 2003 Omnibus Appropriations Act for the festival, which this year features a Spam-recipe contest. Is Spam the new pork-barrel politics!?

10/30/2003
Halloween Waste in Alabama
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Halloween Waste in Alabama

This Halloween Day, the 60th annual National Peanut Festival gets under way in Dothan, Ala. Did you know that you were a host? After all, you the taxpayers are sponsoring the event. Despite a $374 billion federal deficit for fiscal 2003 — projected to reach $480 billion next year — Rep. Terry Everett, an Alabama Republican born in Dothan, sliced $202,500 from the 2003 Omnibus Appropriations Act for the festival, which this year features a Spam-recipe contest. Is Spam the new pork-barrel politics!?

10/30/2003
Future of Bedford kindergarten through Grade 12 is at stake
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Future of Bedford kindergarten through Grade 12 is at stake

BY Ian Bagley

After more than two years of controversy and uncertainty, the future of high school education in Bedford could be resolved on Tuesday, Nov. 4, when the school board will put a high school proposal, as well as a proposal for an upper elementary school, before the voters at a special election. The vote is scheduled for McKelvie Middle School, at the corner of County Road and Liberty Hill Road, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

10/30/2003
GOLI AMERI: THE TAXPAYER'S NEW FRIEND
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GOLI AMERI: THE TAXPAYER'S NEW FRIEND

BY David Reinhard

Thursday, October 30, 2003 I guess we're all supposed to recoil in horror that one group trying to overturn Gov. Ted Kulongoski and the Legislature's billion- dollar tax increase is based in, egads, Washington, D.C. Oh, Citizens for a Sound Economy has extensive grassroots in Oregon (12,000 members) and a state director with deep Oregon roots. But the fact that somebody on the East Coast signs Russ Walker's paycheck and a California firm is involved in some signature gathering has the state's spending lobby in a snit. Not since the freedom riders descended on Dixie has there been such a stir over outside agitators. Spare us the disingenuous provincialism.

10/30/2003
Eliminate the Deficit Reduction Fuel Tax
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Eliminate the Deficit Reduction Fuel Tax

Former President Ronald Reagan said in an address to the National Association of Realtors in 1982, “We don’t have a trillion dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion dollar debt because we spend too much.” Today, Americans are paying the highest taxes in the nation’s history and yet the government is also running the largest budget deficit American has ever seen. Time and time again, politicians have failed to enact fiscal discipline and reign in reckless and wasteful spending and have instead opted for higher taxes to support an ever growing government that is expanding in both size and scope. In a constant search for higher revenues, the government has created a complicated tax code that is distorted and full of loop holes. This complicated tax code costs Americans an estimated $183 billion to follow the rules and fill out tax forms as well as creates an uneven playing field among American businesses. The federal deficit fuel tax is a perfect example of a tax code that needs to be reformed.

10/29/2003
Europe’s Global Tax
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Europe’s Global Tax

This piece by CSE policy analyst Max Pappas was originally published in Foreign Policy. The tendrils of European taxation have gone global, thanks to a new digital tax. Since July 1, under the aegis of “leveling the playing field,” the European Union (EU) has been imposing a value added tax (VAT) on digital goods—namely games, music, and software—downloaded from non-EU companies via the Internet by EU citizens. Previously, the Internet allowed EU shoppers, who pay 15 to 25 percent VAT at home, to enjoy the virtual world of duty-free shopping.

10/29/2003
Senate's Economic Horror Story?
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Senate's Economic Horror Story?

With Halloween fast approaching, the Senate appears to be all tricks and no treats. Topping the list is the Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) proposal to cap carbon dioxide emissions. The “Climate Stewardship Act,” which was open for debate in the Senate on Thursday, October 29, seeks to address concerns about global warming. The problem is, the science behind global warming theory is far from complete, and the scientific community continues to identify uncertainties and problems with existing theories about global warming. On the other hand, the costs of measures such as the Lieberman-McCain proposal and the Kyoto Protocol are not inconsequential; passing such proposals is sure to be a trick, not a treat, for all consumers.

10/29/2003

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