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WI CSE State Director Cameron Sholty Statement on SOTU Address
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WI CSE State Director Cameron Sholty Statement on SOTU Address

In response to President Bush’s State of the Union address, Wisconsin Citizens for a Sound Economy (WI CSE) State Director Cameron Sholty released the following statement: "It was certainly refreshing to see President Bush reopen the debate on Personal Retirement Accounts with his statement, 'We should make the Social Security system a source of ownership for the America people.'

01/23/2004
Tax backers raise $529,000 in uphill fight
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Tax backers raise $529,000 in uphill fight

BY BRAD CAIN

Supporters of the Measure 30 tax hike have raised nearly $530,000 for their campaign to persuade Oregon voters to approve higher taxes to avert state budget cuts. Meanwhile, tax foes who earlier raised $600,000 for the signature drive that forced the tax election said they have collected less than $200,000 for the campaign — and don't plan to raise much more than that. With polls showing the tax hike drawing opposition from a majority of voters, anti-tax leader Russ Walker said, "we're not going to spend money if we don't think we need to."

01/23/2004
Bush to propose spending freeze
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Bush to propose spending freeze

BY Joseph Curl

President Bush will propose an increase of less than 1 percent for federal programs not related to defense or homeland security, effectively freezing discretionary spending in the next budget, after coming under fire from conservatives to control runaway spending. But the president will propose increasing governmentwide homeland security funding by 9.7 percent in the fiscal 2005 budget, and the military budget is expected to increase by a small amount.

01/23/2004
A setback to solving crime looms
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A setback to solving crime looms

BY JODY LAWRENCE-TURNER

PHOTO/LORI CAIN Shell casings are compared under a microscope to see whether they were fired from the same gun. January 23, 2004 Cuts planned for Oregon State Police Forensics Program if Measure 30 fails could diminish law enforcement’s ability to solve crimes and prosecutors’ ability to convict criminals. Evidence wouldn’t be processed in a timely manner, criminals would go uncharged and even the most violent crimes could take longer to solve.

01/23/2004
Unions boost drive for tax plan
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Unions boost drive for tax plan

BY STEVE LAW

A surge of cash contributions from public employee unions is breathing more life into the Measure 30 campaign, enabling a flurry of radio ads to promote the $1.2 billion tax hike on the Feb. 3 ballot. Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show the Yes on 30 coalition raised $413,000 in the past month, with pledges for another $122,000. More than 80 percent came from a handful of public employee unions, while businesses provided a relatively tiny share.

01/23/2004
Measure 30 supporters invest in media blitz
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Measure 30 supporters invest in media blitz

BY DAVE HOGAN

SALEM -- Unions and other supporters have poured more than $400,000 into the Measure 30 campaign in the past month to try to win approval of the $800 million tax increase. The Yes on 30 campaign spent more than half of that money on radio ads across the state, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday. Opponents of the tax increase, however, are not running any radio or television ads. They say they don't need to because polling indicates Oregon voters will reject the measure Feb. 3.

01/23/2004
Outside debate, conga line meets political theater
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Outside debate, conga line meets political theater

BY Jim Camden

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. For anyone supporting a cause or a candidate for president, the place to be Thursday was a snowy stretch of sidewalk outside the college auditorium where seven Democrats debated their qualifications to challenge George Bush. As the sun set, the snow fell and the temperature dropped, hundreds of signtoting activists shouted themselves hoarse engaging in verbal duels for the candidate of their choice - and the attention of the national media that followed the candidates to St. Anselm's College just outside Manchester.

01/23/2004
House Sets Limits for Tort Reform Debate
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House Sets Limits for Tort Reform Debate

From the Charleston Gazette, January 22, 2004, Thursday Copyright 2004 Charleston Newspapers Senate Republicans introduced civil tort reform legislation Wednesday, but House of Delegates leaders indicated they will only consider tort reform as part of an insurance fraud bill set for House passage today. "As far as [the House] working subsequent tort reform, or insurance reform, this was the bill we intended to work," said Speaker Bob Kiss, D-Raleigh.

01/22/2004
Parties Split On Insurance Issue
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Parties Split On Insurance Issue

From the Charleston Daily Mail January 22, 2004, Thursday Copyright 2004 Charleston Newspapers While Senate Republicans unveiled what they call the most sweeping tort reform package the state has ever seen, their proposals haven't yet caught the eye of House leadership or the Senate Democrat who will get first crack at the legislation.

01/22/2004
Raising cigarette tax isn't the way to fix state budget
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Raising cigarette tax isn't the way to fix state budget

This piece originally appeared in the The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington on Thursday, January 22, 2004 Gov. Bob Wise has proposed yet another cigarette tax. Targeting a punitive tax increase on one segment of society to pay for the tremendous growth of state government is unfair. It's particularly so since these taxes are highly regressive and heavily penalize lower- and middle-income West Virginians.

01/22/2004

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