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Reasonable Attorneys Fees For Taxpayers
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Reasonable Attorneys Fees For Taxpayers

The Consequences Attorneys General can hire their former firms, friends, or even campaign contributors to represent the state on a contingency basis. Here are a few examples:

04/23/2001
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: TV Deregulation Will Promote Diversity of Programming
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: TV Deregulation Will Promote Diversity of Programming

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently voted to ease its restriction on dual ownership of television networks. It is now legal for any of the four major networks – NBC, CBS, ABC, or FOX – to own UPN, WB, or any broadcast network that has come into existence since 1996, but not to merge with each other. This is good news for TV aficionados and, contrary to critics claims, will promote diversity of programming.

04/23/2001
Issue Number 3 - No Guarantee Lottery Will Always be a Big Payoff
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Issue Number 3 - No Guarantee Lottery Will Always be a Big Payoff

North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy today released Issue Number 3 of its ongoing effort to educate elected officials and citizens on why a government-run lottery is bad business and public policy. National trends show that the $300 million figure is not guaranteed to last.

04/23/2001
Petitions to Restrict Canadian Lumber Imports Would Harm U. S. Consumers, Workers
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Petitions to Restrict Canadian Lumber Imports Would Harm U. S. Consumers, Workers

WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/--More than 20 home builders, lumber dealers and other supporters of free trade and consumer interests testify tomorrow before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) here, calling for the ITC to reject petitions that would impose a duty of as much as 78 percent on Canadian lumber coming into the United States. After the April 1 expiration of the U.S./Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement of 1996 (SLA), the Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group, filed a countervailing duty petition on April 2 for an approximate 40 percent duty and an anti-dumping duty between 28 and 38 percent. "Those presenting oral and written testimony before the ITC come from all regions of the country, representing the broad cross section of Americans who were harmed by the Softwood Lumber Agreement between the U.S. and Canada that expired April 1, and would continue to be hurt even more by these petitions," said Susan Petniunas, spokesperson for the American Consumers for Affordable Homes (ACAH). The ACAH is an alliance of 14-organizations, representing approximately 95 percent of softwood lumber use in the U.S. "Acceptance of the concepts in these petitions would be the equivalent of a 78 percent 'hidden' tax on consumers wanting to purchase a new home, remodel their home, or even buy a new bed," Petniunas continued. "That is ludicrous." More than 20 home builders and lumber dealers will present oral testimony or written statements tomorrow to the ITC, all opposing them. The petitions before the ITC would increase the cost of a new home by approximately $ 2,000-$ 4,000. Based on earlier calculations by the U.S. Census Bureau, a price hike of such a magnitude could knock as many as 1.2 million households out of the market for purchasing a new home. "The ITC must listen to the needs of American consumers and workers, not just the desires of a few wealthy lumber mill owners," Petniunas said. "This is an issue that will impact home buyers and workers and their families all across the country. The impact on the economy could be disastrous." Approximately six million U.S. workers are involved in lumber-using businesses, including home builders, remodelers, lumber dealers, and industries like window and bed makers. Workers associated with the consumers of lumber outnumber lumber-producing workers by 25 to 1 in the United States. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan testified earlier this month before the Senate Finance Committee that slowing economic growth could spawn protectionist measures in the form of countervailing and anti-dumping suits that are "unwise and surely self-defeating." "These forms of protection have often been imposed under the label of protecting 'fair trade,' but often times are just simple guises for inhibiting competition," Greenspan told the Committee. "If we were to move in the direction of protection, that could create some very significant problems for the American economy." According to ACAH, action urged in these petitions would have a number of negative impacts:

04/22/2001
NH is in danger of following New Jersey with three taxes
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NH is in danger of following New Jersey with three taxes

BY DAVID J. CITARELLI

The following guest commentary was originally sent as a letter by the author to New Hampshire Rep. Robert H. Rowe of Amherst. IT IS SAID that if we ignore the lessons of history, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. This week you will be voting on an issue that will have an impact on our state long after we are gone. It is imperative we maintain our unique New Hampshire advantage.

04/19/2001
More Gas Taxes in Texas? Consumers say "no!"
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More Gas Taxes in Texas? Consumers say "no!"

The proposed 25% increase in state gasoline taxes is unfair and unnecessary. Here are the facts outlining why increasing taxes on gasoline in Texas is bad public policy. If passed, only four states would pay higher gas taxes than Texas. Surrounding states would have significantly lower gas taxes: In terms of state gasoline taxes, Texans would pay:

04/18/2001
"The Failure of Structural Remedies in Sherman Act Monopolization Cases" Translates to "Abandon Break Up of Microsoft"
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"The Failure of Structural Remedies in Sherman Act Monopolization Cases" Translates to "Abandon Break Up of Microsoft"

Forced divestiture does not work. That is, government action to break up a firm under the Sherman Act (antitrust law) does not increase competition, raise industry output, or reduce prices to consumers according to a new study by Robert W. Crandall published by the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies. In plain English, a prominent economist associated with leading public policy research organizations does not believe that the government – through the regulatory or judicial process – should determine the organizational structure of firms in the marketplace.

04/18/2001
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On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) formally welcomed Massachusetts Verizon into the market for long-distance service. This decision should sit well with consumers, who will benefit most from deregulation. By a 3-1 margin, the FCC ruled that Verizon Massachusetts met the criteria set out in the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which provided a procedure for local Bell telephone companies to enter the long distance market.

04/18/2001
Issue Number 2 - State’s Quest for Additional Revenue through the Lottery May be a Zero Sum Gain
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Issue Number 2 - State’s Quest for Additional Revenue through the Lottery May be a Zero Sum Gain

North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy today released Issue Number 2 of its ongoing effort to educate elected officials and citizens on why a government-run lottery is bad business and public policy. Evidence shows that as gambling becomes more common, the incidence of problem gambling increases.

04/18/2001
HEARTS AND BRAINS
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HEARTS AND BRAINS

BY John McCaslin

She likens her new job as going from the "pros to college ball," the latter "having more heart." Nancy Mitchell Pfotenhauer, whose past "professional" experience includes chief economist for President George Bush's Council on Competitiveness and executive vice president of Citizens for a Sound Economy, is the new president and chief executive officer of the Independent Women's Forum, or IWF, a group of ladies - and a man or two - listed on one Washington list as "in" this year, while the National Organization for Women was demoted to "out."

04/18/2001

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