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Voters To Have A Voice About Taxation
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Voters To Have A Voice About Taxation

BY The Associated Press

SALEM - The Legislature's tax increase package will go to voters at a special election Feb. 3, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury announced on Wednesday. Bradbury said a sampling of signatures on referendum petitions showed foes of the tax measure gathered 118,000 valid signatures of registered voters, far more than the 50,000 signatures needed to put the tax increase on the ballot. The referendum success means the $800 million tax increase package - including a $544 million income tax surcharge - is blocked until voters decide its fate.

12/03/2003
Voters will decide tax increase
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Voters will decide tax increase

BY Charles E. Beggs

SALEM- The Legislature's tax increase package will go to voters at a Feb. 3 special election, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury announced Wednesday. The development was no surprise because tax opponents turned in many more signatures than needed to put the measure on the ballot. Based on a sampling of the referendum petitions, Bradbury said, there were 118,000 valid signatures from registered voters - far more than the 50,000 needed.

12/03/2003
Social Security Reform Breakthrough
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Social Security Reform Breakthrough

©2003 Copley News Service, 12/2/2003 Imagine what America would look like in a few years if people had the opportunity to own their own home, their own job, their own education and their own personal retirement account. It's not a pipe dream. It's not only possible but urgent that we build an America where in our democratic capitalistic system everyone not only participates but is a shareholder.

12/02/2003
Foes of Oregon Tax Surcharge Have Signatures to Force Vote on Repeal
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Foes of Oregon Tax Surcharge Have Signatures to Force Vote on Repeal

BY Rich Saskal

SAN FRANCISCO - Opponents of an income tax surcharge that was key to balancing Oregon's current budget announced they have more than enough signatures to force a vote on repealing the surcharge. Challengers marched into the secretary of state's office in Salem with more than 145,000 signatures on Tuesday, the deadline to submit petitions challenging the tax-surcharge bill. Only 50,425 valid signatures are needed to force a Feb. 3 referendum on the tax.

12/01/2003
Bypassing the will of people
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Bypassing the will of people

BY Brandon Dutcher

The Oklahoman has decried recent attempts by special-interest groups to thwart the people's will on issues like right to work and cockfighting. But could another popular constitutional provision also be in the crosshairs? In 1992 Oklahoma voters passed State Question 640, which requires a legislative supermajority to raise taxes. Nevada has a similar deterrent, but at the urging of the school employee labor unions, the Nevada Supreme Court this summer set a troubling precedent by suspending it. Indeed, in other states that have passed super-majority requirements to rein in the politicians, the tax-and-spend coalition is now trying to get state supreme courts to go in and do the dirty work, according to Citizens for a Sound Economy President Paul Beckner.

12/01/2003
Will antitax groups ever stop crying wolf?
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Will antitax groups ever stop crying wolf?

BY K. GREG BYERS

The fiscal conservatives are at it again. Kevin Mannix and Bill Sizemore shouting, "You are being overtaxed! No citizens will be harmed! Your money is being wasted!" So say other conservative leaders of "our" state. School budgets decimated, aid and assistance programs losing funding due to less money available from government sources, less giving to and granting of funds from philanthropic organizations and foundations. More and more people unemployed and not far from needing services, fewer workers with health insurance and savings plans.

11/30/2003
Tax vote looks likely
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Tax vote looks likely

Opponents of the Oregon Legislature's $800 million tax increase are confident that they have gathered enough signatures to refer the issue to the voters -- and that they will easily defeat it in a Feb. 3 vote-by-mail election. "The voters are going to speak, and the big tax increase interests had better listen," Tom Cox, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Oregon, said after tax opponents turned in an estimated 147,000 voter signatures to the Oregon secretary of state's office Tuesday.

11/28/2003
Revenue forecast optimistic
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Revenue forecast optimistic

BY PETER WONG

For the first time in more than two years, Oregon’s state coffers are projected to collect more in personal and corporate income taxes than previously forecast. But hold the champagne, state officials said Wednesday. Because the overall increase is only $75 million for a state general fund of almost $11 billion.

11/27/2003
Revenue forecast optimistic
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Revenue forecast optimistic

BY Peter Wong

To see the complete quarterly economic and revenue forecast of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, please see this story at StatesmanJournal.com BY PETER WONG Statesman Journal For the first time in more than two years, Oregon's state coffers are projected to collect more in personal and corporate income taxes than previously forecast. But hold the champagne, state officials said Wednesday. Because the overall increase is only $75 million for a state general fund of almost $11 billion.

11/27/2003
GOP Report: Bush Economic Plan Has Economy on Road to Recovery
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GOP Report: Bush Economic Plan Has Economy on Road to Recovery

CSE note: This year's tax cuts are working, as this study indicates, but CSE has concerns that the recent economic good news is not sustainable. America needs to do a lot more in the quest for fundamental tax and regulatory reform. View the full report (.pdf) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The U.S. economy is well into a period of robust recovery, thanks in large part to the pro- growth tax relief signed into law by the President:

11/26/2003

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