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Social Security commission meets amid renewed concerns about trust fund
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Social Security commission meets amid renewed concerns about trust fund

BY Tony Pugh

WASHINGTON _ New spending on the war against terrorism is adding to worries about the long-term financial health of Social Security. The concern threatens to distract a White House commission on Social Security created by President Bush to weigh options for reforming the Social Security program. The panel strongly favors allowing individuals to invest a portion of their Social Security payroll tax in stocks and bonds.

10/19/2001
WAR'S COST RAISES FEARS OVER SOCIAL SECURITY SOLVENCY
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WAR'S COST RAISES FEARS OVER SOCIAL SECURITY SOLVENCY

BY TONY PUGH

New spending on the war against terrorism is adding to worries about the long-term financial health of Social Security. The concern threatens to distract a White House commission on Social Security created by President Bush to weigh options for reforming the Social Security program. The panel strongly favors allowing individuals to invest a portion of their Social Security payroll tax in stocks and bonds.

10/19/2001
Social Security Reform: If Not Now, When?
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Social Security Reform: If Not Now, When?

On October 18, President Bush's Commission to Strengthen Social Security meets again to examine how best to fix the faltering Social Security system. Citizens for a Sound Economy’s President, Paul Beckner, issued the following statement regarding the Commission and why modernizing Social Security is more important than ever:

10/18/2001
READERS' OPINIONS
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READERS' OPINIONS

BY Mark White

Lawyer concerned for court integrity I don't recall ever writing an official letter to the editor before, but then again, I don't recall ever being attacked by a person named Twinkle before, either. I want you to know the following: Bill Bowen and I are not members of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association but have on a couple of occasions in the past had the privilege of representing the organization.

10/18/2001
READERS' OPINIONS
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READERS' OPINIONS

BY Twinkle Andress

Gardendale Media misconstrue new court rules News articles about the Alabama Supreme Court's amended rules for judicial disciplinary proceedings overlooked the great need for these changes and, worse, quoted questionable sources. In changing rules at the Court of the Judiciary, the Supreme Court recognized that disciplinary proceedings, like criminal trials, should require a unanimous verdict, not a majority vote.

10/18/2001
BREAKFAST - ALLIANCE FOR WORKER RETIREMENT SECURITY
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BREAKFAST - ALLIANCE FOR WORKER RETIREMENT SECURITY

SUBJECT: Alliance for Worker Retirement Security (AWRS) holds a media breakfast to address new economic and political environment for reform prior to President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security hearing. LOCATION: Park Hyatt Hotel, 1201 24th Street NW, Hyde Park Room, Washington, DC -- October 18, 2001 PARTICIPANTS: Mike Broody, National Association of Manufacturers; James Miller, Citizens for a Sound Economy; Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform; and others CONTACT: Scott Montrey, 202-637-3099

10/18/2001
Simplifying Federal Taxes
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Simplifying Federal Taxes

Cato Institute Summary This year's $1.35 trillion tax cut reduced income tax rates and modestly liberalized the tax rules for retirement saving plans. However, the new tax law did not slow the progression of the tax code toward increasing levels of complexity. In fact, the law made 441 changes to the tax code and created a complicated series of phase-in periods for tax changes. Meanwhile, the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation released a 1,300-page study cataloging the excessive complexity of federal taxes but providing only limited proposals for reform.

10/17/2001
Alabama CSE Demands JIC Drop Their Political Witch Hunt Against Justice See
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Alabama CSE Demands JIC Drop Their Political Witch Hunt Against Justice See

On Tuesday, October 16, 2001, Alabama Citizens for a Sound Economy (AL CSE) held a press conference on the steps of the Alabama Judicial Building demanding that the politically motivated Judicial Inquiry Commission drop their political witch hunt against Supreme Court Justice Harold See.

10/16/2001
Sales tax increase in effect
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Sales tax increase in effect

BY Amy Gardner

Ask shoppers what they think about the half-penny increase in the sales tax that goes into effect today, and a lot of them throw back a blank stare. "I don't even know what the sales tax (rate) is," said Diane Chapman of Fuquay-Varina, who was shopping with her 2-year-old son Monday afternoon at the Target in Garner. "I don't think it'll make a difference to anybody," said Marian Worsley of Raleigh, shopping at Simple Pleasures, a gift shop and cafe on Glenwood Avenue. But others aren't happy with the timing of the tax hike.

10/16/2001
A Threat from Within: the Senate’s Four-Pollutant Bill
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A Threat from Within: the Senate’s Four-Pollutant Bill

Hidden amongst the recent Senate wrangling over whether or not to include energy production in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) as part of a comprehensive national energy bill is a push by some leading Senate Democrats to make any new production of domestic energy a moot point.

10/15/2001

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