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Oregon tax critics tout economic upturn
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Oregon tax critics tout economic upturn

BY Brad Cain

The Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — Improvements in Oregon's battered economy are giving ammunition to anti-tax activists who say there's no need to impose an $800 million tax increase on Oregonians next spring. But supporters of the tax hike argue the signs of economic healing are tenuous and the state will face yet another gaping budget hole if voters block the increase. The Legislature in August approved the tax plan — which includes a three-year, income-tax surcharge — as a way to protect schools, public health and other services from further cuts.

11/17/2003
"Amending the Constitution Without the People’s Assent"
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"Amending the Constitution Without the People’s Assent"

11/14/2003
"Food For Thought" Packs The Room on Social Security Reform
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"Food For Thought" Packs The Room on Social Security Reform

HENNIKER: Over 50 students and community leaders came together at New England College in Henniker, NH on Monday evening November 3rd to listen to Derrick Max, the Executive Director of Alliance for Worker Retirement Security, address the issue of Social Security reform.

11/13/2003
"Food For Thought" Packs The Room on Social Security Reform
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"Food For Thought" Packs The Room on Social Security Reform

HENNIKER: Over 50 students and community leaders came together at New England College in Henniker, NH on Monday evening November 3rd to listen to Derrick Max, the Executive Director of Alliance for Worker Retirement Security, address the issue of Social Security reform.

11/13/2003
Expose out-of-state interests
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Expose out-of-state interests

BY Trudy Margules

Thank you, Statesman Journal, for information about the donors to Citizens for a Sound Economy. As you stated, “the self-described grass-roots group” received millions from such grass-roots local citizens as Philip Morris (to oppose increased cigarette taxes), Microsoft (to curtail federal antitrust enforcement), the Florida Sugar Industry (to oppose Everglades restoration plans) and unspecified oil and gas industry corporations (to oppose a potential energy tax).

11/13/2003
Think tank director urges Social Security system reform
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Think tank director urges Social Security system reform

BY PEG WARNER

STRATHAM -- The United States is lagging behind much of the world when it comes to privatizing Social Security, according to an advocate of reforming the system. "We are going to be the last country except for France that does this," said Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute. The system created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935 no longer fits in the 21st Century, according to Tanner. Thanks to longer life expectancy, the ratio of workers contributing to the system to retirees drawing from it has shrunk from about 40 to 1 to about 4 to 1.

11/13/2003
Taxpayers Fund Lobbying for Internet Access Tax
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Taxpayers Fund Lobbying for Internet Access Tax

Note: Diane Katz is director of science, environment and technology policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich. This is a reprint.

11/12/2003
Wisconsin Weekly Update
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Wisconsin Weekly Update

This week, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors approved a budget that actually decreases the property tax levy and holds true many of the promises of Supervisors to not raise taxes. However, Milwaukee County’s neighbors to the north and west, Ozaukee and Waukesha Counties respectively, are proposing budgets of 7.2% and at least 4%. ‘Tis budget season in Wisconsin and people here are used to seeing their very real, very tangible property tax bill increase.

11/12/2003
Textbooks held to bogus litmus tests
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Textbooks held to bogus litmus tests

BY Diane Carman

I knew they were nuts when the Citizens for a Sound Economy equated Colorado College professor Dan Chiras with Osama bin Laden. Chiras, an Evergreen scientist, has been writing textbooks for almost 30 years. The director of the Texas chapter of CSE invoked Christianity, democracy, free enterprise and 9/11 in her defense of the Texas State Board of Education's rejection of Chiras' environmental science textbook.

11/12/2003
Flat Tax Revolution
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Flat Tax Revolution

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