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Support the Elected SBOE as They Protect the Children's Textbook Fund!
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Support the Elected SBOE as They Protect the Children's Textbook Fund!

The House Select Committee on Constitutional Revision will "evaluate the public perception of the need for comprehensive revision of the Texas Constitution" specifically, the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the $20 billion Permanent School Fund (PSF). The PSF is used to purchase textbooks and with a potential $5 billion budget shortfall, legislators are salivating over the PSF and want to get their hands on it...we must support the SBOE in their effort to protect the fund. They are all that is standing between the fund and legislators who would raid the fund.

05/28/2002
Antitrust Bureaucrats Hijack Airline Industry
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Antitrust Bureaucrats Hijack Airline Industry

As United Airlines and US Airways plunge further into debt, both airlines have little choice but to seek concessions from employees, apply for government-guaranteed loans, and potentially file for legal relief from debts through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While the effects of September 11th on airline travel cannot be underestimated, particularly for US Airways which has a traffic hub at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, much of the airlines’ financial turmoil could have been averted had the Bush administration allowed the two airlines to merge. Instead, the Justice Department demanded concessions that would have nullified the benefits of the union and United decided to terminate the deal in July of 2001.

05/28/2002
Auto Insurance Needs Reform
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Auto Insurance Needs Reform

When it comes to automobile insurance, the prospects for New Jersey’s consumers are bleak. Unlike many states, New Jersey’s insurance market remains mired in regulation that leaves consumers few real options in the marketplace. Four of the six largest insurers in the nation have pulled out of New Jersey, and one more is filing the paperwork to do so. Clearly, a system that drives out the major insurers does not serve consumers well. Unless New Jersey sheds its unwieldy insurance system, consumers will continue to face a shrinking set of options. Customer choice and competition have brought dramatic changes to insurance markets in other states; those states still clinging to regulation need to re-examine the role of markets.

05/28/2002
A Constituent By Any Other Name
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A Constituent By Any Other Name

Congress is out of town this week enjoying a Memorial Day recess. I hope everyone had time over the holiday to find their representative at an event to ask them about their support for permanent elimination of the Death Tax or about their support for personal retirement accounts! If not, you still have a few days with them in town; give them a call, see if you can meet. We here at CSE are always happy to provide you with talking points or issues that you can discuss! That actually brings me to what I wanted to write about today -- your power as a constituent.

05/27/2002
Capital Notebook
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Capital Notebook

BY Lesley Stedman

At 15.5 cents per pack, Indiana has the 44th-lowest cigarette tax in the nation. Only six states - including Kentucky at 3 cents - have lower rates. That could change if a bill approved last week by the House Ways and Means Committee becomes law. House Bill 1001 would boost Indiana's tax by 39.5 cents to 55 cents per pack.

05/26/2002
N.C. Cupboard is Bare
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N.C. Cupboard is Bare

BY Wade Rawlins, Amy Gardner

The General Assembly returns to Raleigh on Tuesday to face a budget crisis of historic proportions. The last time that North Carolina confronted such large budget cuts was the 1930s, and state leaders fundamentally redesigned the services that government provided and the taxes that were levied. Gov. Mike Easley and legislative leaders say that nothing short of North Carolina's future is at stake now. But are they reshaping government? Not in next year's budget. Are they going to revamp the tax system? Not in next year's budget.

05/26/2002
Let's Set the Record Stright on Proposed Bed Tax
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Let's Set the Record Stright on Proposed Bed Tax

BY Bill Pullen

I would like to acknowledge Ray Adams' May 15 letter, "Bed tax unnecessary and unfair to tourists," and address several of his comments. His letter, although well-meaning, did contain several inaccuracies and misconceptions. Taken in order, he stated that one of the facts I left out was "Martin County is a secondary tourist stop." I called it a "low-profile destination." Sorry about that! However you call it, I think we agree - but I didn't leave it out.

05/25/2002
3 Republicans Seek Treasurer's Position
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3 Republicans Seek Treasurer's Position

BY Bob Johnson

A former first lady, former banker and former Republican Party official believe they have the experience needed to handle the billions of taxpayer dollars that flow through the state treasurer's office daily. Seeking the Republican Party nomination for state treasurer, which pays $66,722 a year, are former first lady Lisa Wallace; the former executive director of the state Republican Party, Twinkle Andress; and Kay Ivey, a former banker who has been endorsed by the Alabama Bankers Association.

05/25/2002
Political News
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Political News

Biographical boxes on the Democratic and Republican candidates for state treasurer: DEMOCRATS Name: Carol Jean Smith. Birthdate: Oct. 12, 1947 (54) Hometown: Grew up in Anniston, now lives in Montgomery. Education: Bachelor's degree from Jacksonville State University in 1970, law degree from University of Alabama in 1973. Professional Experience: Worked as law clerk at Alabama Supreme Court in 1973; joined the attorney general's staff in 1974; currently serving as chief of the attorney general's opinions division.

05/24/2002
Cultural Pollution and Life-Saving Medication
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Cultural Pollution and Life-Saving Medication

It is an open secret that the political institutions of the United States are often captured by economic interests who seek to further their own agendas at the expense of what can colloquially be referred to as the “greater good.” While much of the impetus for increased regulation of donations to political parties and their candidates has been based on a desire to “return” political decision-making to its traditional roots, as any student of the Constitution and the Federalist Papers can attest, this problem has been around as long as representative government has existed.

05/21/2002

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