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Is Social Security a Good Deal for Retirees?
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Is Social Security a Good Deal for Retirees?

“If youth but knew, if old age but could!” lamented Henri Estienne several centuries ago. But that was before Social Security, something about which youth does know, and old can do. The young know they cannot count on Social Security for their retirement, and the old, with their voting muscle, can ensure that the young don’t have to. If today’s retirees don’t want to saddle their children and grandchildren with a lifetime of paying into the same system that has made their own retirement less prosperous than it could have been, they need to put their strength behind reform that allows for personal retirement accounts.

07/31/2003
CSE Key Votes Cloture on S. 14, the “Energy Policy Act of 2003”
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CSE Key Votes Cloture on S. 14, the “Energy Policy Act of 2003”

July 22, 2003 Dear Senator: On behalf of the 280,000 members of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), I urge you to vote YES on cloture on S. 14, the “Energy Policy Act of 2003.” While we are concerned with several elements of S. 14 as it is currently written, it does not appear that further debate by the full Senate will improve the bill. Indeed, our assessment of the pending amendments to S. 14 is that the vast majority constitute bad policy. That’s why CSE is urging a Yes vote to end debate and move the bill forward.

07/31/2003
Spending is the Maine Problem
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Spending is the Maine Problem

Lawmakers in Maine realized the need for tax reform to fund education and give Mainers property tax relief. On November 4, 2003 a referendum will be held for the citizens of Maine to vote on tax reform proposals. The only plan that has made the November 4th ballot thus far was proposed by the Maine Municipal Association (MMA). MMA’s plan calls for the state to provide over $200 million for local education and to give taxpayers property tax relief of the same amount. Still, Maine state officials need to be careful of how to raise the $200 million necessary for the tax cut. The additional revenues needed should come from spending cuts to ensure that one tax relief is not traded with some other tax increase. According to the Tax Foundation, Maine ranks #1 in the country with the highest combined state and local tax burden as a percentage of income. This statistic shows the heavy load all Mainers must carry with them and further emphasizes the need for legitimate reform. Another plan is expected to be proposed by the state Legislature in the special session that begins August 21st. The Legislature’s plan will almost certainly contain broadening the sales tax as well as increasing the upper tax bracket from 8% to 10% to cancel out any property tax relief. It is clear that Mainers need relief, and that this plan negates any break for the taxpayers. The Maine Legislature must find ways to reduce its costs and its spending significantly. CSE wants to take action to ensure the citizens of Maine get real tax reform– but we need you! Click on the link below to sign-up and join CSE’s volunteer army now! Forward this email to as many of your fellow taxpayers as you can so that they can join our fight as well. Be sure to sign-up with CSE so that we can keep you up to date on this and other important issues.

07/31/2003
Nevada Petition Efforts Continue with Success
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Nevada Petition Efforts Continue with Success

As more information continues to unfold regarding the Nevada Supreme Court’s decision in early-July to disregard the constitutional amendment mandating a two-thirds supermajority to pass tax increases, CSE’s petition asking the state legislature to investigate the actions of the Supreme Court continues to grow and circulate across the state with great success.

07/31/2003
This Week in Washington
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This Week in Washington

Tempers grew short in the House of Representatives last week as Congress pushed hard on several fronts prior to August recess. The House is at home for the next month, and the Senate is wrapping up its business this week so senators can also return to their home states. It’s a race to recess, because there still is plenty of legislative business to be done. The pressing work on the Senate floor this week includes a massive energy security bill that has over 400 amendments under consideration, as well as votes on a number of President Bush's judicial nominees.

07/30/2003
CSE NH Confronts Sen. John Edwards on Social Security
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CSE NH Confronts Sen. John Edwards on Social Security

07/30/2003
Ala. Gov.: Christian Duty to Boost Taxes
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Ala. Gov.: Christian Duty to Boost Taxes

BY Wire Story

Alabama's new governor is trying to persuade voters to approve the biggest tax increase in state history by telling them it is their Christian duty. And for a state in the Bible Belt, that might seem like a winning strategy. Copyright © 2002 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.

07/30/2003
Energy Security Principles
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Energy Security Principles

July 29, 2003 Chairman James M. Inhofe Committee on Environment and Public Works U.S. Senate 410 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510-6175 Dear Chairman Inhofe:

07/29/2003
Senate Fails to Stop Shark Attacks
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Senate Fails to Stop Shark Attacks

In all four of the movies of the Jaws series, members of the Brody family are attacked by giant man-eating sharks. It’s probably impossible to stop filmmakers from rehashing the overused Jaws plot into another sequel, but it is possible to stop man-eating medical malpractice lawyers from causing health care costs to spiral upwards.

07/29/2003
Know Where Your Legislators Stand!
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Know Where Your Legislators Stand!

Alabama CSE is launching a project that will allow citizens to find out if their elected officials support Gov. Bob Riley’s 1.2 billion tax increases or if they believe there is a better way.

07/29/2003

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