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States Have Chance to Tax Internet After Moratorium Expires
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States Have Chance to Tax Internet After Moratorium Expires

BY Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

WASHINGTON — The World Wide Web (search) has been left vulnerable to new levies by states and local governments now free from an Internet tax moratorium (search) Congress failed to renew before adjourning for the year. The ban on taxes that prevents state lawmakers from imposing a utility fee much like that imposed for phone or cable TV use expired Nov. 1.

12/22/2003
Governor sees good times ahead for Oregon
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Governor sees good times ahead for Oregon

BY BRAD CAIN

SALEM, Ore. - In his first year in office, Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski antagonized his labor allies with a strong push to reduce pension benefits of public employees and freeze state worker salaries. At the same time, Kulongoski worked with legislators, including Republicans - to crank out a budget deal and pass bills aimed at giving a boost to the state's economy. With those actions, Kulongoski believes he has helped restore some of the public's trust in government that was lost during eight years of political warfare between lawmakers and former Gov. John Kitzhaber.

12/22/2003
On the social crisis in Oregon—- and the political malaise in the US
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On the social crisis in Oregon—- and the political malaise in the US

BY Noah Page

In 2002, the Pacific Northwest state of Oregon emerged in the regional and national media as the embodiment of a deepening economic and social crisis in the US. This was because, according to official figures, it had the highest unemployment rate and the highest level of hunger of any of the 50 states. Earlier this month, more than 1,000 representatives from the state’s ruling elite—business owners, politicians at the local, state and federal level, and others—convened in Portland for an invitation-only event billed as “Leadership Summit 2003.”

12/22/2003
Copyright Law Revisited
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Copyright Law Revisited

Today¡¦s copyright law holds systematic flaws no different than a house that suddenly starts to fall apart. If we do not examine the flaws closely to find out what is wrong, we may suddenly find ourselves sitting on our couch in the rain. When it rains, it pours. In the house of copyright law, we have witnessed blurred lines between justice and abuse of the legal system after record labels have sued over 300 individuals and a handful of companies. In addition, just last week, a goldmine of content on Mp3.com ¡V over 250,000 artists and 1 million songs ¡V disappeared in no small part due to its own brazen brush with copyright law. Some good may be able to come out of its demise and the downpour of lawsuits if we ask whether the system, in particular the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (¡¥DMCA¡¦), failed us and if there are greater lessons to learn.

12/22/2003
Slovakia Adopts PRAs
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Slovakia Adopts PRAs

Many of the former Soviet republics and nations of Eastern Europe are taking the notion of PRAs seriously as a way to strengthen their public pension programs. Jose Pinera, the architect of Chile's groundbreaking reform, is working to bring PRAs worldwide. American workers deserve the same security, control, and wealth-building opportunity as Slovakians. Tell Congress to get moving! Read the letter from Ľudovít Kaník, Slovakia's Minister of Labor and Social Affairs. Text of the letter follows Dear Mr. Pinera,

12/22/2003
Oregon governor has angered, soothed
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Oregon governor has angered, soothed

BY Brad Cain

The Associated Press Salem, Ore. SALEM, Ore. In his first year in office, Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski antagonized his labor allies with a strong push to reduce pension benefits of public employees and freeze state workers' salaries. At the same time, he worked with legislators including Republicans to crank out a budget deal and pass bills aimed at boosting the state's economy.

12/22/2003
Michigan Outrage: Gov. Granholm Passes Tax Increase
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Michigan Outrage: Gov. Granholm Passes Tax Increase

Governor Granholm succeeded in pushing through a tax increase to resolve the state budget deficit. This is first time the Governor and legislature raised a Michigan tax in more than a decade.

12/19/2003
Michigan Outrage: Gov. Granholm Passes Tax Increase
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Michigan Outrage: Gov. Granholm Passes Tax Increase

Governor Granholm succeeded in pushing through a tax increase to resolve the state budget deficit. This is first time the Governor and legislature raised a Michigan tax in more than a decade.

12/19/2003
Pappas does NPR Interview on OR tax hike
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Pappas does NPR Interview on OR tax hike

BY Pappas

Just completed a recorded interview with Oregon Public Radio, 91.9-FM KMUN, Astoria, OR on OR tax hike. It is going to be run tonight during All Things Considered on their NPR.

12/19/2003
Wisconsin Needs the Taxpayer Bill of Rights
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Wisconsin Needs the Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Special to Citizens for a Sound Economy BACKGROUNDER: THE TAXPAYER’S BILL OF RIGHTS (TABOR) WOULD:

12/18/2003

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