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CSE Members Rally Against Massive New Hampshire Spending Increases
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CSE Members Rally Against Massive New Hampshire Spending Increases

The 2003 New Hampshire budget battle has been a classic confrontation between the big spenders and those promoting fiscal responsibility. As submitted, Governor Craig Benson’s budget called for a 6% increase in state spending and contained no new taxes or increases. Having passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, the budget now contains an increase of 13% in state spending, spends all of the state bailout money provided for by the Congress and levies a new tax on nursing homes.

06/17/2003
Social Security Reform and Personal Retirement Accounts
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Social Security Reform and Personal Retirement Accounts

Why reform Social Security? There are two basic reasons Social Security must be reformed: 1. A Financial Crisis Social Security will run deficits by 2018 and be bankrupt by 2042. Unless we act now, the next generation of retirees will be confronted with skyrocketing taxes and evaporating benefits.

06/16/2003
Texas Constitutional Amendments
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Texas Constitutional Amendments

Following are the 22 constitutional amendments that will be on a Sept. 13 ballot. According to the Secretary of State’s office, turnout for constitutional amendments has hovered somewhere around 7%-8% over the last 3 cycles. CSE will be providing information on the amendments which relate to CSE’s mission.

06/13/2003
Jack Kemp Applauds New Study on Social Security Reform by Peter Ferrara
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Jack Kemp Applauds New Study on Social Security Reform by Peter Ferrara

Today, Empower America co-director Jack Kemp joined advocates of Social Security reform at a press conference at the National Press Club in support of an innovative new study on Social Security reform authored by Peter Ferrara on behalf of the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI). The full text of the study can be found at: www.ipi.org. The following are Jack Kemp’s remarks:

06/13/2003
Jack Kemp Applauds New Study on Social Security Reform by Peter Ferrara
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Jack Kemp Applauds New Study on Social Security Reform by Peter Ferrara

Today, Empower America co-director Jack Kemp joined advocates of Social Security reform at a press conference at the National Press Club in support of an innovative new study on Social Security reform authored by Peter Ferrara on behalf of the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI). The full text of the study can be found at: www.ipi.org. The following are Jack Kemp’s remarks:

06/13/2003
Revised Annexation Plan Proceeds
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Revised Annexation Plan Proceeds

BY Victoria Cherrie

With little discussion and fanfare, the city's revised annexation plan moved forward last night as an audience of opponents quietly watched. The Winston-Salem City Council raised questions and suggested more changes to the plan, which was revised and trimmed down last week in response to complaints from Forsyth County residents and from council members. City Manager Bill Stuart released the trimmed version Tuesday. It reduces the annexed area from 34 square miles to 22. The plan also lowers the amount of the rural acreage that the city would take in by 50 percent and decreases the proposed population from 24,000 people to 18,000 people. Last night, the council reviewed the revisions and directed Stuart to begin preparing the legal documents required for the scheduled vote June 23. Members also raised questions, which the city staff will answer and the council will discuss again at its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Paul Norby, the city-county planning director, explained the levels of development and population density required for an area to qualify for annexation. Council Member Vivian Burke said she wants to make sure that the changes are fair across the board. "I would like to look at these large tracks of land and see how many are owned by developers and what they plan to do with them," she said. Changes to the plan come after weeks of stormy meetings with county residents included in the plan. More than 1,000 people turned out at a public hearing last month to make their displeasure known. The city council responded by giving Stuart new guidelines for annexation. They included reducing the rural areas and using more clearly defined boundaries, such as roads or proposed roads, to decide the city's new borders Council members said that the revised plan is better than before, but Council Member Robert Clark said he would like to see more property near the northeast corner of the city east of Old Rural Hall Road taken out of the plan. "It is an obvious rural area," Clark said. The biggest criticism of the annexation plan is that it takes in too much rural land. About 40 of the people who have fought against it attended last night's meeting. They weren't allowed to speak. They wore stickers that said "no forced annexation," and carried signs expressing discontent. Alton Fulk lives off Sawmill Road southeast of the city. He said he was relieved when he learned that his property was dropped with the revisions. But he showed up last night carrying a sign that said, "Vote them out." "No matter how you look at it, this is still forced annexation," he said. "I'm supporting the ones who didn't get dropped." Fulk and others are being careful not to get too excited. Stuart has cautioned residents who are being removed from the initial plan not to think they won't ever be annexed. He said that the city will continue considering areas as they develop. "We are at least temporarily relieved," said David Robertson, who lives on Fraternity Church Road southwest of the city and was excluded in the revised plan. Robertson said that although it appears that the plan will eventually be approved, he will continue to support the people who will be annexed. "I am not going to be annexed," he said. "But I am sympathetic to the ones who are and who are still hoping for minds to be changed. Last night, Council Member Vernon Robinson was the only member to vote against proceeding with the revised plan and for the city manager to prepare the legal documents needed for approval. Robinson has opposed annexation and last night he drew applause from the crowd when he said: "When this process started, many thought it was a done deal. I would like to congratulate the citizens and the Citizens for a Sound Economy who got one-third of the annexation out ... and for the folks still being annexed, it's not over until it's over." Victoria Cherrie can be reached at 727-7283 or at vcherrie@wsjournal.com

06/12/2003
Wake County CSE Holds Chapter Meeting
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Wake County CSE Holds Chapter Meeting

On Thursday, June 5, the Wake County CSE chapter held their monthly club meeting with Wake County Manager David Cooke and County Commissioners Tony Gurley and Joe Bryan. Activists discussed the proposed county plan of increasing county property taxes 7%. The County stated that more money is needed for public schools, health care, employee pay raises and public safety measures. People in attendance stated that now is not the right time to increase taxes and therefore, the county should wait until the economy rebounds.

06/12/2003
Empower America co-director Jack Kemp to Speak at Press Conference in Support of New IPI Study on Social Security
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Empower America co-director Jack Kemp to Speak at Press Conference in Support of New IPI Study on Social Security

On Friday, June 13, 2003, Empower America co-director Jack Kemp will speak at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on the occasion of the publication of a new study on Social Security by Peter Ferrara sponsored by the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI). Also attending will be Dorcas Hardy, former Commissioner of Social Security, Steve Moore, President of the Club for Growth and Charlie Jarvis, President of the United Seniors Association. When: Friday, June 13, 2003 (10:00 a.m.) Where: National Press Club (Edward R. Murrow Room)

06/12/2003
Empower America co-director Jack Kemp to Speak at Press Conference in Support of New IPI Study on Social Security
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Empower America co-director Jack Kemp to Speak at Press Conference in Support of New IPI Study on Social Security

On Friday, June 13, 2003, Empower America co-director Jack Kemp will speak at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on the occasion of the publication of a new study on Social Security by Peter Ferrara sponsored by the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI). Also attending will be Dorcas Hardy, former Commissioner of Social Security, Steve Moore, President of the Club for Growth and Charlie Jarvis, President of the United Seniors Association. When: Friday, June 13, 2003 (10:00 a.m.) Where: National Press Club (Edward R. Murrow Room)

06/12/2003
CSE Urges YES Vote On H.R. 1115, The “Class Action Fairness Act”
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CSE Urges YES Vote On H.R. 1115, The “Class Action Fairness Act”

The 280,000 members of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) urge the U.S. House of Representatives to vote YES on H.R. 1115, the "Class Action Fairness Act of 2003." Today, trial lawyers are using a handful of compliant state courts to fleece businesses with class action lawsuits. These state court "hotspots" are routinely ignoring economic facts while granting massive awards. Consumers and the economy pay the costs of these expensive decisions, while trial lawyers end up collecting enormous financial windfalls.

06/12/2003

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