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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

©2003 Copley News Service, 11/11/2003

11/11/2003
Gov. Ballard? No thanks!
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Gov. Ballard? No thanks!

OLYMPIA -- Retired House Speaker Clyde Ballard, for years the Republicans' top-ranking legislator, on Tuesday announced he won't be a candidate for governor. The East Wenatchee conservative, who has been Democratic Gov. Gary Locke's toughest critic, said he seriously considered the race, but decided it would be too difficult to raise the $5 million necessary for a strong statewide campaign.

11/11/2003
Annex plan lawsuit sought
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Annex plan lawsuit sought

BY Don Worthington

A group of Cumberland County residents who live in an area included in Fayetteville's annexation plan is considering suing the city. The Gates Four homeowners' association has retained a lawyer, but the residents of the gated-community near Hope Mills are waiting until after the Fayetteville City Council's Nov. 24 vote on annexation to decide what action to take, said association president Bobby Gleaton.

11/11/2003
Signature-gatherers' pay being investigated
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Signature-gatherers' pay being investigated

BY Charles E. Beggs

SALEM, Ore. State election officials are investigating a complaint that petitioners for an anti-tax campaign may be breaking a law against paying workers for each signature they gather. Anne Martens, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, also said yesterday that the office is looking into an allegation that a petition circulator gave false information about the tax measure to prospective signers. Both complaints were brought by the Voter Education Project, a watchdog group that monitors those who collect signatures for ballot measures.

11/11/2003
Social Security reform subject of Tuesday meeting
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Social Security reform subject of Tuesday meeting

STRATHAM - Social Security reform will be the topic of a presentation Tuesday evening by Michael Tanner, director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. "A Social Security System for the 21st Century," scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Stratham Community Church Hall, will highlight the need for reform and the benefits of personal retirement accounts. New Hampshire Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Seacoast Federation of Republican Women are hosting the free town hall-style presentation. The public is invited to attend.

11/10/2003
Social Security reform subject of Tuesday meeting
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Social Security reform subject of Tuesday meeting

STRATHAM - Social Security reform will be the topic of a presentation Tuesday evening by Michael Tanner, director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. "A Social Security System for the 21st Century," scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Stratham Community Church Hall, will highlight the need for reform and the benefits of personal retirement accounts. New Hampshire Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Seacoast Federation of Republican Women are hosting the free town hall-style presentation. The public is invited to attend.

11/10/2003
INITIATIVE SPONSORS TRY NEW STRATEGIES
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INITIATIVE SPONSORS TRY NEW STRATEGIES

BY Harry Esteve

Summary: A law limiting signature-gatherers to hourly pay and a ruling restricting where they can work complicates the process As a spate of citizen initiatives hit the streets, backers say they have changed tactics to overcome new restrictions on where petitioners can solicit signatures and how they can be paid. Instead of relying strictly on paid signature gatherers, they're putting more emphasis on volunteers, direct mail and door-to-door canvassing.

11/10/2003
Petition race heats up
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Petition race heats up

BY Ron Cowan

Carol Gaddis of Salem was more than happy to put her name on the dotted line during Saturday's Recall the Tax drive. "I'm taxed to death as it is," she said, signing a petition held by Wayne Brady at the Vista Station branch of the U.S. Post Office. "I think it's always a good idea if the people have a choice."

11/09/2003

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