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Inside Politics
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Inside Politics

BY Robert Stacy McCain

'Our fight' "Israel's fight against terrorism is our fight," a group of mainly conservative intellectuals declared yesterday in an open letter to President Bush. Issued under the auspices of the nonprofit Project for the New American Century, the letter declares "it can no longer be the policy of the United States to urge, much less to pressure, Israel to continue negotiating with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, any more than we would be willing to be pressured to negotiate with Osama bin Laden or Mullah Omar."

04/04/2002
CSE Activists Rally in Maryland to Stop New Taxes
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Press Release

CSE Activists Rally in Maryland to Stop New Taxes

Activists on the capitol steps being filmed by WJZ Channel 13. No New Taxes — CSE activists from across the state converged on the capital to rally against a proposal under consideration in the Maryland General Assembly that would raise taxes on Maryland’s middle-income families. A vocal opponent of tax increases since its inception, CSE opposes House Speaker Casper Taylor’s (D- Allegany) 34-cent tobacco tax increase. CSE Director of Federal and State Campaigns Erick Gustafson, when interviewed by WJZ Channel 13 about why CSE opposed the tax increase, replied that taxes—any taxes—only grow the size government.

04/03/2002
New Statewide Property Tax Proposed for Texas
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Press Release

New Statewide Property Tax Proposed for Texas

Peggy Venable, director of Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy, denounced the new statewide property tax proposed by Lt Gov Bill Ratliff today as tax increase and a new tax. The plan was released at a meeting of the School Finance Committee. Here are Venable’s comments along with an outline of the plan: “In this plan, the State of Texas would be the King of Knottingham while Robin Hood and his Merry Men in Sherwood Forest take more from us all, not just the rich. This plan does not address the disparity of property evaluation.

04/03/2002
State Tax for Schools in New Plan
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State Tax for Schools in New Plan

BY John Moritz

AUSTIN - Acting Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff will unveil a new school finance plan today that would rely on a statewide property tax to equalize education funding between poor and rich districts. Ratliff's proposal would replace the formula dubbed "Robin Hood" that he guided through the 1993 Legislature. That plan requires wealthy school districts to send money raised from local property taxes to the state, which then redistributes the funds to poorer districts, resulting in the nickname.

04/03/2002
County Thanks Coach
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County Thanks Coach

UNCW Seahawks coach Jerry Wainwright said New Hanover County has been a good home to his team, which continues to enjoy national attention after playing two rounds in the NCAA Tournament. The team has a sense of responsibility to Wilmington and the county, Mr. Wainwright said to the County Commissioners, who presented him with a proclamation congratulating the team on its winning season. "They don't feel like they're away from home," he said. "They feel like they 're home. It's been a great place to play."

04/03/2002
Lieutenant Governor to Lay Out State Property Tax Plan
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Lieutenant Governor to Lay Out State Property Tax Plan

BY Connie Mabin

Acting Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff on Wednesday proposed the creation of a statewide property tax to be used to fund public schools, an idea that intrigued some and angered others. Fixing the school finance system, which many believe is unfair and inequitable, has emerged as a top issue that is expected to dominate the 2003 legislative session. Some property owners would see their taxes go up. Others would see them stay the same or go down under Ratliff's plan.

04/03/2002
Small Business in America
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Small Business in America

The American preoccupation with small businesses is rooted in the raw entrepreneurial spirit and freedom associated with working for one’s self. This is true for the owners of small businesses and farms, as well as the employees of upstarts looking to capitalize on their firm’s potential for growth. Too often, government intervention that seeks to help these constituencies threatens the same values that give “small business” its romantic character.

04/02/2002
Fine Wine and Good Economics
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Fine Wine and Good Economics

In Virginia last week, federal judge Richard L. Williams struck down the state’s archaic laws against purchasing wine and beer from other states as unconstitutional. Like many other states, Virginia has laws prohibiting out-of-state wineries from selling directly to Virginians, even though it is legal to buy and ship directly from a Virginian winery. The decision, which is on hold until the state can appeal, is an important reminder that states cannot pass laws to protect favored industries or special interests.

04/02/2002
Left on the Defensive
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Left on the Defensive

“I’ll buy dinner for anybody who can say what Democrats stand for. So far nobody’s taken me up on it.” -Steve Rosenthal, political director, AFL-CIO

04/02/2002
Political Activist Has Clinton to Thank
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Political Activist Has Clinton to Thank

BY Wesley Young

Joyce Krawiec used to be a PTA mom, but now she's a political activist. Krawiec is the Forsyth County director for Citizens for a Sound Economy, a group that lobbies for lower taxes and less government. Her unpaid job might take her to Washington D.C. to argue for tax cuts or to Raleigh to buttonhole a legislator. Or it might involve local organizing, as when she and other members of the group mobilized recently for a "Tar Heel Tea Party" to protest high taxes. On April 15 - tax deadline day - the group held a demonstration at the main post office branch here.

04/02/2002

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