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Digital Copyright’s Corrupt Bargain
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Digital Copyright’s Corrupt Bargain

Unfulfilled with the staggering restrictions on competition already incorporated into U.S. copyright law, the entertainment industry launched a new offensive in the digital piracy war thanks to the enlistment of Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ernest (Fritz) Hollings (D-S.C.). Sen. Hollings introduced the “Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act” to mandate copy control standards on virtually every electronic device and software code sold or distributed in the United States.

03/26/2002
Spring Break
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Spring Break

Congress has recessed for Easter and Passover and most school children across America have a break in classes to celebrate the holidays. The biggest Supreme Court decision relating to education since Brown vs. Board of Education is expected within a few months. The federal government has just expanded its role and funding for K-12 education in America. At the same time, most states and local governments are at least looking to freeze spending after years of big increases because state and local budgets are coming up short.

03/26/2002
Environmental protection not about tree-huggers
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Environmental protection not about tree-huggers

BY Molly Ivins

BOY, WE ARE marching backwards on the environment at a truly impressive pace. Between the Senate and the Bush administration, we are advancing to the rear, double time. The Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, fuel efficiency standards, toxic waste - this is literally sickening stuff. Last week, the Senate voted 62 to 38 to postpone, yet again, increasing the fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks.

03/25/2002
Environmental Protection Not About Tree-Huggers
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Environmental Protection Not About Tree-Huggers

BY Molly Ivins

BOY, WE ARE marching backwards on the environment at a truly impressive pace. Between the Senate and the Bush administration, we are advancing to the rear, double time. The Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, fuel efficiency standards, toxic waste - this is literally sickening stuff. Last week, the Senate voted 62 to 38 to postpone, yet again, increasing the fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks.

03/25/2002
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS ARE QUICKLY FADING
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS ARE QUICKLY FADING

BY Molly Ivins

Boy, we are marching backward on the environment at a truly impressive pace. Between the Senate and the Bush administration, we are advancing to the rear, double time. The Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, fuel-efficiency standards, toxic waste - this is literally sickening stuff.

03/24/2002
Impact Update 3.20
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Impact Update 3.20

CSE Activists Lead Campaign to Limit Growth of Government in Florida On March 19, the Florida House of Representatives passed HJR 87, “The Limitation on State Appropriations Amendment,” to limit the growth of government to a sustainable level. Passage of this legislation was at the top of Florida CSE’s issue agenda for 2002. Introduced by State Representative Rob Wallace (R-Tampa), the bill would limit state spending to the previous year’s appropriation plus an adjustment for growth. The growth adjustment would be calculated with a simple formula that adds the growth of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to Florida’s population growth. This new spending limit would take effect January 1, 2003 if State Representative Wallace’s amendment passes both houses of the state legislature and is approved by Florida voters in the November 2002 general election.

03/22/2002
Commerce Department Action on Lumber Imports Harmful to U.S. Consumers, Economy, ACAH Says
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Commerce Department Action on Lumber Imports Harmful to U.S. Consumers, Economy, ACAH Says

The U.S. Commerce Department's decision today to impose anti-dumping and countervailing duties totaling 29.01 percent on Canadian softwood lumber shipments into the U.S. will harm housing affordability and the nation's economy by acting as a hidden tax on new homes and on millions of workers in lumber-dependent industries, according to the American Consumers for Affordable Homes (ACAH).  "By following the wishes of a handful of U.S. forestry companies, the U.S. Commerce Department's ruling today stands as a slap in the face to millions of American consumers and workers who rely on ready access to Canadian softwood lumber products for housing, furniture, cabinetry and other uses," said Susan Petniunas, spokesperson for the ACAH, an alliance of 17 national consumer groups and companies representing more than 95 percent of the consumption of Canadian softwood lumber in the U.S.  Canadian lumber imports are critical to meeting the nation's housing needs because there are not enough trees available to produce lumber for home building in the U.S.  Petniunas charged that today's Commerce Department action makes a mockery of President Bush's public proclamations of support for free trade.  "U.S. forestry companies have argued for more than 20 years that imported lumber is somehow subsidized.  They have always lost their arguments before international panels, and this latest ruling won't stand up to scrutiny either. The U.S. must have Canadian lumber to meet its housing construction needs.  U.S. forests have been over-harvested and there is no way for domestic producers to meet the demand.  Import barriers will simply raise lumber prices and forest company profits, without creating new lumber mill jobs," she said.  If the announced duties are added to U.S. lumber prices, the cost of an average new home would increase nearly $1,500," Petniunas continued. "U.S. Census Bureau figures indicate that such an increase could force close to 450,000 prospective American home buyers out of the market.  Additionally, the home building industry employs 6.5 million people.  This industry, which has been one of the healthiest segments of the nation's economy, could be seriously harmed by the Commerce Department's decision."  "Trade restrictions on lumber cause artificial price increases and volatile swings in the lumber market, both of which hurt housing affordability," said Bobby Rayburn, a home builder from Jackson, Miss. and vice president and treasurer of the National Association of Home Builders, an ACAH member.  Attention now swings to the International Trade Commission (ITC), which is expected to rule in late April on whether U.S. forestry companies have suffered any harm from Canadian softwood lumber imports.  "We can only hope that the ITC sees through some of the false arguments that use of lumber from Canada comes at the expense of U.S. lumber mills," Petniunas said.  "The types of lumber imported from Canada are different from the type produced from U.S. forests," said Rayburn.  "Ask any home builder across the United States-we need Canadian spruce pine fir for wall studs.  Southern yellow pine, because it is more likely to warp, is better suited for beams and joists. Framing walls with southern yellow pine just won't work for the homes we want to deliver to American consumers."  In addition to NAHB, ACAH members include American Grassroots Homeowners Alliance, Catamount Pellet Fuel Corporation, CHEP USA, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Consumers for World Trade, Free Trade Lumber Council, the Home Depot, International Mass Retail Association, International Sleep Products Association, Leggett & Platt Inc., Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform, Manufactured Housing Institute, National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, National Retail Federation, and the United States Hispanic Contractors Association.

03/22/2002
CSE Buffer Summit 2002 Photo Gallery
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CSE Buffer Summit 2002 Photo Gallery

      Over 150 CSE activists listen to Congressman Taylor address private property rights

03/21/2002
More Than 150 Attend NC CSE Property Rights Summit
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More Than 150 Attend NC CSE Property Rights Summit

On March 16, North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) held its Private Property Rights Summit to educate citizens on the costly affects of the state’s river buffer regulations on citizens’ property rights. These buffer regulations prohibit owners from developing their land as they see fit, if that land falls within a 50-feet area surrounding any lake, river, stream, or creek. Activists see the buffer regulations as a regulatory land grab by the government without just compensation – a clear violation of the Constitution. NC CSE invited representatives of the state, associations, and elected officials to educate activists on how these rules infringe on property rights and prohibit owners from cultivating land for economic gain. Activists had the opportunity to question and state their concerns to Robin Smith, Assistant Secretary of Environmental Protection of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

03/21/2002
Congressional Recess Talking Points
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Congressional Recess Talking Points

Starting on March 22nd Members of the both the House and Senate will leave Washington, DC to enjoy a two week recess in their home districts and states. This is an excellent time to catch up with your federal legislator and let them know your concerns and ask them some tough hitting questions. With Members of Congress spending an increasing amount of time in Washington face to face opportunities are few and far between. Whether by attending a townhall meetings or scheduling an office visit, the time is now to make your voice heard.

03/21/2002

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