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Capitol Comment 253 - Taxing Disaster Reserves is Disastrous
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Capitol Comment 253 - Taxing Disaster Reserves is Disastrous

A constant refrain from opponents of tax cuts is that the federal budget surplus should be "invested" in programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and education. Planning responsibly for the future, they insist, requires that government spend the surplus rather than return it to the taxpayers. But when it comes to planning for natural disasters, Washington has developed a policy whose costs are so prohibitive that the private sector cannot even attempt prudent planning for the future.

09/16/1999
Capitol Comment 252 - No Internet Tax: Why Internet Sales Taxes Aren’t Necessary
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Capitol Comment 252 - No Internet Tax: Why Internet Sales Taxes Aren’t Necessary

Ten years ago, discount retailers like Wal-Mart were redefining the face of the American retail industry. Today, online retailers like Amazon.com are again redefining not only the ways that businesses interact with their customers, but also how they interact with each other. Two years ago, Congress passed a three-year moratorium on new Internet taxes to help the fledgling market grow. In the interim, the battle to create an Internet tax plan has begun.

09/16/1999
Teachers, Principals or Lawyers?
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Teachers, Principals or Lawyers?

Reprinted with permission from Investor's Business Daily Like your pants extra baggy? Good thing you're not going to school in Boone County, Ky., where one high school has banned students from wearing pants that drag on the floor. Not just because they're sloppy. Because someone could trip and get hurt. And then sue.

09/16/1999
Capitol Comment 251 - Rapid-Fire Assault on the Separation of Powers
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Capitol Comment 251 - Rapid-Fire Assault on the Separation of Powers

Quietly and without much fanfare, state supreme courts across the nation are subtly taking powers from state legislatures. Traditionally, state legislatures, which are most accountable to the electorate, pass laws and state supreme courts, which are less accountable, interpret these laws. For years state supreme courts have exercised "judicial restraint;" i.e., even if the court thought the legislature created bad policy, the separation of powers doctrine mandated that the court defer to the legislature’s judgment.

09/09/1999
CSE LAUNCHES NEW HAMPSHIRE CHAPTER
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CSE LAUNCHES NEW HAMPSHIRE CHAPTER

Today, Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) Foundation announced the launch of their New Hampshire chapter. “New Hampshire Citizens for a Sound Economy will create a permanent presence for the growing numbers of CSE members in the Granite State. Currently, over 1,000 residents are already involved,” said Paul Beckner, CSE Foundation President. “A strong independent voice for taxpayers is needed in New Hampshire because there is a real threat to the ‘New Hampshire advantage’ – one where the state’s prosperity had been linked to the absence of broad-based taxes.”

09/08/1999
Capitol Comment 250 - Snowe-Wyden: No Fairy Tale for Seniors and Taxpayers
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Capitol Comment 250 - Snowe-Wyden: No Fairy Tale for Seniors and Taxpayers

Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) recently introduced the Seniors Prescription Insurance Coverage Equity (SPICE) Act, S.1480. The SPICE Act has seven shortcomings that dwarf any benefits for seniors. Premium Coverage Under S. 1480 IF a Senior’s or Couple’s Income is… …THEN Taxpayers Would Pay This Portion of Their Premiums Up to 150% of the poverty level 100% 150% to 175% of the poverty level Between 100% and 25% Over 175% of the poverty level 25%

09/03/1999
Issue Analysis 77 - The Case for Eliminating Price Controls on Insurance
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Issue Analysis 77 - The Case for Eliminating Price Controls on Insurance

The following is the text of a speech given by CSE Foundation Counselor James C. Miller at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Chicago, Illinois, August 20, 1998.

09/03/1999
Tax Fact #36: The Facts Class Warriors Don’t Want You to Know, Part II
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Tax Fact #36: The Facts Class Warriors Don’t Want You to Know, Part II

Critics of Congress’s $800 billion tax relief plan – which would reduce the marriage penalty while cutting tax rates by one percentage point – are outraged that these measures will give a larger tax cut, at least in dollar terms, to upper-income families than middle-income families. This is like being shocked that the sun sets in the West.

08/26/1999
Tax Fact #35: The Facts Class Warriors Don’t Want You to Know, Part I
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Tax Fact #35: The Facts Class Warriors Don’t Want You to Know, Part I

True to form, opponents of Congress’s $800 billion tax relief plan are playing the "class warfare" card in a last ditch attempt to stir public sentiments against the plan. To prove their case, they point to figures showing that the tax cut package will deliver many times the tax relief to upper-income families than to lower-income families.

08/25/1999
Capitol Comment 249 - Hey Congress: Please Don’t Feed the Trial Lawyers! Dingell-Norwood Hurts Patients, Helps Lawyers
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Capitol Comment 249 - Hey Congress: Please Don’t Feed the Trial Lawyers! Dingell-Norwood Hurts Patients, Helps Lawyers

The "Bipartisan Consensus Managed Care Improvement Act" (H.R. 2723) is the federal government’s latest misguided attempt at controlling health care. While the bill’s list of sponsors demonstrates that it is bipartisan, if it becomes the consensus approach, Americans in managed care would see few, if any, improvements. It gives them little more than an expanded ability to sue. In reality, this approach will only take money out of consumers’ checkbooks and put it into the pockets of trial lawyers, making health insurance less affordable for all Americans.

08/25/1999

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