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EARLY PUNT ON ED PACKAGE WOULD GIVE SPONSORS BETTER FIELD POSITION
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EARLY PUNT ON ED PACKAGE WOULD GIVE SPONSORS BETTER FIELD POSITION

BY THOMAS SHAPLEY

OLYMPIA Now that Gov. Gary Locke has handed the ball on education funding reform to the Legislature, the best thing for lawmakers to do is punt. It's not that that's the right thing to do. It's just that that's what's going to happen, so legislative leadership might as well do it now and give the League of Education Voters as much time as possible to gather signatures and money for an initiative to the people in November. A bid for a new billion- dollar tax in an election year is DOA in a divided state Legislature.

02/08/2004
Kudos to Oregon voters
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Kudos to Oregon voters

California politicians seeking higher taxes here to deal with the state's budget problem should look to a vote last Tuesday in neighboring Oregon. "Voters trounce Measure 30," read the headline of The Oregonian newspaper. The article reported, "Oregonians buried Measure 30, choosing to balance the budget by spending less, not by paying more."

02/08/2004
Walker burnishes credentials as new anti-tax chief
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Walker burnishes credentials as new anti-tax chief

BY BRAD CAIN

Russ Walker has spent the past few days recuperating from bronchitis and from an election campaign that led to the crushing defeat of an $800 million tax hike on Tuesday's ballot. The convalescence has given Walker some time to reflect on his new role as the leader of Oregon's anti-tax movement — a position that's been vacant since the political demise of Bill Sizemore. Walker, head of the Oregon chapter of Citizens for a Sound Economy, was instrumental in putting together the signature-gathering effort and campaign that led to the drubbing of the tax plan.

02/07/2004
Sky High
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Sky High

BY Alexis Simendinger, David Baumann, Carl M. Cannon, and John Maggs

"You never know which mode of governance you'll see from Bush," said Republican Stephen Moore, president of the political action committee Club for Growth, as he mused about the president's $2.4 trillion budget blueprint for fiscal 2005 and the potential for a second term. Some of President Bush's recent actions, including his signing of the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal 2004 (rife with what some Republicans perceive as wasteful spending), plus revelations about the actual growth in government spending under Bush, and his fanfare about sending astronauts to Mars, are sparking criticism of the president's fiscal stewardship. "Republicans are spending more money than Tip O'Neill ever did," said Moore, referring to the late Democratic House speaker of the Reagan era. "All those things have really hurt Bush in the polls," Moore added. And on top of that, this year's deficit forecast has reached $521 billion.

02/07/2004
CSE Guide to Lobbying Congress
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CSE Guide to Lobbying Congress

Please also see CSE's Townhall Meetup Homepage at www.cse.org/meetup !

02/06/2004
New Hampshire Introduces Social Security Resolution
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Press Release

New Hampshire Introduces Social Security Resolution

The New Hampshire Social Security Resolution was introduced before the Executive Departments and Administration (ED&A)Committee of the State Senate on Feb. 4th by Sen. Russell Prescott. CSE Policy Analysis Max Pappas was on hand to provide expert oral and written testimony. (see photos below)

02/06/2004
New Hampshire Introduces Social Security Resolution
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Press Release

New Hampshire Introduces Social Security Resolution

The New Hampshire Social Security Resolution was introduced before the Executive Departments and Administration (ED&A)Committee of the State Senate on Feb. 4th by Sen. Russell Prescott. CSE Policy Analysis Max Pappas was on hand to provide expert oral and written testimony. (see photos below)

02/06/2004
Tax defeat in Oregon could trigger cuts
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Tax defeat in Oregon could trigger cuts

BY Hal Bernton

PORTLAND — Oregon voters' resounding rejection of an $800 million revenue measure has burnished this state's reputation as a bastion for the national movement to limit taxes. The measure's failure, which was defeated Tuesday by a 59 to 41 percent vote, is expected to trigger cuts in education, public safety and knock many more people off the Oregon Health Plan, which offers medical coverage to tens of thousands of residents.

02/06/2004
County prepares to take out ax
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County prepares to take out ax

BY DON HAMILTON

Multnomah County's income tax proceeds won't be enough to protect some county programs from a new round of state budget cuts. Oregon voters this week resoundingly rejected Measure 30, the Legislature's budget plan. The vote statewide was 59 percent to 41 percent, and even Multnomah County, the most tax-friendly county in Oregon, turned it back 55 percent to 45 percent.

02/06/2004
Education plan faces uncertain fate
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Education plan faces uncertain fate

BY Richard Roesler

OLYMPIA A one-penny sales tax hike, proposed this week by education supporters, would raise $1billion a year for preschool programs, public schools and colleges. The biggest question about the proposal, however, is the one no one can answer: Will voters agree to a billion-dollar tax hike? They should, Gov. Gary Locke said Thursday. "Better education benefits everyone," he said. The League of Education Voters' proposal, he said, gives voters a chance to "take bold action to reap huge rewards."

02/06/2004

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