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Trickle-Down Deficits
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Trickle-Down Deficits

This week, President Bush released his proposed federal budget, which, as expected, signaled a return to deficit spending. Between a sluggish economy and increased spending on defense and “homeland security” the surplus has evaporated. But Washington is not the only government facing an economic crunch. In fact, state governments across the nation are swimming in red ink, and unlike the federal government, most states have laws that require budgets to be balanced. The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) projects state shortfalls to total $40 billion for 2002.

02/05/2002
Preserving Accuracy in Academia In Texas Schools
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Preserving Accuracy in Academia In Texas Schools

Freedom and liberty will not be maintained unless our children “understand the importance of patriotism and can function productively in a free enterprise society with an appreciation for the basic democratic values of our state and national heritage “(Texas Education Code). “Rewriting history” or teaching politically correct propaganda will not accomplish this. Our forefathers sacrificed all to insure that we enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Texas CSE is leading the campaign to insure that Social Studies, History and Economics textbooks scheduled for adoption in Texas this year instill patriotism in our students and are free from propaganda.

02/05/2002
Values Matter in Energy Debate
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Values Matter in Energy Debate

The word is the Senate will vote on energy legislation before the President’s Day recess. It’s about time. The House passed energy legislation last August, and as with so many other pieces of legislation favored by the Administration, Senate Majority Leader Daschle has used obstructionist tactics to delay a vote as long as possible. Now he hopes to use floor debate to shape an “energy” bill acceptable to the radical environmental movement. They want energy legislation, to include:

02/05/2002
Elizabeth Dole Pledges Not to Raise Taxes
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Elizabeth Dole Pledges Not to Raise Taxes

U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Dole pledged to vote against any tax increases during her term in the United States Senate. Mrs. Dole responded to a tax questionnaire from North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy. To date, Mrs. Dole, Dr. Ada Fisher, Dr. Jim Parker, Jim Snyder, Dr. Ven Challa, and Doug Sellers have all responded to NC CSE'S tax questionnaire.

02/04/2002
Mobilizing Grassroots Support for
Common Sense Environmentalism in Klamath Falls
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Mobilizing Grassroots Support for <br>Common Sense Environmentalism in Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls, Oregon – Of the environmental issues that afflicted the Pacific Northwest in 2001, the fight over the suckerfish proved to be the most contentious. The Klamath Falls farming community quickly found itself at the mercy of federal government agencies such as the National Marine and Fisheries Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service when both recommended and implemented cutting off water to Klamath Basin farmers in an effort to save the endangered suckerfish. Klamath Falls citizens, many of whom happen to be Oregon CSE members, immediately protested the government’s plan of action, stating that the regulatory decision was based on unsound science. Oregon CSE quickly mobilized its activists in Oregon and Washington to show support for Klamath Falls farmers and demanded the use of common sense science by government regulators.

02/04/2002
EchoStar and Hughes Comment On FCC Filings
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EchoStar and Hughes Comment On FCC Filings

The pending merger of EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH) and Hughes Electronics Corporation will benefit consumers through more competition to cable TV, local channels via satellite in more than twice the communities served today and rapid deployment of high-speed Internet access nationwide, particularly in rural areas, stated EchoStar and Hughes today as the Federal Communications Commission's initial public comment deadline occurred.

02/04/2002
A Bishop of the People
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A Bishop of the People

BY Claire M; Lynch; Pat McDonough; Steve Sloane; Patrick J; Kerley; Jason Thomas

Last Tuesday, on the day that President George W. Bush gave his State of the Union Address and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter was charged with prescription fraud, something monumental happened here on Long Island. The Most Rev. John Raymond McGann, bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, died at the age of 77 ["A Humble Man," Jan. 29]. The second bishop of Rockville Centre, McGann was installed in 1976, succeeding bishop Walter P. Kellenberg. Day after day and year after year, McGann reached out to his flock of parishioners - to millions of Roman Catholics from Elmont to Shelter Island. He was equally tireless in his interfaith efforts. He was a friend of my family's for 40 years. I first met McGann when I was 6 years old, when he was Msgr. McGann at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. He was a people's priest, and I never thought he aspired to a higher office, but when called upon to be bishop of Rockville Centre he stepped up to the plate. He was as at home working a room as he was on the altar. He was witty, charismatic and had an uncanny knack for matching a name to a face. Always. I believe the day he was ordained a priest was the happiest day of his life, and he spent a lifetime doing what he loved. We grieve for Bishop John McGann. He will be greatly missed.

02/04/2002
Easley appoints group to simplify tax code
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Easley appoints group to simplify tax code

BY Amy Gardner

Gov. Mike Easley on Friday appointed a panel to tackle one of the toughest tasks in government: tax reform. Easley's picks for the 15-member Commission to Modernize State Finances include elected officials, accountants and other business leaders. The governor is asking the group to simplify the tax code, insulate state revenues from economic downturns, update the tax structure for the modern economy and keep it fair and competitive.

02/02/2002
FLORIDIANS SHOULD REJECT MCKAY-PRUITT TAX PLAN
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FLORIDIANS SHOULD REJECT MCKAY-PRUITT TAX PLAN

Treasure Coast residents have taken a hit from less tourism revenue and little job creation during the current economic downturn. Our state and local governments should not increase taxes on businesses (which pass these costs on to consumers) and add to the problem. One such example is Sen. Pruitt's backing of the McKay proposal to increase taxes on basic products and services. It is advertised as a tax shift but closer examination reveals it is nothing more than a money grab from you and me.

02/02/2002
CSE Impact Update 3.13
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CSE Impact Update 3.13

CSE’s Key Issues for February During the month of February, CSE will concentrate on a number of key issues and encourage our members and activists to reach out to their elected officials and make their voices heard. CSE’s grassroots activists will call upon their senators to restore America’s energy security by passing legislation that emphasizes domestic production of reliable energy resources and regulatory improvement.

02/01/2002

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