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Legislating Trust

If, as Senator Phil Gramm (R-Tex.) has said, the Enron scandal is no longer a “feeding frenzy” that impels legislative action, perhaps the spate of scandals that have emerged since Enron’s collapse – Global Crossing, Tyco, Adelphia Communications, CMS Energy, Williams, WorldCom, Reliant – will cause enough turmoil in the financial markets to cause Congress to act. After all, everyday the market continues to underperform is another day the baby boomers must put off retirement. And as the oldest of the “me” generation approach 60, the political impetus for political solutions to the equity decline will be palpable.

06/11/2002
Spending Moves Forward While Tax Cuts Languish
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Spending Moves Forward While Tax Cuts Languish

As the number of days in the legislative calendar dwindle, the priorities of Congress become more apparent. Not surprisingly, efforts to boost spending are far more prominent than attempts to lower taxes. While the long-term survival of President Bush’s tax cuts remains in question, the Senate has approved an emergency supplemental spending bill for 2002 of $31.5 billion—almost $5 billion more than the administration had requested. The difference is largely highway spending and other pork related items. Despite highly publicized hand wringing over the return to deficit spending, Congress is a creature of habit; tax cuts have fallen by the wayside as politicians push spending levels ever higher.

06/11/2002
The Bush Tax Cut Turns One
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The Bush Tax Cut Turns One

This Week – This week’s big news revolves around the Bush Administration’s Friday announcement. The President recommended the creation of a whole new cabinet level office to be known as the Homeland Security Department. This has sent the entire Hill aflutter as everyone struggles to protect his or her turf and hopefully grab a new piece of the Homeland Security pie. The House Government Reform Committee kicks off the festivities with a few hearings this week. Since the new Department will have a broad reach, it is expected that Congress will take many months and that almost every Committee will want a piece of the action.

06/10/2002
Armstrong Re-Energizes Local Charitable Giving
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Armstrong Re-Energizes Local Charitable Giving

BY Tim Mekeel

With two young children at home and a wife who works the night shift, Mike Campion had been struggling to find a way to do some volunteer work. After some serious schedule-juggling, he was able to donate his time and talent this spring to help renovate the basement of Harb-Adult's downtown building. "It was bugging me that I hadn't been able to do this before," said Campion, an electrician at Armstrong World Industries. But his sense of satisfaction grew considerably when he learned that he could increase his impact without installing another light switch.

06/10/2002
New Role Models for Africa
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New Role Models for Africa

© 2002 Copley News Service, 6/7/2002

06/07/2002
Citizens to Legislators: Hands off the Permanent School Fund
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Citizens to Legislators: Hands off the Permanent School Fund

Originally ran in the Lone Star Report.

06/07/2002
Keep the Promise: No New Taxes Ad Campaign
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Keep the Promise: No New Taxes Ad Campaign

< p> CSE's New Jersey Ads are running today in the Trenton Times and the Trentonian. You can view the ad as <a href="http://www.cse.org/reports/trenton.pdf>a pdf file here. Contact New Jersey Governor James McGreevey by calling 888-Join-CSE number to tell him "Keep his promise--No new taxes"!

06/06/2002
Puzzle: Cut Services or Raise Taxes?
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Puzzle: Cut Services or Raise Taxes?

BY Wade Rawlins

In front of the Legislative Building on Wednesday, one group of several hundred people chanted "Keep the promise," and "Don't cut children." Under a tent behind the building, another group of similar size had a decidedly different message: "We want less" and "No new taxes." The advocates for the Smart Start early childhood development partnerships and Citizens for a Sound Economy, an anti-tax group, came to the General Assembly with two different visions of North Carolina and how much government should involve itself in people's lives.

06/06/2002
Tax debate heats up at the Legislature
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Tax debate heats up at the Legislature

BY Scott Mooneyham

The no tax crowd and the no cuts crowd flooded the halls of the Legislature on Wednesday, weighing in again for another day on the debate over the state's budget. For the second straight week, advocates streamed to the state capital to let lawmakers know what they think. On one side of the Legislative Building, they chanted, "No new taxes." On the other side, children sang while their parents urged lawmakers to avoid cuts to the Smart Start child care initiative.

06/06/2002
CSE Activists Deliver “The People’s Agenda” to North Carolina Legislators
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CSE Activists Deliver “The People’s Agenda” to North Carolina Legislators

Today, North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy (NC CSE) held its 3rd Annual North Carolina CSE Day at the Capital. Jonathan Hill, Director of NC CSE, issued the following statement regarding NC CSE Day 2002: “This year, over 500 citizen-activists from all corners of the state came to Raleigh to share the importance of The People’s Agenda with their legislators. The People’s Agenda includes: No Tax Increases, Property Rights, No Lottery in North Carolina, Choice in Health Care, and Protecting Teachers from Frivolous Lawsuits.

06/05/2002

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