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Reliable Energy Now, and for the Future Talking Points and Sample Questions
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Reliable Energy Now, and for the Future Talking Points and Sample Questions

The Unites States is in the midst of an energy crisis. New exploration and the production of energy resources has almost completely stopped, our refining capacity is stretched to the limit, and our dependence of foreign energy sources is at a historical high. Any effort to make electricity and fuel more expensive, or to cap or regulate CO2 will only exacerbate an already critical situation and cause tremendous economic damage. RELIABLE ENERGY NOW, AND FOR THE FUTURE

05/14/2001
Issue Number 8- No Guarantee All Lottery Revenue will “Come Home” to North Carolina
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Issue Number 8- No Guarantee All Lottery Revenue will “Come Home” to North Carolina

North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy today released Issue Number 8 of its ongoing effort to educate elected officials and citizens on why a government-run lottery is bad business and public policy. When the lottery fails to meet revenue goals, it will create a deficit spending situation in our budget that ultimately destabilizes our economy.

05/14/2001
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

BY Joyce Fernando

Social security EDITOR: I visited the White House for the unveiling of President Bush's newly appointed commission to study Social Security. It is well documented that Social Security as we know it will soon collapse without significant reform. As he promised in his campaign, President Bush has taken the initiative and appointed a 16-member bipartisan commission to examine the ailing Social Security system and develop recommendations for preserving it. ...

05/14/2001
Grassley Facing Big Test
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Grassley Facing Big Test

BY Paul Kane

Facing his biggest test yet as the new Finance chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is already taking advance fire from conservative activists who fear that he has been far too compromising in negotiating the tax-cut package. Led by the Club for Growth and the Heritage Foundation, a loose coalition of conservative think tanks and anti-tax groups have lashed out at Grassley for considering deals with Democrats even before this week's committee markup or a floor fight.

05/14/2001
Governor uncertain if he will sign retirement savings bill
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Governor uncertain if he will sign retirement savings bill

BY BOB JOHNSON

The head of Alabama's retirement system says state employees and teachers already have one of the best pensions in the country and he's not sure why a new saving plan is needed, given the state's other pressing demands. "It's a question of how much of this sort of thing do you do for employees and not focus on other needs of the state," said David Bronner, chief executive officer of the Retirement Systems of Alabama.

05/14/2001
Oregon CSE Testifies in Support of S.B. 660 - The 2001 Internet Tax Ban
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Oregon CSE Testifies in Support of S.B. 660 - The 2001 Internet Tax Ban

Prepared Statement Of Ross Marzolf Deputy Director, Citizens for a Sound Economy Before the Oregon House Revenue Committee On the Matter of S.B. 660 and Internet Taxation May 11, 2001

05/11/2001
Medicaid director is retiring
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Medicaid director is retiring

BY Rob Christensen

Dick Perruzzi, director of the state's Medicaid program for 23 years, will retire at the end of July, according to an internal memo sent out Wednesday by Health and Human Services Secretary Carmen Hooker Buell. Perruzzi had planned to retire last fall, but was asked to stay on through the end of former Gov. Jim Hunt's term. When Gov. Mike Easley took over in January, Perruzzi again was asked to stay aboard - this time, through the spring and the passage of a new budget, he said.

05/11/2001
Borrowing To Reform Social Security
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Borrowing To Reform Social Security

Copley News Service, 05/10/2001 Last week President George W. Bush appointed a commission to make recommendations on how to modernize and restore fiscal soundness to the Social Security system. Already liberals are protesting that the commission is stacked in favor of privatization. They also argue that diverting money from the current system into personal accounts would only deepen Social Security's financial hole.

05/10/2001
Legislator Signs Petition Opposing the Lottery
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Legislator Signs Petition Opposing the Lottery

On Sunday, May 6, State Representative Tracy Walker signed North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy’s (CSE) petition opposing a state sponsored lottery. Walker is first term Republican representing Wilkes, Yadkin and Alexander counties in the General Assembly. By signing the petition Walker is adding his name to a growing list of General Assembly members, which includes Republicans and Democrats, who oppose a lottery.

05/10/2001
FRC Commends Six Congressmen for Refusing to Vote for Poor Education Bill
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FRC Commends Six Congressmen for Refusing to Vote for Poor Education Bill

"In its present form, the House education bill is simply more of the same failed practices of the past," Family Research Council President Ken Connor said Thursday. "FRC commends the six Republicans on the Education and the Workforce Committee for standing in the gap to oppose H.R. 1. The education bill passed out of committee bears little resemblance to the president's original plan." The House Education and Workforce Committee overwhelmingly approved H.R. 1 Wednesday night. Six members, however, resisted pressure to vote for the bill primarily because the school choice and "Straight A's" provisions were stripped from the bill. Rep. Bob Schaffer (R-Colo.), one of the six Republicans to vote against the bill said, "In the end, for the committee and the White House, appeasing Democrats was more important than sending the president's plan to the floor intact." Other congressmen joining Shaffer in opposing H.R. 1 were Pete Hoekstra (Mich.), Tom Tancredo (Colo.), Mark Souder (Ind.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), and Jim DeMint (S.C.). "Insanity, goes the old saw, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result," Mr. Connor said. "If that's true, what does that say about those who are promoting this bill? Until H.R. 1 includes genuine education reform measures, FRC will continue to oppose the bill." FRC is part of a coalition of groups and individuals who have publicly expressed opposition to H.R. 1. Other coalition members include Dr. James Dobson and Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, Eagle Forum, Independent Women's Forum, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Education Policy Institute, and "Janet Parshall's America."

05/10/2001

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