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Taxing Issues in Texas: Too Important to Rush
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Taxing Issues in Texas: Too Important to Rush

Two major tax plans are under consideration in Austin and will impact all taxpayers across the state. Higher sales taxes and taxing services each have consequences that affect taxpayers, jobs, and the state economy. The Senate school tax plan, while well intentioned, may have some devastating unintended consequences on the state's economy. Let's look before we leap.

05/09/2003
Mark Fernald & Patrick Hynes To Headline Social Security Debate
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Mark Fernald & Patrick Hynes To Headline Social Security Debate

New Hampshire Citizens for a Sound Economy (NH CSE) State Director Chuck McGee announced today that former State Senator and 2000 Democratic nominee for Governor Mark Fernald and former New Hampshire Republican State Committee Political Director Patrick Hynes will go head-to-head in a town hall style debate about Social Security on Saturday, May 31st.

05/09/2003
Texas Justice Foundation
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Texas Justice Foundation

It has been two years since President Bush nominated Justice Priscilla Owen for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Texas Justice Foundation, the Free Market Foundation, Texas Citizens for A Sound Economy, and Texas Eagle Forum stand together in condemning the Senate Democrats' action in blocking a vote on the nomination by the U.S. Senate. The groups believe the Senate Democrats' action on Owen and on Miguel Estrada to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is obstruction of justice. Justice Priscilla Owen is unanimously rated as well qualified by the American Bar Association. She was overwhelmingly endorsed by Texas newspapers and overwhelmingly elected by the people of Texas. Miguel Estrada, who is also well-qualified, is a victim of ethnic discrimination. In addition to insulting the people of Texas, the procedure of not allowing their nominations to go to the full Senate subverts the advise and consent role of the Senate as a whole. Contact Information: Kelly Shackelford, Free Market Foundation -- 972-423-8889 Peggy Venable, Citizens for a Sound Economy -- 512-476-5905 Cathie Adams, Texas Eagle Forum -- 972-250-0734

05/08/2003
South Florida CSE holds first chapter meeting!
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South Florida CSE holds first chapter meeting!

The first meeting of the Palm Beach chapter of CSE was a rousing success. Thirty eight people attended the gathering led by John Hallman, South Florida CSE Volunteer Chapter Leader. John gave a briefing on CSE’s 2003 Freedom Agenda as well as a state issue overview.

05/08/2003
South Florida CSE holds first chapter meeting!
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South Florida CSE holds first chapter meeting!

The first meeting of the Palm Beach chapter of CSE was a rousing success. Thirty eight people attended the gathering led by John Hallman, South Florida CSE Volunteer Chapter Leader. John gave a briefing on CSE’s 2003 Freedom Agenda as well as a state issue overview.

05/08/2003
Another Coalition of the Willing
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Another Coalition of the Willing

BY Brody Mullins and Ethan Wallison

When President Bush rallied support for his tax-cut package at a gathering of business leaders on Tuesday, it marked the first time that the president has publicly urged his allies in the industry to help him move his plan through Capitol Hill. "Congress needs to hear from you," Bush exhorted a boisterous crowd of more than 600 business leaders gathered at the Washington headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "You all can make a difference in this debate." Privately, Bush has been delivering that message to businesses for years.

05/07/2003
La. Politicians Try to Put Stamp on Tax Plan
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La. Politicians Try to Put Stamp on Tax Plan

BY Joan McKinney

A Louisiana Republican helped move a revision to President Bush's tax-cut plan through a U.S. House committee Tuesday. At the same time, a Louisiana Democrat is exploring ways to bypass Democratic and Republican party leaders to pass a "centrist" tax-cut bill up for consideration Thursday by the Senate Finance Committee. At the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Jim McCrery, R- Shreveport, was an advocate for Chairman Bill Thomas' overhaul of the original Bush proposal.

05/07/2003
La. Politicians Try to Put Stamp on Tax Plan
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La. Politicians Try to Put Stamp on Tax Plan

BY Juan McKinney

A Louisiana Republican helped move a revision to President Bush's tax-cut plan through a U.S. House committee Tuesday. At the same time, a Louisiana Democrat is exploring ways to bypass Democratic and Republican party leaders to pass a "centrist" tax-cut bill up for consideration Thursday by the Senate Finance Committee. At the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Jim McCrery, R-Shreveport, was an advocate for Chairman Bill Thomas' overhaul of the original Bush proposal. Thomas, R-Calif., put forward a plan that would deliver $550 billion in tax cuts in a 10-year span, the same figure Bush is pushing. But Thomas' bill would not totally eliminate the tax on stock dividends, as Bush wants. Instead, Thomas would reduce the tax on all capital gains and apply the lowered capital gains tax rate to dividend income. For dividend income, the net effect would be to reduce taxation, but not eliminate it. Meanwhile, all taxpayers who had capital gains of any kind would get a tax cut. The bill also would give business owners more generous tax breaks for equipment purchases and for depreciation than Bush initially proposed, McCrery said. The bill retains most of the other features of the Bush plan, including acceleration of cuts in income tax rates, a higher child credit and speeding up relief from the "marriage penalty" that falls on some two-earner households. McCrery said the size of most of those specific cuts has been pared down from Bush's initial proposal. That's because the House's fiscal 2004 budget makes room for $550 billion in tax cuts in 10 years, while Bush originally requested $726 billion. The full House is expected to vote Friday on the Ways and Means Committee's bill. The Senate's budget is a more severe cutback, projecting the tax cuts will be no more than $350 billion over 10 years. Senate Finance Committee member John Breaux, D-La., was instrumental in passing that lower target, saying a larger tax cut would cause a dangerous rise in the federal deficit. McCrery spoke Tuesday at a rally arranged by Citizens for a Sound Economy, a business-backed and anti-tax group. McCrery urged them to simplify their lobbying message and concentrate on the overall size of the tax-cut package rather than its individual parts. "It's important we get the largest possible tax-cut number," he said. "If the number is not high enough, there simply will not be enough impact on the economy." The difference between the Senate's $350 billion tax-cut target and the House's $550 billion won't significantly influence the short-term deficit, but will affect tax policy, McCrery said. "It's more important that we have a tax policy that you and other business people know is going to be there for the next 10 years," he said. In the Senate on Tuesday, Democratic leader Tom Daschle, R-S.D., proposed legislation leaning more to middle- and low-income taxpayers than to upper-income investors. Among other things, the Daschle bill would give a $300 wage tax credit to every worker, increase the child-tax credit, accelerate marriage-penalty relief and give small businesses a 50 percent tax credit for providing employee health insurance. It also gives $40 billion in economic aid to state governments. Simultaneously, the Republican chairman of the Finance Committee - Iowa's Chuck Grassley - released parts of his own proposal, including a phased reduction in the dividend tax. Breaux's press secretary, Bette Phelan, said Breaux hasn't made a commitment to Daschle's bill and is "much more focused on what's unfolding at the Finance Committee."

05/07/2003
Teaching Students to Be Thoughtful, Productive Citizens Is Good Education Policy
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Teaching Students to Be Thoughtful, Productive Citizens Is Good Education Policy

Legislation designed to objectives of public education passed the legislature today. Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) applauded the action. “Government works when citizens are involved and actively engage in the public policymaking process,” said Texas CSE Director Peggy Venable. Currently, in the list of the objectives of public education, there is no objective addressing the appreciation for the basic values of the state and national heritage, and the appreciation and awareness of the function of a free enterprise society.

05/06/2003
Two CSE Activists Speak At Capitol Hill Rally
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Two CSE Activists Speak At Capitol Hill Rally

Two North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) members participated in a Capitol Hill Rally with House and Senate leaders today to explain how President Bush’s jobs and growth plan will benefit them.

05/06/2003

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