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European Regulators to Impose Punitive "Euro-Tax" on Microsoft
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European Regulators to Impose Punitive "Euro-Tax" on Microsoft

Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) today blasted the European Union for its plan to impose a record $613 million fine against Microsoft. According to press reports, the European Commission is set to announce a series of radical remedies, which will include this huge fine along with an unprecedented level of regulation over the American company’s ability to design its own products.

03/22/2004
Bedford expects big turnout at school board meeting
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Bedford expects big turnout at school board meeting

BY SCOTT DOLAN

BEDFORD — The school board expects such a large turnout at tomorrow’s meeting that officials moved the meeting space to the cafeteria of Peter Woodbury School rather than the usual boardroom in the school administrative building. The anticipated crowd, however, may not get many more answers at the 7 p.m. meeting than when voters earlier this month rejected Article 3, a joint proposal to build a new high school and sign a 20-year tuition contract with Manchester to continue taking Bedford’s high school students in the meantime.

03/22/2004
Palm Beach County CSE Chapter Alert!
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Palm Beach County CSE Chapter Alert!

What is a "STRONG MAYOR"? A County Strong Mayor would have primary responsibility for the administration of County Government. This means one person would have responsibility for all departments and employees including financial administration and preparation of the county budget, oversight of county funds, and would have overall general control of all county government. A "Strong Mayor" would create another layer of government and bureaucracy, adding MORE COSTS TO THE TAXPAYERS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY!

03/19/2004
Palm Beach County CSE Chapter Alert!
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Palm Beach County CSE Chapter Alert!

What is a "STRONG MAYOR"? A County Strong Mayor would have primary responsibility for the administration of County Government. This means one person would have responsibility for all departments and employees including financial administration and preparation of the county budget, oversight of county funds, and would have overall general control of all county government. A "Strong Mayor" would create another layer of government and bureaucracy, adding MORE COSTS TO THE TAXPAYERS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY!

03/19/2004
CSE Disappointed with European Commission for Targeting Microsoft
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CSE Disappointed with European Commission for Targeting Microsoft

Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) is disappointed with the European Commission’s decision to move forward with a ruling that Microsoft is in violation of European antitrust laws. The actions by European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti and the European Commission unfairly target Microsoft and discourage innovation in the high tech sector. Microsoft is being punished for its success in providing the software products that European consumers demand. Despite the fact that there has been no demonstration of consumer harm, negotiations failed this week and a formal ruling against Microsoft is expected next week. The European Commission appears more intent on coddling Microsoft’s competitors rather than considering the interests of European consumers and the concept of regulatory fairness in European markets. The U.S. and Europe need to work on removing barriers to trade, and this ruling is another step backwards.

03/19/2004
CSE Ally Institute for Justice Announces Victory in Michigan
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CSE Ally Institute for Justice Announces Victory in Michigan

Here's the update from the Institute for Justice: The Michigan Court of Appeals today threw out a lawsuit filed by the Michigan Education Association that attempted to punish the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a free-market think tank that accurately quoted the union's president in a fundraising letter. The Court stated that discussion on matters of public interest, such as school choice, should enjoy broad protection under the First Amendment and that there was no evidence the Mackinac Center's letter attempted to mislead its readers into believing the union president endorsed the Center's overall mission. On September 27, 2001, Michigan Education Association (MEA) President Luigi Battaglieri said, ". . . quite frankly, I admire what they [the Mackinac Center] have done over the last couple of years entering into the field as they have and being pretty much the sole provider of research to the community, to the public, to our members, to legislators . . . ." The Mackinac Center then drew from that quote in a letter to its supporters and potential supporters pointing out that even an individual who usually disagrees with the Center has recognized its effectiveness. "This decision is a huge victory for free speech in Michigan and one that will reverberate nationwide," said Clark Neily, an Institute for Justice senior attorney, which is litigating the case pro bono on behalf of Mackinac Center. "The decision is also a vindication of the Mackinac Center's claim that it had every right to inform potential supporters that the president of the Michigan Education Association told a room full of reporters that he admires what the Center has done. The MEA's attempt to enlist the court system in its effort to suppress and censor that news has been firmly rebuffed." In its seven-page opinion, the Court stated, "[W]e conclude that the [Freedom Fund letter] falls squarely within the protection of the First Amendment for discourse on matters of public interest." The Court went on to write, "It is highly unlikely that the recipients of the letter would conclude that Battaglieri was suddenly supportive of Mackinac's positions notwithstanding the longstanding, well-known and sharp differences of opinion between Mackinac and the MEA in the past. Further, the article itself belies such an interpretation by noting that Battaglieri's 'union is generally at odds with the Mackinac Center.'" The Court concluded, "To avoid summary disposition, plaintiffs had to come forward with sufficient evidence to prove actual malice 'by clear and convincing evidence...[which is] a 'heavy burden' far in excess of the preponderance sufficient for most civil litigation.' The record reveals no such evidence here." "We hope the MEA now stops using teachers' dues to fight a losing battle against the First Amendment," said Joseph Lehman, the Mackinac Center's executive vice president. "The court has affirmed our right to quote the MEA's president when he says he admires what the Mackinac Center has done. There is a lesson in this. If you hold a news conference, prepare to be quoted." This was a case being watched by both education reformers and teachers' unions nationwide. "Across the nation, conservative and libertarian think tanks like the Mackinac Center are very effective at implementing educational reforms opposed by the teachers' unions," said Chip Mellor, president and general counsel of the Institute for Justice. "This case was an attempt by the teachers' unions to intimidate not only the Mackinac Center, but also its opponents elsewhere. That is what makes this victory especially important." Neily concluded, "Unlike the Michigan Education Association, the Mackinac Center depends on voluntary contributions for its financial support. This decision makes clear that the Mackinac Center has a perfect right to quote the MEA and its leaders in fundraising materials when they go out of their way to acknowledge the effectiveness of the Center's work, as Mr. Battaglieri did at a press conference two years ago." The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a 16-year-old nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research institute that studies state and local policy questions on topics including education, labor law, fiscal policy, economic development and the environment. The Institute for Justice is a nonprofit public interest law firm that litigates in defense of free speech and other constitutional rights.

03/19/2004
Palm Beach County CSE Chapter Alert!
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Palm Beach County CSE Chapter Alert!

What is a "STRONG MAYOR"? A County Strong Mayor would have primary responsibility for the administration of County Government. This means one person would have responsibility for all departments and employees including financial administration and preparation of the county budget, oversight of county funds, and would have overall general control of all county government. A "Strong Mayor" would create another layer of government and bureaucracy, adding MORE COSTS TO THE TAXPAYERS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY!

03/19/2004
CSE Disappointed with European Commission for Targeting Microsoft
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CSE Disappointed with European Commission for Targeting Microsoft

Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) is disappointed with the European Commission’s decision to move forward with a ruling that Microsoft is in violation of European antitrust laws. The actions by European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti and the European Commission unfairly target Microsoft and discourage innovation in the high tech sector. Microsoft is being punished for its success in providing the software products that European consumers demand. Despite the fact that there has been no demonstration of consumer harm, negotiations failed this week and a formal ruling against Microsoft is expected next week. The European Commission appears more intent on coddling Microsoft’s competitors rather than considering the interests of European consumers and the concept of regulatory fairness in European markets. The U.S. and Europe need to work on removing barriers to trade, and this ruling is another step backwards.

03/19/2004
CSE Ally Institute for Justice Announces Victory in Michigan
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CSE Ally Institute for Justice Announces Victory in Michigan

Here's the update from the Institute for Justice: The Michigan Court of Appeals today threw out a lawsuit filed by the Michigan Education Association that attempted to punish the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a free-market think tank that accurately quoted the union's president in a fundraising letter. The Court stated that discussion on matters of public interest, such as school choice, should enjoy broad protection under the First Amendment and that there was no evidence the Mackinac Center's letter attempted to mislead its readers into believing the union president endorsed the Center's overall mission. On September 27, 2001, Michigan Education Association (MEA) President Luigi Battaglieri said, ". . . quite frankly, I admire what they [the Mackinac Center] have done over the last couple of years entering into the field as they have and being pretty much the sole provider of research to the community, to the public, to our members, to legislators . . . ." The Mackinac Center then drew from that quote in a letter to its supporters and potential supporters pointing out that even an individual who usually disagrees with the Center has recognized its effectiveness. "This decision is a huge victory for free speech in Michigan and one that will reverberate nationwide," said Clark Neily, an Institute for Justice senior attorney, which is litigating the case pro bono on behalf of Mackinac Center. "The decision is also a vindication of the Mackinac Center's claim that it had every right to inform potential supporters that the president of the Michigan Education Association told a room full of reporters that he admires what the Center has done. The MEA's attempt to enlist the court system in its effort to suppress and censor that news has been firmly rebuffed." In its seven-page opinion, the Court stated, "[W]e conclude that the [Freedom Fund letter] falls squarely within the protection of the First Amendment for discourse on matters of public interest." The Court went on to write, "It is highly unlikely that the recipients of the letter would conclude that Battaglieri was suddenly supportive of Mackinac's positions notwithstanding the longstanding, well-known and sharp differences of opinion between Mackinac and the MEA in the past. Further, the article itself belies such an interpretation by noting that Battaglieri's 'union is generally at odds with the Mackinac Center.'" The Court concluded, "To avoid summary disposition, plaintiffs had to come forward with sufficient evidence to prove actual malice 'by clear and convincing evidence...[which is] a 'heavy burden' far in excess of the preponderance sufficient for most civil litigation.' The record reveals no such evidence here." "We hope the MEA now stops using teachers' dues to fight a losing battle against the First Amendment," said Joseph Lehman, the Mackinac Center's executive vice president. "The court has affirmed our right to quote the MEA's president when he says he admires what the Mackinac Center has done. There is a lesson in this. If you hold a news conference, prepare to be quoted." This was a case being watched by both education reformers and teachers' unions nationwide. "Across the nation, conservative and libertarian think tanks like the Mackinac Center are very effective at implementing educational reforms opposed by the teachers' unions," said Chip Mellor, president and general counsel of the Institute for Justice. "This case was an attempt by the teachers' unions to intimidate not only the Mackinac Center, but also its opponents elsewhere. That is what makes this victory especially important." Neily concluded, "Unlike the Michigan Education Association, the Mackinac Center depends on voluntary contributions for its financial support. This decision makes clear that the Mackinac Center has a perfect right to quote the MEA and its leaders in fundraising materials when they go out of their way to acknowledge the effectiveness of the Center's work, as Mr. Battaglieri did at a press conference two years ago." The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a 16-year-old nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research institute that studies state and local policy questions on topics including education, labor law, fiscal policy, economic development and the environment. The Institute for Justice is a nonprofit public interest law firm that litigates in defense of free speech and other constitutional rights.

03/19/2004
Palm Beach County CSE Chapter Alert!
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Palm Beach County CSE Chapter Alert!

What is a "STRONG MAYOR"? A County Strong Mayor would have primary responsibility for the administration of County Government. This means one person would have responsibility for all departments and employees including financial administration and preparation of the county budget, oversight of county funds, and would have overall general control of all county government. A "Strong Mayor" would create another layer of government and bureaucracy, adding MORE COSTS TO THE TAXPAYERS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY!

03/19/2004

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