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MI House Narrowly Defeats Tobacco Tax Hike; OKS $266.6 M. in Cuts
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MI House Narrowly Defeats Tobacco Tax Hike; OKS $266.6 M. in Cuts

EXCERPT FROM: REPORT NO. 96, VOLUME 43-- WEDNESDAY, MAY 19 2004 HOUSE DEFEATS TOBACCO TAX HIKE; OKS $266.6 M. IN CUTS The House rejected Governor Jennifer Granholm's proposed 75-cent per pack cigarette tax hike Wednesday and then in a startling move passed $266.6 million in spending cuts - including the Merit Award scholarship, previously a sacred cow in the Republican-led Legislature.

05/21/2004
Why should homebuilders care about Initiative 884?
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Why should homebuilders care about Initiative 884?

Why should homebuilders care about Initiative 884? BIAW’s Senior Officers have voted to oppose Initiative 884 (I-884), a $1 billion tax increase initiative. Sponsored by the League of Education Voters and supported by Governor Locke, I-884 would raise the state’s sales tax by one cent to fund education spending by an extra $1 billion per year.

05/21/2004
It’s a Sweep in Oregon!
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It’s a Sweep in Oregon!

SALEM, OREGON. Tax and spend politicians in Oregon, regardless of political affiliation, are slowly learning their lessons. Under the leadership of Russ Walker, Oregon CSE and Oregon CSE PAC targeted multiple campaigns at the federal and state levels with a goal of reporting the facts to Oregonians about where these candidates stood on critical economic issues. And when the results of yesterday’s primary election came in, the impact of these efforts was readily apparent. Every candidate that supported CSE and our issue agenda won.

05/21/2004
Is Offshoring a Problem for the U.S. Economy?
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Is Offshoring a Problem for the U.S. Economy?

The recent policy debate regarding the American labor force has already found its way into the political posturing of the campaign cycle. The debate is serious: Will offshoring, the practice of outsourcing American service sector jobs to foreign countries, benefit the economy or lower American workers’ wages, hollow out the American job market, and destroy the American service sector? Unfortunately, like many debates in the political world, it has been marred by misinformation and hysteria. Knee-jerk political actions bordering on protectionism that could threaten the growing economy have been proposed. Yet a careful study of the facts shows the hysteria surrounding the effects of offshoring is just that, hysteria.

05/20/2004
Rep. Nelson fends off pair of challengers
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Rep. Nelson fends off pair of challengers

BY DAVID BATES

Yamhill County Republicans threw their support behind Rep. Donna Nelson of McMinnville in Tuesday's primary, sending her off to face Democrat Tim Duerfeldt, a retired high school teacher, for the second time in two years. Nelson, a two-term Republican, fended off two challengers: McMinnville police officer Frank Butler and former Yamhill Mayor Charles Mitchell. Both were motivated in part by grumbling, mostly behind the scenes, that Nelson lacked clout in Salem.

05/20/2004
Taxes expected to talk as November nears
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Taxes expected to talk as November nears

BY DAN HORTSCH and JANIE HAR

Taxpayers' money, a key issue in many Oregon primary races this spring, is likely to play a prominent role again in many legislative campaigns in the general election in November. So, too, might political money.

05/20/2004
Wu, Hooley face tough competition in fall
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Wu, Hooley face tough competition in fall

BY BRAD CAIN

Democratic U.S. Reps. David Wu and Darlene Hooley haven't faced tough re-election campaigns in recent years. That could change this fall, when the two incumbents go up against well-financed Republicans who rode a wave of anti-tax fervor to victory in their GOP primary races. Iranian-born Goli Ameri's victory in Tuesday's primary gives Republicans their best shot in years to knock off Wu and win back the 1st District, which stretches from Portland's western suburbs to the coast.

05/20/2004
Doctor-Run Insurance Will Be Ready by July
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Doctor-Run Insurance Will Be Ready by July

From the Charleston Daily Mail, May 19, 2004, Wednesday

05/19/2004
Holvey fends off challengers to face GOP's Young in fall
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Holvey fends off challengers to face GOP's Young in fall

BY David Steves

SALEM - Oregon's political landscape didn't exactly quake in Tuesday's ho-hum primary, but at least it brought next fall's general election showdowns into sharper focus. It appears that Democratic Secretary of State Bill Bradbury will face Republican challenger Betsy Close, an Albany lawmaker, who led with 52 percent to businessman Fred Granum's 48 percent with partial returns. And the Democrat-vs.-Republican lineups in 77 legislative races are now decided or closer to being settled, as the two parties prepare to fight for control of the House and Senate.

05/19/2004
The Cost of Uncertainty
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The Cost of Uncertainty

©2004 Copley News Service, 5/18/2004 Since enactment of the Bush "supply-side" tax-rate reductions, economic news has been almost singularly positive, despite the fact that we have been fighting a war. For months, the only economic indicator that didn't show conclusive signs of progress was the payroll employment numbers, but now that, too, has changed. During the last three quarters, real GDP has grown at its fastest rate in nearly 20 years - since Ronald Reagan was re-elected in a landslide - growing at an annualized rate of 5.5 percent.

05/18/2004

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