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White House Increases Competition for Contracts;
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White House Increases Competition for Contracts;

Today, Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) praised the Bush administration for improving the process through which private companies compete to provide commercial services to the public. Federal agencies currently employ both public and private sector resources to perform a variety of commercial services -- services like computer support, collecting fees at National Parks, and landscaping to name a few. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced several reforms today, resulting from a two-year effort to shorten the contract competition process and to make it simpler and fairer. These reforms mean that taxpayers will get more bang for their buck from public services. According to OMB Director Mitch Daniels, introducing fair competition can save taxpayers an average of 30 percent. CSE Chief Economist Dr. Wayne Brough made the following statement: "The changes mean taxpayers will pay less for better services. "As in any market, competition generates lower prices and improved services. The government should incorporate competitive practices wherever practical. Providing goods or services to the government should be subject to the same competitive forces that operate everywhere. Competition in the marketplace should determine winners and losers, based on the ability to meet the government's needs at the lowest price. At the same time, competition reduces the government's ability to play favorites when granting contracts. Price and quality should drive the decisions, not politics and favoritism."

05/29/2003
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
Press Conference to Outline
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Press Conference to Outline

News Advisory: WHO: Stephen Flaherty, Citizens for a Sound Economy (Washington, D.C.) -- Ronald L. Trowbridge, Ph.D., president, Maine Heritage Policy Center (Portland, Maine) -- Maine State Legislators WHAT: Press conference to support President Bush's Jobs and Growth Plan, including full repeal of the dividend double tax. Speakers will outline how the plan benefits Maine citizens. WHAT: Hall of Flags State House Building Augusta, Maine WHEN: Thursday, May 1 9 a.m. Citizens for a Sound Economy is a non-partisan grassroots group dedicated to lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. It was founded in 1984 and now has 280,000 members nationwide. Web site: http://www.cse.org. The Maine Heritage Policy Center is a research and educational organization whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise; limited, constitutional government; individual freedom; and traditional American values -- all for the purpose of providing public policy solutions that benefit the people of Maine.

04/29/2003
Ohio Agrees: It's Time to "Ax the Double Tax";
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Ohio Agrees: It's Time to "Ax the Double Tax";

When the wheels of Air Force One touch down at Akron-Canton Regional Airport on Thursday morning, there will be a groundswell of grassroots support across Ohio in support of the President's plan to end the double taxation of dividend income. Five grassroots groups, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Citizens Against Government Waste, the National Taxpayers Union, 60 Plus Association, and the Seniors Coalition, are actively coordinating their activities in support of the President's tax cut plan. All combined, these groups have tens of thousands of members in the state of Ohio and form an informal coalition working to "Ax the Double Tax." As part of this coordinated effort, at 11 AM while the President meets with Ohio workers Thursday morning, Ohio citizens will converge on the Cleveland offices of Senator George Voinovich to rally for full and complete repeal of the dividend tax. CSE President Paul Becker said: "The Buckeye state wants to send a message to Senator Voinovich that it is critical to get real tax relief through the Senate. Full repeal of the dividend tax is the centerpiece of the President's tax relief proposal, and it will bring real benefits to the Ohio economy. "The Cleveland 'Ax the Double Tax' rally is part of an all-out effort by five different grassroots groups to promote the plan to get full repeal of the dividend tax. The President is focused on enacting tax relief to create jobs and get the economy moving again, and that issue is also the first priority for all of our members. We're working hard to get Senator Voinovich to support at least $550 billion in tax relief in the budget this year, and to support full repeal of the dividend tax."

04/23/2003
Statement by CSE President Paul Beckner on Madison County Circuit Court Decision in Philip Morris vs. Miles, et al
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Statement by CSE President Paul Beckner on Madison County Circuit Court Decision in Philip Morris vs. Miles, et al

Following is a statement by CSE President Paul Beckner on the Madison County Circuit Court Decision in the case of Philip Morris vs. Miles, et al: "This is nothing more than another hand out to a group of greedy trial lawyers who make a living by exploiting the legal system in order to line their pockets. This is exactly the kind of frivolous lawsuit that hurts American pocketbooks and American businesses and perverts our legal system. "A group of trial lawyers took a claim with absolutely no legal merit and found a known 'plaintiff-friendly' court that was almost certain to rule in their favor. "Suing tobacco companies has become a cash cow for trial lawyers and states. These lawyers hit the jackpot in Madison County, where class action filings have increased nearly 1,850 percent over the last few years. The plaintiff attorneys in this case stand to collect almost $1.8 billion in fees. The state of Illinois will receive $3 billion in punitive damages."

03/25/2003
What Does America Actually Think About President's Economic Plan?
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What Does America Actually Think About President's Economic Plan?

Brenna Hapes of Citizens for a Sound Economy, 202-942-7629 News Advisory Featured Speakers: Ed Goeas, President The Tarrance Group Paul Beckner, President Citizens for a Sound Economy WHEN: Friday, March 21, 2003 12:30-1:30 pm 1302 Longworth House Office Building Good sandwiches will be served Do voters in your state support the president's economic growth plan? How can President Bush win on the repeal of the dividend tax? What should your Member be doing today to get ready for a high profile tax cut vote this spring? We've got answers. Join us to hear top GOP pollster Ed Goeas explain the political environment surrounding tax cuts, based on two recent CSE/Tarrance Group nationwide surveys of registered voters. We've tested voter opinion on the economy, Congress, and all of the individual elements of the president's plan. This is the only polling done on the President's plan. Discover what messaging works, and how to position the issue going into April and May. You can't afford to miss this briefing!

03/18/2003
Corr To Perry: Need To Stand Up For Kids
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Corr To Perry: Need To Stand Up For Kids

We are disappointed that one of Texas Governor Rick Perry's first acts after his re-election was the appointment of former tobacco industry lobbyist Mike Toomey as chief of staff in his administration. We hope the Governor will not let the past employment of his top aide cloud his judgment on important issues facing the state. These issues include raising the tax on tobacco products to help reduce both the state's budget deficit and its smoking rate, increasing funding for tobacco prevention programs, and resisting calls to sell the state's tobacco settlement revenues to Wall Street for a fraction of their value. Governor Perry and other Texas leaders should reject the special interests of the tobacco industry and act to protect Texas' kids and health instead. It is unfortunate that Governor Perry has chosen as his top aide a former lobbyist for Philip Morris, the world's largest tobacco company and the manufacturer of Marlboro, the most popular brand among youth smokers. In fact, more kids -- 55.2 percent of all smokers ages 12 to 17 -- smoke Philip Morris's Marlboro than all other brands combined, according to the 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. Big Tobacco has consistently opposed higher tobacco taxes. Last June, public health advocates welcomed a proposal by state Senators Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, and Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, to increase Texas' cigarette tax by $1.00 from 41 cents to $1.41. The proposed cigarette tax increase is a win-win-win solution for Texas. It's a health win that will reduce smoking among both kids and adults and save lives by reducing tobacco-caused disease. It's a financial win that will raise much-needed revenue to help balance the state budget. And, it's a political win for Texas legislators because 70 percent of Texas voters supported a $1.00 increase of the tax in a poll earlier this year. In short, increasing the cigarette tax is one of the most important public health measures Texas' leaders can enact. Despite this, the tobacco industry-supported group Citizens For a Sound Economy has actively fought the proposal. Governor Perry should act to reduce tobacco's toll in Texas by increasing funding for tobacco prevention. 28.1 percent of Texas youth currently smoke, and 59,600 more kids become regular, daily smokers every year, one-third of whom will die prematurely. Smoking-caused health care expenses and productivity losses cost Texas $10 billion a year. By fully funding a tobacco prevention program in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas can reduce this terrible toll and save up to $3 in health care costs related to tobacco-caused disease for every dollar it spends on tobacco prevention. Governor Perry should also reject the Texas Business Association's proposal to securitize all of the state's tobacco settlement. Selling 25 years worth of settlement payments for a smaller up-front payment is a raw deal for kids and taxpayers. This proposal would make it virtually impossible for the state to adequately fund a comprehensive tobacco prevention program in the future. It is a nearsighted approach to the state's budget crunch that will cost taxpayers more in the end. To fix the state's budget gap, Texas leaders should instead enact a higher cigarette tax.

11/19/2002
Microsoft Demonstrates That It's Ready to End the Antitrust Case
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Microsoft Demonstrates That It's Ready to End the Antitrust Case

Today's decision by Microsoft Corporation to release portions of computer code that comprise its Windows operating system, demonstrates the company's willingness to comply with the settlement reached with the U.S. Department of Justice and nine state attorneys general. CSE Vice President for Federal and State Affairs, Erick Gustafson, issued the following statement: "Microsoft's announcement to release previously undisclosed computer programming code of its successful Windows operating system, pursuant to the settlement reached in November of 2001, is an affirmative sign that the company is complying with the arrangement and is ready to move on from the 50 month old case. "Moreover, the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) issued a 'Microsoft Consent Decree Compliance Advisory' to solicit comments as to whether the third-party licenses Microsoft is scheduled to make available on August 6, 2002 comply with the decree. Since the DoJ's action will allow Microsoft's most fierce competitors -- AOL, Sun, Oracle and others -- to use this opportunity to further their own self-interests, it is imperative that real consumers have a voice as well. CSE expects many of its members and other interested parties to voice their opinion as they have throughout this case."

08/05/2002
Groups Support Texas Supreme Court Priscilla Owen Nomination to Fifth Circuit
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Groups Support Texas Supreme Court Priscilla Owen Nomination to Fifth Circuit

A diverse collection of individuals and groups will hold a press conference on the steps of the Texas Supreme Court Building, on Monday, July 15, at 10 a.m. They will announce their unanimous support for the nomination of President George W. Bush of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Those announcing their support are: Texas Justice Foundation; Free Market Foundation; Liberty Legal Institute; Becky Farrar, Concerned Women for America/Texas; Cathie Adams, President of Texas Eagle Forum; Tim Lambert, President of Texas Home School Coalition; Texas Christian Coalition; Mark Levin, Young Conservatives of Texas; and Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy. These groups will announce that they concur in the judgment of the American Bar Association and President Bush that Justice Owen is a "highly qualified" candidate for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. While not agreeing with every decision Justice Owen has ever rendered, these groups agree with the people of Texas who have elected her to the Texas Supreme Court that she is a highly qualified, independent mainstream justice. The groups will also announce their condemnation of liberal special interests groups who oppose her nomination. Texas Justice Foundation CEO & Founder, Allan E. Parker, stated: "The liberal special interest groups who oppose Justice Owen are demonstrating that they are out of touch with mainstream Texans and have no respect for the people of Texas. Justice Owen has been endorsed by the people of Texas and the majority of newspaper editors in this State as a highly qualified Justice. To say that she is not qualified is an attack on the judgment of the people of Texas." The Senate and the Senate Democrats should respect the will of the people of Texas and their judgment as to judicial qualifications. These non-partisan groups support high quality judges like Ms. Owen, no matter what party affiliation. For instance, each of the groups would strongly support former Texas Supreme Court Justice Raul Gonzalez, a Democrat, for either the Fifth Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court. "The fact that the extreme left has set its sights on such a fair and qualified judge as Justice Owen demonstrates the depths to which the confirmation process has sunk. There is no basis for their attacks," said Shackelford, chief counsel for the Liberty Legal Institute. "Apparently, instead of judicial qualifications, the only qualification that the extreme left demands in a judge is mindless adherence to their left-wing activist agenda. If the Senate begins rejecting judges of Justice Owen's caliber, the confirmation process will be reduced to a game of raw political power, permanently damaging our system of justice," said Shackelford.

07/15/2002
American Consumers for Affordable Homes to Hold Media Briefing at Legislative Conference
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American Consumers for Affordable Homes to Hold Media Briefing at Legislative Conference

News Advisory: American Consumers for Affordable Homes, an ad hoc alliance of 17 U.S. national organizations and businesses, will hold a media briefing at the National Lumber and Building Material Dealer's Association Legislative Conference. When: Tuesday, April 23, 9:15-9:45 a.m. Where: Marriott Metro Center Washington, D.C. London II room mult box provided

04/22/2002

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