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Republican Forum Aims to Educate Oregon State U. Students on Tax Cuts
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Republican Forum Aims to Educate Oregon State U. Students on Tax Cuts

BY Courtney Cross

In hopes of informing the public on president George W. Bush's tax plan, the Oregon State University College Republicans held a forum Wednesday in MU 213. Bush's tax-cut plan, which was submitted to Congress Tuesday night, is an attempt to return money to taxpayers over a period of 10 years. Russ Walker, director of the Citizens for a Sound Economy, discussed the tax cut and how he feels it would improve our economy. "America has not had a major tax cut since 1981," Walker said. "Since then we have had five major tax increases."

03/02/2001
Analysis: Bush Tax Proposal
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Analysis: Bush Tax Proposal

BY Peter Roff

The rhetorical battle over George W. Bush's tax cut plan escalated Thursday morning. Groups for and against the plan held news conferences within an hour of each other on the same floor of the National Press Building in Washington, D.C.

03/02/2001
The Second Annual CSE Day at the Capitol
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The Second Annual CSE Day at the Capitol

Olympia - On February 19th, over 250 Washington CSE activists converged in Olympia for the Second Annual Washington CSE Day at the Capitol. Following the mantra of "We Want Less," Washington CSE grassroots activists encouraged legislators to support tax cuts and less government regulation.

03/02/2001
Bush's Education Secretary Visits Silicon Valley
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Bush's Education Secretary Visits Silicon Valley

As printed online by the San Jose Mercury News, 03/01/2001 New Education Secretary Roderick Paige carried President Bush's schools plan to Silicon Valley on Wednesday, telling a Santa Clara audience of business and high-tech leaders the administration is steadfastly committed to some controversial goals. Among them: high standards for all students, and an expanding role for private business -- including private schools -- in public education.

03/01/2001
I Want My iTV
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I Want My iTV

At a recent Tech Net Conference, venture capitalist Floyd Kvamme decried the "multiple digital divides" caused by the paucity of broadband, which is only available in an estimated 5 percent of American households. This is a lamentable situation and one that stalls development in other high-tech sectors. For the past three years, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has publicly stated that the dearth of broadband is the "biggest bottleneck to where we’d like to take the PC." The unavailability of broadband slows sales growth and investment in semiconductors, software applications, and convergence technologies.

03/01/2001
Federal Trade Commission Confirms Price Gouging Not to Blame for High Gas Prices
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Federal Trade Commission Confirms Price Gouging Not to Blame for High Gas Prices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) confirmed on February 26 that so-called "price gouging" by petroleum producers was not to blame for the skyrocketing gasoline prices that plagued much of the country - in particular the Midwest - last summer. In a letter to Congress, the FTC wrote that they had "uncovered no evidence of tacit or explicit collusion among market participants."

03/01/2001
Bipartisan Group of Representatives Re-Introduces Resolution to End Softwood Lumber Agreement
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Bipartisan Group of Representatives Re-Introduces Resolution to End Softwood Lumber Agreement

Forty-nine members of Congress, led by Congressmen Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) and Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), today, introduced a concurrent resolution calling for the end of the U.S./Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement of 1996 (SLA) when it expires on April 1 of this year. The House Concurrent Resolution (bill number to be assigned later today) calls for the termination of the SLA "with no extension or further quota agreement." It is patterned after a similar resolution introduced in the last session of Congress, which gained 119 House sponsors. The SLA was signed in 1996 to restrict lumber shipments from Canada to the U.S. It is opposed by a growing list of consumer groups, trade organizations, and companies. Opponents have formed an ad-hoc alliance, American Consumers for Affordable Homes (ACAH), which represents more than 95 percent of U.S. softwood consumption. Industries that depend on lumber as an input and that oppose import restrictions include: manufacturers of value-added wood products, lumber dealers, home builders and remodeling contractors. These industries employ more than 6.5 million workers. Congressmen Kolbe and Hoyer, the resolution's chief sponsors, charged that the SLA is hurting Americans who are seeking to enter the housing market. "The Softwood Lumber Agreement has had an adverse impact on the U.S. economy," Kolbe said. "While it panders to a few special interests, it is devastating to consumers, particularly, young American families trying to purchase their first home. By restricting the supply of finished lumber, it artificially and unnecessarily raises the average cost of a new home by up to $1,000. For many young couples starting a new family, that can be the difference between being able or unable to make a down payment on a home or qualify for a home mortgage." With the $1,000 price increase, approximately 300,000 families, an estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, are unable to qualify for a mortgage, preventing then from buying their first home. "The U.S. Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement of 1996 was intended to provide free trade, however it apparently has had the opposite effect, said Representative Hoyer. This agreement is directly affecting consumers by increasing marketplace volatility for consumers of lumber products," Hoyer went on to say. In addition to the House action, a bipartisan group of U. S. Senators introduced Senate Con. Res. 4 two weeks ago, calling for termination of the SLA.

02/28/2001
Hang Tough on School Standards
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Hang Tough on School Standards

President Bush has made education his administration's No. 1 priority for a good reason: Americans remain deeply worried about their schools. The topic of education -- and raising academic standards -- is ubiquitous. In poll after poll, the public lists it as a top concern. While the media run daily stories about struggling schools, states have responded with a deluge of legislation. The White House now aims to follow suit with a wave of new accountability checkpoints.

02/28/2001
3,100 State Layoffs Feared
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3,100 State Layoffs Feared

BY Jonathan Roos and Lynn Okamoto

Budget cuts being considered by the Iowa Legislature could trigger layoffs of more than 3,100 state workers and force parts of state government to shut down for several weeks this spring, advisers to Gov. Tom Vilsack warned Monday. Cynthia Eisenhauer, director of the Department of Management, told lawmakers that proposed cuts of $35 million so late in the fiscal year could force the layoff of 334 of the 346 workers in the Department of Human Services' central office in Des Moines.

02/27/2001
Rules of the Road: Europe Buckles Down
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Rules of the Road: Europe Buckles Down

BY Jaret Seiberg and Shanon D. Murray

EC tightens merger reviews Europe's top antitrust official, Mario Monti, announced plans Tuesday to set up a special unit within the European Commission for regulating concessions in merger reviews. Monti, the European Commissioner for Competition, said the unit will operate under the EC's merger task force, the team of antitrust officials responsible for reviewing mergers. "What we want is this special unit to look at remedies and to make sure they're actually being implemented," he said in a speech at the European Parliament in Brussels.

02/27/2001

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