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SEC Can Avert a Great Leap Backward

Part of Arthur Levitt’s legacy as the longest-serving chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission is a decision punted to his successor. Later this year, the commission will get to decide whether to impose old-fashioned utility regulation on a government-protected data monopoly.

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SEC Can Avert a Great Leap Backward

Part of Arthur Levitt’s legacy as the longest-serving chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission is a decision punted to his successor. Later this year, the commission will get to decide whether to impose old-fashioned utility regulation on a government-protected data monopoly.

02/20/2001
No Taxes to Fix Shortfall

Gov. Mike Easley began his term under a difficult budget crisis, and as the new projections arrive, things continue to get worse. I would like to commend the governor for his handling of the budget crisis thus far. It did not take us long to see that increasing revenue by 2 percent while trying to increase spending by 8 percent does not work. Some leaders are looking for someone to blame. Now is not the time to look for fault - let's just solve the problem and take the necessary steps to insure this will not happen again.

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No Taxes to Fix Shortfall

BY Chuck Fuller

Gov. Mike Easley began his term under a difficult budget crisis, and as the new projections arrive, things continue to get worse. I would like to commend the governor for his handling of the budget crisis thus far. It did not take us long to see that increasing revenue by 2 percent while trying to increase spending by 8 percent does not work. Some leaders are looking for someone to blame. Now is not the time to look for fault - let's just solve the problem and take the necessary steps to insure this will not happen again.

02/19/2001
Washington CSE Environmental Legislative Alert

Shoreline Regulations Threaten Property Rights State Controls. Last year, the Department of Ecology (DOE) issued new regulations controlling land use within 200 feet of rivers, lakes, wetlands, and the Pacific coast. The new regulations replace existing rules enacted in 1972.

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Washington CSE Environmental Legislative Alert

Shoreline Regulations Threaten Property Rights State Controls. Last year, the Department of Ecology (DOE) issued new regulations controlling land use within 200 feet of rivers, lakes, wetlands, and the Pacific coast. The new regulations replace existing rules enacted in 1972.

02/19/2001
Capitol Comment 152 - Congress Can't Help Uninsured Kids If it Doesn't Understand Them

As I understand it, there's almost 14 million children uninsured today. -- Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD), January 9, 1997 We have called this news conference today to announce that it is Democrats' number one health priority this year to reverse those trends by guaranteeing access to health care for those 10.5 million children who currently lack coverage. -- Sen. Daschle, January 16, 1997

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Capitol Comment 152 - Congress Can't Help Uninsured Kids If it Doesn't Understand Them

As I understand it, there's almost 14 million children uninsured today. -- Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD), January 9, 1997 We have called this news conference today to announce that it is Democrats' number one health priority this year to reverse those trends by guaranteeing access to health care for those 10.5 million children who currently lack coverage. -- Sen. Daschle, January 16, 1997

02/18/2001
Legislature: Lawmakers Air Latest Gripe On Border Taxation

OLYMPIA -- Folks here sniff and call them "letters to Santa Claus" memorial bills approved by the Legislature that lack teeth, but send a wistful message to the U.S. President, Congress or officials in other states. How fitting that, as fresh snow fell Friday on the Capitol, Clark County lawmakers fired off their latest complaint against Oregon income taxes levied on Washington residents. All six House members from the 17th, 18th and 49th legislative districts, plus two other Oregon-border lawmakers, have sponsored House Joint Memorials 4009 and 4010.

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Legislature: Lawmakers Air Latest Gripe On Border Taxation

BY Howard Buck

OLYMPIA -- Folks here sniff and call them "letters to Santa Claus" memorial bills approved by the Legislature that lack teeth, but send a wistful message to the U.S. President, Congress or officials in other states. How fitting that, as fresh snow fell Friday on the Capitol, Clark County lawmakers fired off their latest complaint against Oregon income taxes levied on Washington residents. All six House members from the 17th, 18th and 49th legislative districts, plus two other Oregon-border lawmakers, have sponsored House Joint Memorials 4009 and 4010.

02/17/2001
Citizens Group Slams Sound Transit’s Plan to Profit From Property Theft

Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) today denounced Sound Transit’s plan to generate $95 million in profits from re-selling property confiscated to build the Link light rail system. The $95 million would be used to help offset a 50 percent increase in costs for the light rail project. Said CSE Washington State Director Gary Strannigan, "Sound Transit’s clear abuse of condemnation authority to pay for its own mismanagement is outright theft.

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Citizens Group Slams Sound Transit’s Plan to Profit From Property Theft

Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) today denounced Sound Transit’s plan to generate $95 million in profits from re-selling property confiscated to build the Link light rail system. The $95 million would be used to help offset a 50 percent increase in costs for the light rail project. Said CSE Washington State Director Gary Strannigan, "Sound Transit’s clear abuse of condemnation authority to pay for its own mismanagement is outright theft.

02/16/2001
CSE's Tax Cut Powerpoint Presentation

CSE staff have used the following presentation at numerous events across the nation to educate activists on the Proposed Bush Tax Cut. Enititled, "Why America Needs a Tax Cut," the presentation provides information on Across the Board Tax Relief, the Death tax, and The Marriage Penalty. You can view the Powerpoint slide presentation by following the link below. If your browser doesn't allow you to view powerpoint (.ppt) files, you can download the free Powerpoint viewer from Microsoft.

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CSE's Tax Cut Powerpoint Presentation

CSE staff have used the following presentation at numerous events across the nation to educate activists on the Proposed Bush Tax Cut. Enititled, "Why America Needs a Tax Cut," the presentation provides information on Across the Board Tax Relief, the Death tax, and The Marriage Penalty. You can view the Powerpoint slide presentation by following the link below. If your browser doesn't allow you to view powerpoint (.ppt) files, you can download the free Powerpoint viewer from Microsoft.

02/16/2001
Halfway-House Bill Still on Table

Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos' attempt to keep halfway houses for sex offenders at least 1,000 feet from schools and day-care centers stalled briefly Wednesday. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee left the bill pending after several senators expressed concerns that halfway houses in their districts would be forced to close if Senate Bill 107 becomes law. The committee is expected to look for a compromise . Barrientos filed Senate Bill 107 after it was discovered last year that state parole officials had contracted with a private company to keep sex offenders, the majority of them convicted of sex crimes against children, in a halfway house across from a Del Valle school. State parole officials usually require facilities for sex offenders to be at least 500 feet but had waived that requirement. -- Laylan Copelin

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Halfway-House Bill Still on Table

BY Gary Susswein, Gaiutra Bahadur, Dave McNeely

Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos' attempt to keep halfway houses for sex offenders at least 1,000 feet from schools and day-care centers stalled briefly Wednesday. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee left the bill pending after several senators expressed concerns that halfway houses in their districts would be forced to close if Senate Bill 107 becomes law. The committee is expected to look for a compromise . Barrientos filed Senate Bill 107 after it was discovered last year that state parole officials had contracted with a private company to keep sex offenders, the majority of them convicted of sex crimes against children, in a halfway house across from a Del Valle school. State parole officials usually require facilities for sex offenders to be at least 500 feet but had waived that requirement. -- Laylan Copelin

02/15/2001
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: The Fall of Napster

Once again, it appears that the death knell has sounded for Napster, the popular Internet music-sharing service that boasts 50 million users. Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the site must shut down pending a full copyright infringement trial. By soundly rejecting Napster’s legal arguments, the court rigorously reinforced the role copyright in the digital world.

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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: The Fall of Napster

Once again, it appears that the death knell has sounded for Napster, the popular Internet music-sharing service that boasts 50 million users. Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the site must shut down pending a full copyright infringement trial. By soundly rejecting Napster’s legal arguments, the court rigorously reinforced the role copyright in the digital world.

02/14/2001
Locke Praised for Fiscal Policy

''What we like most isn't so much what he's done as it is that he's been respectful of the voters' desire to cut spending.'' Stephen Slivinski, fiscal policy analyst By Richard Roesler Staff writer OLYMPIA - Largely because Washington voters years ago tied the state's purse strings with a spending cap, Gov. Gary Locke was named Monday as one of the nation's most tightfisted governors.

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Locke Praised for Fiscal Policy

''What we like most isn't so much what he's done as it is that he's been respectful of the voters' desire to cut spending.'' Stephen Slivinski, fiscal policy analyst By Richard Roesler Staff writer OLYMPIA - Largely because Washington voters years ago tied the state's purse strings with a spending cap, Gov. Gary Locke was named Monday as one of the nation's most tightfisted governors.

02/13/2001

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