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Locke Praised for Fiscal Policy
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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
Renewing the Power Supply
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Renewing the Power Supply

Copley News Service, 02/13/2001 California Gov. Gray Davis and the state's Democratic legislature are starting to seize control of the energy industry in order to ''manage'' the state's power crisis, but Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein has a better idea. According to Investors Business Daily, she wants expedited permitting for new power plants and true market pricing. As the senator points out, ''Absent that, there is no incentive to conserve.'' To which I would add, there's no incentive to increase supply, either.

02/13/2001
Regulatory Management
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Regulatory Management

BY Carlotta Joyner

02/12/2001
What Does Greenspan Know?
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What Does Greenspan Know?

What does Mr. Greenspan know? Despite the intensive coverage given to his recent actions as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, a key component of his analysis has hardly received mention. Specifically, the fact that the high-tech economy will likely continue to foster wealth creation and economic growth because of historically high productivity gains.

02/12/2001
Iowa CSE Director Sounds Off in Effort to Repeal Federal Excise Tax
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Iowa CSE Director Sounds Off in Effort to Repeal Federal Excise Tax

Letters to the Editor Repeal excise tax on telecommunications 02/10/2001

02/12/2001
CSE Urges Congress to Avoid Information Regulation
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CSE Urges Congress to Avoid Information Regulation

Several members of the National Consumer Coalition's (NCC) Privacy Group today expressed concern at the rush to endorse the Federal Trade Commission's so-called "Fair Information Practice Principles" ("FIPPs"). Lawmakers who pledge fidelity to this agenda are essentially promising to limit consumer choice and the free flow of information and to regulate the burgeoning Internet economy, passing costs on to consumers.

02/12/2001
NCC's Privacy Group Cautions Against Hasty Pledges That May Harm Consumers
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NCC's Privacy Group Cautions Against Hasty Pledges That May Harm Consumers

Several members of the National Consumer Coalition's (NCC) Privacy Group today expressed concern at the rush to endorse the Federal Trade Commission's so-called "Fair Information Practice Principles" ("FIPPs"). Lawmakers who pledge fidelity to this agenda are essentially promising to limit consumer choice and the free flow of information and to regulate the burgeoning Internet economy, passing costs on to consumers. The FIPPs, as well as a call for federal information regulation is encompassed in a "Privacy Pledge" distributed today by groups calling themselves The Privacy Coalition. The NCC members believe signing this pledge would be a mistake, and cite some of the problems with the "Fair Information Practices" concepts: "Notice": Requiring Web sites to post a privacy policy concerning how information is collected and used is, at best, unnecessary. Consumers concerned about their privacy can and do already choose to avoid sites that don't post this information. Producing the required legalese, meanwhile, would impose high costs on online vendors, which would either pass costs on to consumers, or in the case of smaller businesses, price them out of the market, thereby reducing consumer choice. "Consent": Decreeing that customers must be able to "opt-out" or must affirmatively "opt-in" to information collection practices also places cost burdens which are passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices and fewer choices. Consumers already can and should choose with whom they want to share personal information online. "Access" and "Security": Forcing commercial sites to allow customers access to the information collected about them and the opportunity to change, correct or delete that information would be complicated and costly to merchants and consumers alike. Just as troubling is that access and a fourth principle, security, are at odds. Requiring companies to keep accessible personal information about consumers online leaves the information that much more susceptible to dissemination via both error and hacker. The federal government can best protect individual and consumer privacy by keeping a tight rein on its own extensive surveillance and information-swapping practices, and by forsaking the temptation to mandate further collection of consumer information by a national Internet sales-tax scheme or other means. Consumers particularly concerned about privacy can and should make use of free and pay services to anonymize their online activities and stay abreast of the policies of Web sites with which they choose to do business (the P3P standards set to go online later this year should make this even easier). The National Consumer Coalition trusts consumers, not Congress, to decide for themselves which privacy practices best serve their individualized needs. The only thing federal dictats can do for consumers is raise costs and limit choice. Citizen, consumer, and policy groups of the NCC Privacy Group: -- Citizens Against Government Waste (www.cagw.org) -- Citizens for a Sound Economy (www.cse.org) -- Competitive Enterprise Institute (www.cei.org) -- Consumer Alert (www.consumeralert.org)

02/11/2001
Jack Kemp Delivers Major Address on America's Economic Future at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
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Jack Kemp Delivers Major Address on America's Economic Future at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

SIMI VALLEY, CA. Today, Empower America co-director Jack Kemp delivered a speech at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on the economic outlook for 2001 and beyond. In a speech entitled, "Economic Growth: A Charge To Keep," at a conference sponsored by The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Investors Business Daily, Kemp outlined the principles that became the foundation for Ronald Reagan’s success and how to practically apply them today to ensure economic prosperity for years to come.

02/09/2001
Western Governors Fail to Learn From Bad Example
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Western Governors Fail to Learn From Bad Example

As most Americans know by now, California is in the throes of a power crisis. Sky-high prices and rolling blackouts have made California’s once-roaring high-tech economy seem like a third-world basket case. There is an old saying that no one is totally useless, they can always serve as a bad example. Failing to learn from California’s bad example, a slew of western governors, facing energy challenges of their own, seem eager to import chaos into their own states.

02/09/2001
America’s Record Trade Deficit
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America’s Record Trade Deficit

ABSTRACT FROM CATO

02/09/2001

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