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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.

05/30/2003
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
Fighting the Last Monetary War
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Fighting the Last Monetary War

©2003 Copley News Service, 5/27/2003 While in Europe over the Memorial Day weekend, where we celebrated the liberation of Holland and the D-Day landing at Normandy, I noticed many newspaper headlines bemoaning the specter of deflation hanging over the European economy.

05/27/2003
Texas CSE Wonders: Where are the Chicken Ds?
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Texas CSE Wonders: Where are the Chicken Ds?

This month, Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) stormed the State Capitol to demand that the 53 Democratic legislators who packed their bags and left the state get back to work. The “Chicken Ds” abdicated their jobs in an effort to block state House Republicans from sending any legislation to Senate this session. Under state law, there must a quorum, or 100 of 150 legislators, on the floor before any business can be conducted. With the deadline for sending bills to the Senate looming, Texas CSE activists rallied to urge the Chicken Ds to return to the jobs they were elected to do.

05/22/2003
The House of Bloat
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The House of Bloat

Perhaps it is fitting that the House Administration Committee would wait until the day last week when White House Budget Director Mitch Daniels resigned to release its new spending plan. Daniels is an impassioned believer in fiscal discipline, and was known around policy circles as “The Blade” for his knife-edged approach to fat budgets and Congressional negotiators. The big spenders in Congress disliked Daniels and his tough approach, his departure is another sign that spending restraint has collapsed in Washington.

05/13/2003
Stop Governor Rendell from Taking More of Your Money!
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Stop Governor Rendell from Taking More of Your Money!

The battle over Pennsylvania’s budget continues this week as Governor Rendell and state legislators have yet to come to an agreement. Pennsylvania lawmakers rightly rejected the governor’s initial budget, part of his “Plan for a New Pennsylvania” in March and so far the state is without a real budget.

04/29/2003
GOP Fractures Over Budget Resolution
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GOP Fractures Over Budget Resolution

Medical dictionaries define a fracture as "…an injury, a break in a bone that develops because of repeated or prolonged forces against the bone." Fractures can occur in politics, too. In Washington, the steady injurious force is the Senate's desire to spend ever more money, and the result is a new break between House and Senate Republicans. When GOP leaders return to Washington they may face a difficult time repairing damaged relationships resulting from Senate Republicans' new budget deal.

04/15/2003
This Week on Capitol Hill
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This Week on Capitol Hill

With two days left until Congress adjourns for the Easter recess, a budget conference report and the supplemental appropriations bill have not been completed. Conferees on the budget have yet to agree on a tax cut figure, but it does seem like the members concur on a discretionary spending total of $784 billion, which is nearly the amount the president outlined.

04/10/2003
This Week on Capitol Hill
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This Week on Capitol Hill

President Bush’s tax cut took a short detour on Tuesday, when an amendment offered by Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) to cut the tax cut to $350 billion was approved by a 51-48 vote. Three Republican Senators, Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), George Voinovich (R-Ohio), and Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.) all voted with the majority to reduce the size of the tax cut. Democratic Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.) missed the vote. Though it seems the president’s tax cut number is in jeopardy, there are more steps in the budget process that may provide an opportunity to gain back the lost dollars.

03/27/2003
Deficit Fears Should Not Stop Tax Cuts
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Deficit Fears Should Not Stop Tax Cuts

03/27/2003

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