The March 2007 issue of Budget & Tax News highlights pension reform efforts in Illinois, New Jersey, and elsewhere. On page 1 of this issue:
- Michigan voters overwhelmingly rejected a November ballot measure that would have mandated annual increases in funding for public education, in large part because school employee pensions became a major issue.
- As of December 2006, 11 states had approved video franchise reform legislation.
- Early estimates indicate the Texas Legislature is facing a truly historic budget surplus situation.
- The village of Lakewood, Illinois has hired a private company to provide fire protection and emergency medical services.
Also in this issue: poverty, video franchise reform, municipal broadband, Kentucky's airplane tax, Atlanta traffic congestion, tax breaks for organ donors, local beer taxes in Ohio, and a resource directory listing advocates of free markets and limited government. Pete Sepp and Kristina Rasmussen of the National Taxpayers Union interview Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), who has proposed moving tax day to the first Monday in November--the day before election day--and Randal O'Toole of The Thoreau Institute reviews The Road More Traveled, by Ted Balaker and Sam Staley.
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