Legal Services Restrictions Under Review, Lawsuit Filed

An internal Legal Services Corporation (LSC) review of restrictions on legal aid programs has recommended no change in restrictions prohibiting LSC grantees from using LSC or other funds for class action litigation, legislative advocacy and community education. This includes the "program integrity regulation," which requires physical separation between LSC-funded recipients and any organizations that engage in these restricted activities. (See 45 C.F.R. 1610)

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Community Technology Programs Cut Back in FY 2003 Budget

The proposal calls for eliminating two successful community technology programs -- one at the Department of Commerce, the other at the Department of Education -- and increasing a HUD program that allows funds to be used for community technology programs but does not require it.

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Tax Cuts vs. Everything Else

We can either choose to pay now, or we will have to pay later -- preventing social ills is much cheaper in the long run. From a purely economic standpoint, many economists agree that a return to deficits is not a problem -- running a surplus would actually be more of problem -- and that this economic climate prescribes more government spending, not less.

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The Game of Ping-Pong, or "The Economic Stimulus Package Debate"

Less than two weeks ago, many observers -- including OMB Watch -- were predicting that an end, at least for the foreseeable future, had come for the debate on an economic stimulus package.

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Estate Tax Repeal Sense of Senate Amendment Tacked onto Farm Bill

Estate Tax Repeal's Impact on States

A recent report from the New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) illustrates the havoc the 2001 tax cut's repeal of the estate tax is wreaking on the already strained New Jersey budget. The report offers a state-level solution to the problem created by the federal estate tax repeal process, which actually ends the states' ability to "pickup" a portion of the federal tax for themselves earlier than the federal government's estate tax ends. The NJPP website also provides links to the 3 newspapers that have thus far endorsed its proposal, as well as an op-ed piece that ran in the New York Times New Jersey edition.

An update on the efforts of Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) to repeal the estate tax.

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The Bush Budget and Budget Process

President Bush's budget proposes a number of budget process changes that he believes will allow budgeting to be accomplished in a more fiscally responsible manner.

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Graham Rejects Tire Safety Standard

Using his review authority as administrator of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), John Graham rejected a rule from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that would have required automakers, by 2007, to install a system in all cars that would alert drivers when their tires are under-inflated.

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