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September 28, 1995
As Benjamin Franklin said: "Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." Collecting taxes, the lifeblood of government, is a hard job, and of course the Internal Revenue Service doesn't collect every dollar owed to Washington. However, a pending bill that would allow private debt collectors and private lawyers to collect delinquent taxes raises strong concerns about privacy rights.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Coronado), after four days of hearing constituents berate him over his 407 overdrafts at the House bank, now says he is ready to pay for his political sins--literally. In a rare show of contrition by an elected official, Hunter is vowing to turn back to the U.S. Treasury half his congressional take-home pay until the unemployment rate in his district drops 2 percentage points.
June 16, 1990
President Bush can provide a measure of compassion for working mothers and fathers by signing family-leave legislation that would allow employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn, newly adopted child or seriously ill child, spouse or elderly parent. The Family and Medical Leave Act would permit workers to take the time off with health insurance intact, and return to the same or equivalent job. Only workers at companies with 50 or more employees would qualify.
September 30, 1989
Samuel R. Pierce Jr. has refused to testify before a congressional subcommittee investigating waste, fraud, mismanagement, theft and political favoritism during his tenure at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has cited his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, as is his right. Pierce, a corporate attorney and former federal prosecutor, claimed he was being "prejudged" by members of the Government Operations subcommittee on employment and housing.
July 20, 1990 | JOHN HENKEN
Officials at New York City Opera, the nation's second largest company, are feeling the heat--if only in their own minds--of the new obscenity guidelines sent out last week by the National Endowment for the Arts. A widely reported internal memo asked, "Will the three naked virgins in 'Moses und Aron' jeopardize our NEA grant?" The memo from Marc Dorfman of the NYCO development office ended, "I'm sorry but this is no joke."
April 30, 1998
Next month, members of a House-Senate conference committee are to review the 1998 federal transportation bill; it's their last chance to dump some truly indefensible pork-barrel projects. They'll find no better target than the $700 million a year intended to encourage U.S. corn growers to produce ethanol. The renewal of the subsidy for ethanol, a form of alcohol distilled from corn and mixed with gasoline as an automobile fuel, sailed through both houses of Congress.
July 15, 1988 | JOHN O'DELL, Times Staff Writer
A federal investigation of alleged contract fraud by Holmes & Narver Corp. has prompted Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn to call for cancellation of an $80-million vehicle fleet management pact that the board awarded to the firm earlier this week.
August 7, 2000
After a binge of prison construction, many state legislators are seeking to shift California's focus to figuring out how to keep down the repeat offenses that have caused crowding in the first place. Wednesday the Assembly is expected to approve a sound vehicle for change, SB 1845, by Sen. Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles).
June 4, 1986 | ROBERT SCHEER, Times Staff Writer
Results from tests of the X-ray laser, a key component in the Administration's Strategic Defense Initiative, contained "inaccuracies," a recent report by the Government Accounting Office says. However, in a declassified summary obtained Tuesday by The Times, the GAO denied that the program has been "arbitrarily accelerated" on the basis of the erroneous data.
November 29, 1998
On Thursday the space shuttle will catapult into orbit the second load of components of the world's most ambitious building project to date: the International Space Station. NASA is trying to portray the launching as another step in an inevitable progression toward a manned space facility the size of two 747 jetliner cabins. Congress, however, should instead view the project as a work in progress, because escalating problems show that NASA's current plans may well need revision.
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