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1958 Tax Foundation's Taxpayer News: News of the Organized Taxpayer Movement 1 (1958)

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NEWS   OF THE  ORGANIZED TAXPAYER MOVEME

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Capacity crowd at Colorado Public Expenditure Council's annual meeting Jan. 10 in Denver
listens to president, Richard M. Davis. Others at the speakers' table are: J. C. Owen, past
president; House Speaker Charles Conklin, Governor Stephen McNichols, Herbert Miller,
Lieutenant Governor Frank Hays, Mark Schmidt, vice president and Neil Roberts, treasurer.

NCSTE Conference
Set For Feb. 24-26
Tentative plans for next month's
conference of state taxpayer execu-
tives in Washington, D. C. call for
concentration on areas where major
issues are expected to develop in this
session of Congress.
Defense organization, veterans
programs, foreign aid, Federal aid
programs and needed fiscal controls
are slated for analysis in the three-
day program, Monday through
Wednesday, Feb. 24-26.
Postponed for three weeks at the
request of the NCSTE agenda com-
mittee, the conference also will fea-
ture an analysis of the new budget,
devote a day to state government and
association management problems
and decide on proposed action.
Invitations have gone out to a
number of prominent speakers iden-
tified with the topics under discus-
sion.

Interest Runs High
At Annual Meetings
Attendance ran well over 250 at
the annual meetings of both the Iowa
Taxpayers Association in Des Moines
on Dec. 13 and the Colorado Public
Expenditure Council in Denver Jan.
10.
Herbert J. Miller (ED-TF) ad-
dressed both meetings on the theme
that national defense must be given
top spending priority at the expense
of less essential Federal programs.
The Iowa association adopted a
resolution calling on Congressmen
and administrative leaders  to make
certain that all defense outlays are
most efficiently used and properly
apportioned, and to resist vigorously
all pressures to increase unnecessary
non-defense spending.
Other resolutions called for stem-
ming local government spending,
maintenance of a tax climate in Iowa
(Continued on page 4)

Taxpayers Pounce
On Non-Essentials
Organized taxpayers jumped into
the Federal fiscal picture with both
feet as the record peacetime budget
of $73.9 billion was proposed on
Jan. 13. Taxpayer action covered
both high spending and high taxes.
State taxpayer groups across the
nation told citizens of their respec-
tive states just how much the pro-
posed budget would cost the state's
taxpayers, as part of a concerted
effort to cut down less essential
domestic spending and provide funds
for needed defense expenditures.
There will be no resistance from
taxpayers to meeting the legitimate
requirements of national security,
said a state taxpayer release. How-
ever, with a budget of this size, it is
only proper that citizens should de-
mand that both non-defense and
even low priority defense expendi-
tures be held to the very minimum.
In the tax area, the first state tax-
payer statement to the month-long
hearings of the House Ways and
Means Committee came in the form
of a letter from the California Tax-
payers Association. An attack on
Federal spending was called for to
make possible a downward revision
of Federal taxes to stimulate Ameri-
can business and industry and its
people.
Scheduled to appear before the
House Committee on Feb. 7 are
Carter Atkins, executive director of
the Connecticut Public Expenditure
Council, who will speak for a group
of state organizations; and Russell
Kramer, representing the Tennessee
Taxpayers Association.
(Continued on page 4)

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JANUARY 1958

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