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1959 Tax Foundation's Taxpayer News: News of the Organized Taxpayer Movement 1 (1959)

handle is hein.tera/tfouayern0003 and id is 1 raw text is: JANUARY 1959




Tax Boost Threats
Stir Local Groups
Threats of increased state-local
taxes this year are stirring aggressive
interest in local taxpayer groups from
Recent reports from five state as-
sociations show local groups are
getting together to present a united
front against spending increases.
In California where state officials
foresee a $300 million state deficit,
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Pickup Appointed
Michigan Executive
Robert E. Pick- 7        -'
up, Central Divi-
sion director of
the Pennsylvania
Economy League,
has been named di-
rector of the Citi-
zens Research
Council of Michi-
gan, a position a
vacant since the    Robert Pickup
death of Loren B. Miller last May.
A nationally recognized research
authority, particularly in the field of
administrative organization, Bob re-
cently has acted as consultant on
studies of fire department organiza-
tion in such cities as Philadelphia,
Kansas City and Providence.
He has been with PEL since 1948,
first as Northeast Division director
and since 1954 as head of the Central
Division. From 1943 to 1948 he was
executive director of the Providence
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Balanced Budget Draws Support As First Step
Toward Spending Control; NTC Meeting Set

To Meet March 16-18
This year's annual meeting of the
National Taxpayers Conference will
bring executives from most of the 37
member states to Washington, D. C.
at the peak of the Federal budget
battle. They will meet March 16-18
at the Sheraton-Park Hotel.
Fresh from a number of state legis-
lative battles, taxpayer leaders also
will have a chance to attend Tax
Foundation's National Tax Confer-
ence, which in the past has attracted
several hundred TF members and
other business leaders.
The TF conference will be held
on the second day of the NTC meet-
ing and will provide up-to-the-minute
background on the nation's fiscal
Sen. Harry Byrd and Treasury
Secretary Robert Anderson will be
among the speakers along with other
prominent Congressional and Ad-
ministration fiscal spokesmen. They
will discuss both taxes and expendi-
State and local finances, in terms
of the 45 state legislatures in session
this year, will be an important part
of the NTC agenda on both the Mon-
day preceding the tax conference and
on the following Wednesday. Other
state and local matters, the NTC's
Federal campaign and various ad-
ministrative and other problems of
the taxpayer organizations fill the

Backs Spending Cuts
The balanced $77 billion Federal
budget proposed for fiscal 1960 is
an important first step toward getting
control of Federal spending and con-
serving our tax dollar, according to
Steve Stahl, National Taxpayers Con-
ference chairman.
Nevertheless, the goal of the or-
ganized taxpayer movement is a
budget considerably lower than the
President proposed, said Stahl. Last
Fall, the NTC sought a budget for
fiscal 1960 reduced to at least the
level originally proposed for fiscal
1959-$74 billion.
We have fooled too long with
wild-eyed Federal spending that re-
sults in nothing but higher taxes and
more inflation, said the NTC chair-
man in a statement timed to coincide
with the release of the President's
proposed budget on January 19.
In supporting the drive to reduce
spending, Stahl noted that it's the
duty and right of every citizen who
wants lower taxes and less inflation
to write to the President and Congress
in support of this assault on waste-
ful, less essential Federal spending.
If this same fiscal wisdom is fol-
lowed in the states, he said, we
won't need many of the new and in-
creased taxes being discussed in every
one of the 42 state legislatures now
at work.
In cooperation with the NTC pol-
icy committee, Stahl was planning a
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