for Health Freedom (www.forhealthfreedom.org).
IHF's mission is to present the ethical and economic case for strengthening
personal health freedom. The Institute, A 501(c)(3) organization, the
institute, does not endorse any health care treatment, product, provider,
or organization, but works with scholars and policy experts in the areas
of economics, health care, law, philosophy, and the sciences to foster
public debate. The Institute's publishes research and analyses.
recent Heritage Foundation(www.heritage.org)
analyses highlight the serious problems with Maryland's single-payer
health care schemes.
Beware: The Failure of Single-Payer Health Care, by
James Frogue, David Gratzer, Timothy Evans, and Richard Tesks. No.
702. May 4, 2001.
Charter School Network (www.myschoolonline.com)
- then choose Maryland under state - then choose Maryland Charter School
Network under organization). Maryland has no charter schools, but the
network, home to the Maryland Coalition for Education Reform, helps
those who want to start one.
This "Hard Green" group, led by Marylander and MTA board member
Kathleen B. deBettencourt, Ph.D., reviews environmental textbooks to
identify the all-too-frequent "junk" science and economics
in them. Environmental Literacy's materials help teachers carry out
the difficult job of informing students about complex, interdisciplinary
environmental issues. The council provides resources for teachers in
climate, air, food, energy, water, forests, biodiversity, risk, waste,
population, and economics.
Anyone concerned about education in Maryland should visit this portal
early and often. The internet site covers the market-based school reform
movement. There is hope for school reform, says the website, because
"the future belongs to the fastest, not the biggest....The internet
is making it very easy to introduce newcomers to the movement; and it
is drastically reducing the time, cost, and energy needed by activits
to promote their cause." This rich but user-friendly site pulls
together information nationally and by state (See Resource Directory
by State: Maryland - www.schoolreformers.com/resources/bystate/md/).
for America's Children (www.putparents
incharge.org). This non-partisan nonprofit organization seeks to
educate the public on issues relating to improving children's education.
With a nationally known board of directors, the group's TV ads for educational
alternatives and opportunity for low-income and minority children drew
attention in the 2000 campaign season. View the ads on-line. It also
publishes scholarly analyses.
Alliance for Educational Options(www.baeoonline.org).
"School choice is widespread - unless you're poor." That is
why the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) has launched a
TV, radio, and print ad campaign to raise the issue of "unequal
educational opportunity" that primarily hurts minorities and low-income
families. View the ads on-line.
B. Fordham Foundation(www.edexcellence.net).
This website features a suggested reading list, links to related sites,
and information about the foundation's education reform projects in
its home of Dayton, Ohio. The foundation sponsors the Educational Excellence
Network (EEN), an umbrella organization for the promotion of sound education
reforms, which was founded 15 years ago by nationally known education
reformer and scholar, Chester E. Finn, Jr. (now the foundation's president
and CEO) and Diane Ravitch, former deputy assistant secretary in the
Department of Education. EEN is affiliated with the Manhattan
Institute for Policy Research. For the "Arizona model"
of attaching funds to children instead of school districts, see "What
Is Public Education" by Lisa Graham Keegan in the Fall issue of
the Manhattan Institute's City
Journal. Also see:
"Why Is Education So Hard to Reform?" Nine remedies to the
tough problems, by Chester E. Finn.
Home School Legal Defense Association. Since 1983, HSLDA (www.hslda.org/splash/default.asp)
has represented home school families, from negotiation with local officials
to court proceedings - paying all litigation costs for cases it undertakes.
It monitors federal and state legislation that affects home school families
and provides many resources and links on its website.
Home School Education Research Institute(www.nheri.org).
NHERI studies home education; operates a clearinghouse of research for
teachers, parents, and others; and educates the public on research findings.
for Tax Reform (www.atr.org).
ATR tracks issues, provides briefs and analyses, and e-mail alerts. ATR
developed the Taxpayers
Protection Pledge for legislators that the Maryland Taxpayers Assocation
Tax Education Foundation, Inc.(www.MarylandTaxEducation.org).
The Maryland Tax Education Foundation (MTEF), a nonpfofit, tax-exempt
educational association, works to research and educate the public concerning
spending affordability, the friendliness of the Maryland tax structure
to retirees, and many other topics.
With 50 resident scholars and an extensive publications program, the American
Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research is dedicated to preserving
and strengthening the foundations of freedom government, private
enterprise, vital cultural and political institutions, and a strong foreign
policy and national defense scholarly research, open debate, and
publications. Founded in 1943, its research areas include government
tax, spending, regulatory, and legal policies; economics and trade; social
welfare; U.S. politics; and foreign affairs.
for Fair Taxation (www.fairtax.org).The FairTax proposal
would replace the federal income tax with a single-rate retail sales tax.
Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. (ABC - www.abc-chesapeake.org),
the largest organization representing the interests of the Merit Shop
contractor locally, works to have non-union contractors working on the
Wilson Bridge and other public construction projects in the state.
Institute for Policy Research (www.calvertinstitute.org).
The Calvert Institute is a state-based independent, non-partisan, public
policy research institution committeed to generating new ideas based on
the principles of free enterprise, limited government, and personal responsibilitiy.
The institute seeks to make Maryland worthy of its fond nickname, "The
Free State." Briefing
papers, listed by topic on the Calvert website, discuss fiscal concerns,
education, health, and other issues. Marylanders with an interest in fiscal
restraint and the principles of limited governent and personal responsibility
will find much to interest and help them. For example, see what the Calvert
Institute has to say on:
and the Demist of the Liberal Arts at Maryland's Public Universities
and Colleges, Except Morgan State, by Robert Lerner and Althea Nagai.
Issue Brief, Vol. III, No. 1, March 1999.
Institute(www.cato.org). This well-known
national think tank has 23 years of experience in promoting public policy
based on individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace.
Cato's research areas include: social security privatization, trade policy,
the U.S. Constitution, defense, education and children, health and welfare,
fiscal policy, foreign policy, monetary and banking policy, the global
economy, natural resources, regulation, risk and science, and telecommunications.
MTA board member Edward
L. Hudgins is Cato's Director of Regulatory Studies and active in
Maryland fiscal issues. See how the Cato Institute looks at Maryland.
Dean Stansel on
hidden tax burdens
- The Hidden Burden of Taxation: How the Government Reduces Take-Home
Pay. See state-by-state comparison for Maryland.
Citizens for a
Sound Economy. (www.cse.org/).
This grassroots organization is dedicated to free markets and limited
government as well as to personal involvement in public policy activism.
Foundation(www.heritage.org).Founded in 1973,
The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute - a think
tank - whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies
based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual
freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Heritage
has publications, forums, and lots of advice on reforming the tax system.
In particular, see "Reducing
Taxes and Reforming the Tax Code" by Daniel J. Mitchell (part
of the foundation's Priorities for the President project) and Heritage's
key issue page
on taxes. See also Krista Kafer's summary
of the June 27, 2002 Supreme Court Cleveland voucher decision (with
Women's Forum (www.iwf.org). Offering
publications and speakers,
the Independent Women's Forum is "the voice of reasonable women with
important ideas who embrace common sense over divisive ideology... We
don't pretend to speak for all women - but perhaps we speak for you."
Of special interest is the pamphlet: Women & Taxes: Understanding
Where Your Money Goes, by Eileen O'Connor, in IWF's series: What
Women Need to Know About Work and Money.
Institue for Public Policy.(www.manhattan-institute.org).
This New York City-based think tank studies a range of urban issues with
great tax implications - education, housing, redevelopment, police. The
institute's Winter 2001 City Journal, with many articles available
on-line, has an analysis by Fred Siegel and Van Smith of how Maryland's
fiscal philosophy adversely affected the city of Baltimore and how Mayor
O'Malley might help.
). Virginia News Source (VNS) -- "Your Link to Reality-Based News"
--covers international, notional, and local news. The editors specialize
in matters of government, taxation, and politics in Virginia, Maryland,
and the District of Columbia. VNS invites Maryland activists to contribute
letters and articles.
Business for Responsive Government. MBRG (www.mbrg.org)
is a nonpartisan, political research and education organization that works
to improve Maryland's business climate. It is supported by corporations,
trade associations, chambers of commerce, and individuals. MBRG publishes
Roll Call and
For the Record each
year, rating legislators on votes that affect business in the state. MBRG's
Political Reports cover issues such as attracting jobs and businesses
to Maryland. MBRG provides the thoughtful Dilorenzo
Study- Alternatives to Socialized Health Care in Maryland: A Critique
of the Lewin Group Report - which critiques the single payer health
care proposal for Maryland:
of Doing Business in the State of Maryland? Think Again
Making Maryland business-friendly should be about lower taxes, deregulation,
and other fundamental changes that reduce the costs and risks of doing
business in the state. This website tells it like it is: how far our state
is from that ideal.
of Independent Businesses (www.nnib.com).
Follows issues of concern to small businesses, such as health care, regultory
fairness, death taxes, OSHA refofrm, minimum wage, and superfund.
Survival Committee (www.sbsc.org/).
Works to protect small business. See how this national advocacy group
ranks Maryland against the other stateson its friendliness to entrepreneurship
Business Survival Index 2000.
e-Freedom Coalition consists of taxpayer groups, think tanks, and other
organizations working together to ensure that individual liberty and freedom
are protected online.
County Taxpayer Associations. For a information
on county taxpayers and property owners associations, click
Taxpayers League, Inc. For information about this active association,
is a private, nonprofit corporation whose members are the full-time chief
executive officers of statewide associations devoted to the pursuit of
objective and unbiased analysis of public finance issues in their states.
For close to 70 years, NTC members have provided credible, non-partisan
analysis of pressing fiscal issues in their states and have advocated
for the adoption of sound fiscal policies.
Taxpayers Union and National Taxpayers Union Foundation(www.ntu.org).
NTU is a 501(c)(4) organization founded in 1969 to fight for the American
taxpayer. It is the largest grassroots taxpayer organization with more
than 300,000 members across all fifty states. NTUF is a 501(c)(3) educational
research organization founded in 1977. Research by NTUF has played a significant
role in shaping the public debate over congressional accountability for
bill sponsorship and floor votes, health care reform, franking privileges,
entitlement spending, and congressional pay and pensions. NTUF undertakes
four regular detailed analyses of the U.S. Congress and publishes a Chartbook
on Entitlements and National Thrift Plan, and a variety of
issue briefs and papers.
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Christian Coalition of Maryland began in 2003 to organize for 2004
elections. Contact Lee Merrell. (L-AMERRELL@comcast.net). (http://www.ccmaryland.org/)
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