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CLT Update
Sunday, May 16, 1999

Last call for reservations to our big 25th Anniversary Banquet. To make reservations, IMMEDIATELY contact Chip Faulkner at (508) 384-0100.

Chip Ford --

State House News Service
Advances for the week of May 17th

CLT&G ... As Beacon Hill lawmakers trumpeted last year's record $1 billion tax cut, the advocacy group Citizens for Limited Taxation & Government was sliding toward oblivion. With the economy strong and residents earning high wages, CLT&G saw its membership declining and influence dwindling, even as tax-cut champion Paul Cellucci headed into the Corner Office.

But CLT&G saw its membership surge and donations pour in after Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby and WLVI-TV political commentator Jon Keller highlighted the group's plight during the election season. Thursday, CLT&G leaders will present Jacoby and Keller with the annual "Warren T. Brookes Award," named for the former Boston Herald economics columnist and father of the landmark property tax-limiting Proposition 2 1/2.

The event is actually a 25th anniversary banquet in CLT&G's honor, and isn't a political event per se. But CLT&G director Barbara Anderson and others will be singing political and patriotic songs at the Thursday banquet.

"It's kind of a Peter, Paul and Mary thing," Anderson said Friday.

CLT&G members will also be putting on a talent show, but Anderson said she didn't want to divulge further details for fear of spoiling the fun, which begins at 6 pm at Lombardo's restaurant, 6 Billings St., Randolph.

GUN LAWS ... Gun rights and gun safety advocates are headed for a showdown Monday as the competing sides hold competing events on Beacon Hill. Hundreds of members of the state Gun Owners Action League are planning to rally at 11 am on the Boston Common to show their support for drastically revising the state's 1998 gun control law. ... In a letter sent to members late last month, GOAL director Michael Yacino said the new law "contains confusing and conflicting information" and that it "perverted" constitutional guarantees.

The letter also warns GOAL members not to confront members of Stop Handgun Violence who are having a press conference at 10 am across the street to support the law. In his letter, Yacino told supporters to avoid "'camo' clothing and slovenly dress."

He added, "We suspect one of their polished media spin masters may purposely attempt to draw an unprepared rank-and-file gun owner into a rigged and possibly heated argument for the benefit of the TV cameras. Turn your back, ignore all provocation and do not give the reporters any confrontation to film and feature on the evening news." ...

... GOAL rally attendees include: Barbara Anderson and Chip Ford of Citizens for Limited Taxation & Government, NRA lobbyist James Baker, and Karen MacNutt, a one-time Republican candidate for state Attorney General.

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