Report: Cost of Government Has Grown Significantly

By Jimmy Moore
Talon News

July 11, 2003

WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) will hold a press conference Friday to commemorate the annual "Cost of Government Day," marking the actual day when Americans have finally paid their portion of federal, state, and local taxes and fees.

The "Cost of Government Day" in 2003 comes four and a half days later than last year, according to the nation's leading taxpayer advocacy organization.

The cost of government has risen over the past three years after eight consecutive years of decreases. The ATR report claims that the increases seen since 2000 have eradicated all of the savings from 1992-2000.

This report shows government spending is growing at a rapid pace under the Bush administration.

"'Cost of Government Day' is a true measure of whether the conservative movement is achieving its goal of shrinking the size of government," concluded ATR President Grover Norquist.

"This report shows that the conservative movement has a lot more work to do, and we must work with Congress to keep the government from growing out of control," Norquist added.

The press conference will take place at 10 a.m. in Washington. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) will be speaking as well as Norquist and representatives from the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Tax Foundation, and Citizens Against Government Waste.

Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases.

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