This Week in the News…

Posted: March 16, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, March 9, Washington Post

N.Va.’s Growth Outpaces State’s: Census Shows Huge Jump in Minorities

“‘Northern Virginia will have a bigger voice in what happens in state politics, but it isn’t necessarily one voice,’ said Scott Keeter, a professor of government and politics at George Mason University. ‘I personally see wonderful things about the diversity of living in the area, but from the point of view of trying to get agreement on roads and schools and putting together a united front in dealing with issues in Richmond, it’s obviously a very big challenge.'”

Sunday, March 11, Tulsa World

Right-to-Work Numbers Square Off

“According to economist James Bennett of George Mason University, the cost of living in states without right to work is about 15 percent higher. Bennett says taxes also tend to be higher in states without right to work.”

Monday, March 12, Business Week

Reversal of Misfortune? Microsoft Has a Shot at Getting its Antitrust Ruling Overturned

“For the first time, many antitrust experts are starting to wonder whether Justice and the state attorneys general, notwithstanding their sensational trial performance, could see the entire case crumble. ‘I think there is now a reasonable prospect that the court will reverse [Jackson’s decision],’ said George Mason University antitrust expert Ernest Gellhorn on Feb. 28, the day after the hearings concluded. ‘I sort of changed my mind last night, the more I thought about it and the more I reviewed the transcript.'”

Tuesday, March 13, Fox News, Hannity & Colmes

Will Republicans and Democrats Compromise on a Tax Cut?

Walter Williams, economist, George Mason University: “I think that George Bush is indeed being somewhat timid in terms of the $1.6 trillion tax cut. We should have a much, much larger tax cut. I would like to see it double that size.”

Wednesday, March 14, New York Times

How Bill in Senate Would Add Hurdles to Erasing of Debt

Todd J. Zywicki, a bankruptcy specialist at the law school at George Mason University in Virginia, said, ‘I can see no good reason why a schoolteacher earning $30,000 a year should have to pay more for a mortgage or more for a new couch because some guy making $100,000 a year finds it inconvenient to pay his debts.'”

Thursday, March 15, Christian Science Monitor

Erasing Debt May Soon Get Harder: Congress Is Debating Major Overhaul of Bankruptcy Laws

“‘The idea of means testing is nothing revolutionary,’ says Todd Zywicki, a law professor at George Mason University here who has advised the Judiciary Committees in the House and Senate on this bill. ‘The difference is that now we’ll have a more consistent and regularized menu of what expenses would be allowed for a debtor–as opposed to the current system, when judges have full discretion to decide whether one debtor can have cable TV and go to two movies a month, while another can only eat at McDonald’s.'”

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