Taxpayer network favors Microsoft decision

Taxpayer network favors Microsoft decision

By Joe Baker

By Joe Baker

Senior Editor

The Family Taxpayers Network of Illinois has announced its support of the decision by the U.S. Department of Justice not to pursue efforts to break up Microsoft Corp.

The taxpayer group urges Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan to work with other states and take steps to end the case.

“The Department of Justice made the correct decision earlier this month not to continue efforts to break up Microsoft,” said Joe Weigand, executive director of the taxpayer group. “There is no doubt that this case has cost the taxpayers far too much money and done serious harm to the economy,” he added.

Weigand asserts Jim Ryan’s efforts to bring down Microsoft have cost Illinois taxpayers more than $1 million, not including expenses.

“According to documents filed with the U.S. District Court in July of 2000, Ryan and seven of his taxpayer-funded employees have spent a total of 4,268 billable hours on the Microsoft attack,” Weigand said.

“If Ryan’s office has that much extra taxpayer money in its budget and that much extra staff time,” he continued, “maybe it’s time for a legislative review of the attorney general’s office appropriations.”

Weigand went on to say: “It is time for Attorney General Ryan to bring his crusade against Microsoft to an end and get back to working on the issues that have a real effect on our state and the residents of Illinois.”

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