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   News Tribune, The (Newspaper) - December 9, 1975, Fort Pierce, Florida                               The News Tribune, Tuesday, December 9, 1975 Page 2 No Teacher Firings in State School Budget Cuts TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (UPI) No teachers or school workers should lose jobs as a result of a recommended million state budget cut, Lt. Gov. Jim Williams says. Williams asked for a 2 per cenl across-the-board reduction in existing budgets for all state agencies Monday except the prison system, Parole and Probation Commission and the District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach. Williams said decreasing tax revenues necessitated the cuts. "It should be pointed out that the real impact on the public school budgets will be about 1.3 per cenl since the state aid accounts for approximately two-thirds of the total school operating funds with Hie other one-third coming from local sources which are not affected by this said Williams, the head of the Department of Administration, Also, it should be pointed out that million in federal revenue sharing funds was appropriated to the school districts for operating purposes and no reductions arc being made in that amount." Teacher groups fear layoffs could occur from the budget cuts, but Williams indicated schools can make the cuts through adjustments in pro- BRIGHT SKIES AND BIG ATTRACTIONS brought out Nostalgia Follies "galloping Lenny aden's near-record crowds to Indian River Community Humanities I class of senior citizens sponsored through College's open house Sunday afternoon. The entertain- the college. More than attended the open house ment on stage at this particular moment is by the through the afternoon. (Staff Photo by Michael Enns) Shevin Urges Halting Photographs Of Officials at Taxpayer Expense TALLAHASSEE. Fla. (UPI) dissemination (or decades and Public officials have been Attorney General Robert billing the state for personal says it's lime the practice photographs used for public ended. Florida 12th in Pay 'Mini-Watergate' At Wallace Office? TALLAHASSEE, Fla, (UPI) Honda legislators, who make a year excluding travel and office expenses, rank 12th nationally in annual salaries paid to state law- makers. The Citizens' Conference on State Legislatures, in a survey released Monday, said Florida pays its House and Senate members more than any other Southern state. Law-makers in New York, receiving a year, make the highest salaries and are followed by legislators in California, and niinois, The three states have longer sessions than Florida's, said the conference. While Florida's regular session lasted 87 days in 1973-74. New York met for 220 days, California, 246 and Illinois, 166. The conference did not include lengths of 1974-75 sessions in the survey. New Hampshire is the lowest paying slate, a year. Regular salaries for other Southern states are Alabama, Arkansas, Geor- gia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennes- see, and Texas, In an opinion issued to Auditor General Ernest Kllison Monday, Shevin said such costs should be paid from an official's own pocket unless he can show it serves a public purpose. "It is difficult to conceive of a situation in which the dissemination of photographs of a public official indiscriminate- ly to hundreds of persons in both the public and private sector would serve a public Shevin said. "I know of no statute or court decision which either expressly or by necessary implication authorizes this lype of expendi- ture from public he added. Ellison sought the opinion at the request of Education Commissioner Ralph Turling- ton, who said auditors ques- tioned his claim that photos he sends for high school annuals We Give You TIME When You Save at Pint Fidtral Of Fort Pivrct Open a new account for or more or add it to your present account and receive a famous Timex Watch free or at a considerable discount. All deposits earn daily compound interest at the highest allowable rate. All accounts insured to by an agency of the federal government. Open your account now and get a Timex Watch for yourself or to give as a gift. FIRST FEDERAL SAVINGS ASSN. FT. PIERCE ORANGE AND SECOND STREET 500 AVENUE VIRO HACK 693 J1H STRUT ron IT. LUCII ST, LUCII nAZA and other similar purposes are official in nature. Turlington said he paid the costs of the initial sitting tor his photograph from his pocket, but billed the stale for 800 color and black and white copies, a four-year supply. An audit showed the state has been paying these bills lor decades. Assistant Attorney General Rebecca Hawkins, who prepared the opinion for She- vin, said Ellison told her "some official, he didn't say who, had hundreds of photographs made." Among other state officials: A spokesman for Agricul- ture Commissioner Doyle Con- ner said the state pays for the photos Conner sends school kids and others on request because they are shot and printed by the department photographer. An aide to Comptroller Gerald Lewis said Lewis used personal funds to pay for 400 photos, at 20 cents each, which he sends to people on request. An aide to Secretary of State Bruce Smathers said Smathers orders photos at a cost of per 100 copies from a Miami firm and bills the state. He said the photos are distributed to groups and persons upon request. Other officials could not be reached for comment. JACKSONVILLE, Fia. (UPI) The Florida campaign headquarters of Democratic presidential hopeful George Wallace was burglarized over the weekend in what one Wallace campaign official called "a Fitzhugh Powell, a Wallace campaign official, said whoever ransacked the suite of three offices on Ihe eighth floor of the Blackstone Building "knew exactly what he was doing." Powell said the intruders stole an eight-inch-thick com- puter readout containing the names of Wallace's Florida contributors, letterhead en- velopes and stationery, index cards with the names and addresses of Wallace campaign workers and about in petty cash. "They knew exactly what they were looking Powell said. "But I can't imagine what they're going to do with the list of campaign contributors unless they want to send the contribu- tors scurrilous literature in the mail." Powell said the 11-story building where Wallace's Flori- da headquarters are housed is sealed off on the weekends and Ihe only way to gain access is to open a parking garage door with a combination lock and then operate the building elevator with a special key. He said another key is necessary to stop the elevator at the eighth floor. Powell said the burglars either wore gloves or wiped off any fingerprints they may have left on doors or office furniture since police were unable to find fingerprints. "It's a he said. grams, not personnel. The Department of Educa- tion, Hilh a million cut, and Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, asked to slash million, will be most affected by the reduc- tions, said Williams. Public school appropriations should be reduced by million, said Williams, with million cut from tax-supported universities and ?3.05 million from community colleges. HRS officials indicated cuts would include a million reduction in state mental retardation programs and million would be saved by not filling vacant positions within the department. Williams said the million represents a drop in anticipated state tax revenues for the 1975-76 fiscal year. The requests for budget reductions are scheduled to go before the governor and cabinet for approval Dec 16. The state, by law, is prohibited from having a budget deficit. Although some economic fore- casters indicate a brighter economic future for Florida in 1976, Williams said million of the million will be Clear Trooper in Slaying TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (UPI) Florida Highway Patrol Commander Eld ridge Beach says he will not reprimand trooper Robert Rennie, cleared in the shooting death of a public official he thought was a felon, "because there is nothing to reprimand him for." Beach announced Monday Rennie was taking some extra leave and would return to work when he is ready. He said Rennie is a "very sensitive, compassionate sort of person and he was too shook up to work right now." A coroner's jury cleared Rennie last week in Ihe death of Frank Booth, 50, head of a federal job program in Brevard County. Rennie approached Booth, who was parked along- A gift of quality, fine tailoring and comfort for "the man.' HAGGAR stacks They feature an Expand-0- Matlc'walstband that stretches to keep you comfortable. And they're machine washable, 100% For- polyester from Celanese in a variety of rich colors and heather shades. 8 and '20 "P.S. Drop the little woman a hint. MEN'S WEAR 200 South Second Street, Fort Pierce In the downtown Quality Shopping Area placed in reserve as a safeguard against future drops in monthly tax collections. He said November sales tax collections fell million below revised estimates and million under original forecasts. Williams said Florida's over- crowded prisons, which have about inmates above recommended capacities, can not absorb cuts. The Parole and Probation Commission has been faced with personnel problems simi- lar (o those of the Department of Offender Rehabilitation and would be forced to layoff employes dealing with prison problems if it made 2 per cent cuts, he said. The West Palm Beach district court, with mounting caseloads, also indicated it could not absorb budget reductions, said Williams. The Department of Commer- ce, trying to attract new business and industry to Flori- da, indicated it would cut only from its Division of Fxionomic Development. The department said it would make a cut if the cabinet approves Williams' recommen- dation. The Weofher NATIONAL WEATKEI SftvlCE FO1ECAST 1C 7AW EST H-13 75 ..r- fei side the Beeline Highway, after a radio check identified the vehicle he was driving as a stolen car. Beach said tests showed Booth was drunk at the time and when he acted strangely, did not deny the stolen car charge and reached into his pocket, Rennie shot. "I would have done the same Beach said. "A lot of troopers have been shot under similar circumstances and if it had been a stolen car and the man was a fleeing criminal, Rennie could just as easily have been killed." Booth was on his way to the airport to fly to his father's funeral and had apparently slopped to compose himself. 10.00 UN WEA1MH IOTOCA51 FOR PERIOD ending 7 a.m. EST Wednesday: Tuesday night will find rain and snow falling over the northeastern corner of the nation. Rain is indicated for the northern half of the West coast and some snow is like- ly in parts of the upper Mississippi valley. Elsewhere, mostly fair weather should prevail. Minimum temperatures include: (approx. max readings In parenthesis) Atlanta 31 Boston 27 Chicago 22 Dallas 41 Denver 35 Duluth 13 Houston34 KansasCity31 Los Angeles 45 Miami 59 New Orleans 35 New York 34 Phoenix 45 San Francisco40 Seattle 41 St. Louis 27 Washington 34 SOUTH BRIDGE TIDES Today High a.m. p.m. Low a.m. p.m. Tomorrow High a.m. p.m. Low a.m. p.m. (Jetty Tides Two Hours Earlier) LOCAL DATA YESTERDAY High 78 58 Rainfall none Dec. To Date .16 Barometer 29.92 Sunset Today p.m. Sunrise Tomorrow a.m. Zones Forecast MIAMI (UPI) Florida zone forecasts: Zone 1 Gearing and turning colder tonight. Sunny and cool Wednesday. Lows tonight low 30s. High Wednes- day mid 50s. Winds northwest- erly 8 to 15 miles per hour decreasing tonight. Zone 2 Clearing and turning colder tonight. Sunny and cool Wednesday. Low- tonight mid 30s. High Wednes- day mid 50s. Winds northwest- erly 10 to 18 miles per hour decreasing tonight. Zone 3 Clearing tonight and turning colder. Sunny and cool Wednesday. Low tonight low 30s. High Wednesday mid 50s. Winds northwesterly 8 to 15 miles per hour decreasing tonight. Zone 4 Clearing and turning colder tonight. Sunny and cool Wednesday. Low tonight mid 30s. High Wednes- day mid 50s. Winds northwest- erly 10 to 13 miles per hour decreasing tonight. Zones 8, 9 and 12 Gearing and colder tonight. Fair and cool Wednesday. Low tonight in Ihe low 40s. High Wednesday near 60. Winds becoming nortweslerly 15 m-p-h and continuing tonight. Zones and 17 Clearing and cooler tonight. Fair and cool Wednes- day. Low tonight in the mid to upper 40s. High Wednesday in the 60s. Winds becoming northwesterly 15 m-p-h tonight. Rain probability 20 per cent early tonight. Zones 18, 19 and 21 Partly cloudy with a chance of showers or thundcrshowers early tonight followed by clearing and cooler Wednesday. Low tonight in the low to mid 50s. High Wednesday near 70. Winds shifting to northwesterly 15 m-p-h tonight. Rain probabil- ity 30 per cent tonight. Zones 20 and 22 Partly cloudy through Wednesday. Chance o! showers or thunder- showers lonighl. Low tonight in the 60s. High Wednesday in the mid 70s. Winds shifting to northwesterly 15 m-p-h Wednes- day morning. Rain probability 30 per cent tonight.   

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