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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 19, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa *    *    •    #    *    I    *    f    t y ■ I I 11111— ' "v *    *    »    *    •    «    v    I    *    • The Cedar Rapid* Gazette: Tues., I rh. lf), 1074    5 Inheritance Bill to Senate Amid Cries of Fat Caf By William ^berline DKS MOI NKS ( AP) Despite objections from some legislators who called it a “fat cat” mea sure, the Iowa house has passed could file an amendment to make the Iowa inheritance tax system conform with the federal estate lax Bittie said he wanted to im a hill lo double Iowa inheritance pose the Iowa tax on the whole lU'X exemptions.    estate before it is divided Hie measure was passed 87-6 among the heirs, as the federal government now does. The house, however, refused to put off the measure, 67 27. Benefits Minority Hep. Norman Jesse (D-Des Moines) attacked the bill as one which he said would benefit only Iowa Monday Hie hill, which now goes lo the senate, also would change the present law on the handling of property jointly held by a husband and wifi' tor estate purposes. I he new exemptions proposed a small minority of tin in the bill are $80,000 for a sur population, viving husband or wife, $30,000 He and Rep. Stephen Kapp for each surviving child, $20,000 (I) Waterloo) offered an amender a parent and $1,000 for any ment to increase the percent of other lineal descendent of the tax on estates more than deceased.    $150,000, but the amendment Need Overhaul    was ruled not germanic. Rep. (Renton Anderson (R 1 Anderson said the bill would Beaconsfield) said the Iowa in-' reduce Iowa s inheritance tax heritance tax exemptions have rpV( ‘ nUft b Y about HO million not been changed since 1931 and thls y( ’ ar Hut he said th( ‘ tax are in need of an overhaul yielded about $21 million in the Because inflation has sharply last fiscal year and projections increased the value of far rn’ ,nd,c «te income in excess of $25 ...V.wwtivu    • IX- venin. Ill lenin    . 11 . property in recent years, Ander- m,l,l0n ,hls y ear > 80 ,he son said. inheritanro My,.* hnnr creased exemptions would son said, inheritance taxes bear more and more heavily on heirs to agricultural land. There frequently are not enough liquid assets among the heirs to pay the inheritance taxes on the land, and all or part of a farm must be sold to pay the taxes, he said. Rep. Edgar Bittie (R-West Des Moines) asked that the bill be deferred for a week so he in- rc* the exemptions duce revenue by less than tax growth Rep. Tom Higgins (D-Davenport), however, said it is the wage earner and the ‘‘little people” who will have to make up the revenue loss. But Rep. Willis Junker (R-Sioux City) said he couldn’t go along with all the “tears shed for poor people.” .lunker said he doesn’t agree with the concept of an inheritance tax “A man works for years to get a little money, he pays income lax on it, then acquires property, and when he dies, by some magic, the state thinks it has a right to grab a part of Hie pile, just because ifs there for the taking ” * * * Minorities Ignored? The only black lawmaker in the Iowa general assembly Monday charged that fellow representatives have displayed a total lack of concern about the future of minorities in the state. Rep. William Hargrave (D-Io-lowa City said Iowa lawmakers showed a “great lack of individual sensitivity” by failing to at- 1 tend a weekend conference at Drake university. “lf your failure to respond to the black movement is a reflection of your attitude you are not responsible or responsive enough to be here,” Hargrave said, Hargrave said unless lawmakers plan to implement a “policy of genocide toward minorities” they had better start dealing with race relation.'* on a personal and individual basis. He said he was “very embarrassed” that all of the lawmakers who received invitations failed to appear. “If you found it in your wis dom not to attend, you could have at least had the courtesy to make an appearance,” Hargrave said. The Iowa City Democrat said in a year in which conferences on the future of the state have received so much attention, it. “reflects very badly” that lawmakers failed to appear at a conference convened by black leaders. Hargrave said many national black leaders who attended the conference questioned the failure of white lawmakers to show their concern. * * Fair Trade The Iowa “fair trade” law would be repealed under a bill introduced in the senate Monday by Sen Elizabeth Shaw (R-Davenport). Under the fair trade laws, a manufacturer sets the retail price of his product and prevents the retailer from selling the product af a cheaper price. In Iowa and several states, fair trade laws have been held unconstitutional as far as non-William signeers to an agreement are concerned, sin* said Margrave Mrs. Shaw said a fair trade law is a restrain of free trade tending to increase retail prices and foster inflation ♦ * * Other Bills Bills in lh” Iowa legislature Monday; I'asspfl Slllld. $3,270,200 to by IlouM* To appropriate extend the Iowa Educational Broadcast Network to all areas of the state. 89-2. Returns to senate for aet ion on an amendment. SFI 160. To legalize a bond election in the Jane'Ville Community school district. 74-1. To governor. Introduced in Mouse HF475. To double the Iowa inheritance tax exemptions. 87- ! 6. To senate. HFI217. To increase from $30 to $40 per diem tor de-j part rn e ii t of environmental I quality personnel. Freeman. 111-1218. To bring municipally-owned utilities under rate regulation by the Iowa commerce commission. Schrooder. II F I 2 I 9 . To appropriate $140,000 for remodeling and repairs of the Iowa commission for the blind. Appropriations committee. II F I 2 2 0 . To appropriate $3,650 for 1973-74 and $8,500, for 1974-75 to pay per diem and! expenses of Capitol Planning' Commission members. Appropriations committee. HF1221. To provide a 3.5 percent pay increase for state, employes under the merit system, DeJong and 23 others UFI 222. To allow Futures Business leaders of America to receive money from the Vocational Youth Education Fund. Stromer and O’Halloran. Passed by Senate SF I 124. To require that new street curb:    have ramps frit easy access by the handicapped. 45-0. To house. SFI 125. To require facilities for handicapped persons in all new buildings open to the public. 47-0. To house. SFI 160. To legalize proceedings of the Janesville Community school district. 45-0. Tot house. latino used in Senate SFI 170. To limit out of tate travel by state employes and legislators. Rodgers and seven 1 others. SFI 171. To provide state employes an automatic semi-annual cost-of-living pay raise. Willits. SII 172. To provide retirement benefits to lh” surviving family members of a policeman or fireman who terminated service after 15 years. Griffin and Willits. SFI 173. To require    I ti at goods and services that qualify establishments to sell liquor on Sunday must he sold on Sunday. La rn born. SFI 174. To broaden definition of migratory labor camp in the law that sets standards for such camps. Gluba and Robinson SFI 175. To reduce the number of persons in a camp to classify it as a migrant labor camp. Gluba. Riley and Robinson. SFI 176. To provide a $100 allowance to inmates upon re lease from a penal institution.! SFI 178. To repeal the Iowa SFI 177. To require licensing "fair trade” law Shaw and of insurance consultants. Lam- Gluba. born.    |    Kelly    and    four    others. Legislative Notes by Frank Nye Theres No Double Talk When Rep. Norpel Talks DKS MOINES—legislators occasionally are fond of quoting themselves. Like Rep. Richard Norpel < I) Bellevue) who told the house recently: “As I always say, if you don’t know what you’re talking about, don’t talk.” DUD Unimpressed GOTTA hand it to Norpel. He lays in on the the line. No double talk with him No talking out of both sides of his mouth. Like the other day in a meeting of a house appropr attorns committee meeting. Norpel was pretesting the derision by the board of regents to send Edward Voldscth, vicepresident for development at the University of Northern Iowa, to lobby the legislature in place of Ix:e Miller, UNT’s 1973 lobbyist. Mrs. H. Rand Petersen of Harlan, regents president, explained that. Voldseth is a UNI vice-president.    norpel “I don’t care if he’s the president,” said Norpel, with Voldseth sitting almost directly across the table. □ an Martin for County Attorney? REPORTS circulating on the statehouse grapevine are that Linn county Supervisor William Martin. Cedar Rapids Democrat, is interested in running for Linn county attorney if incumbent William Laches leaves the office to run for Second district congressman or some other office. Osteopathic College Asking, Doctor Shortage Is Target By Frank Nye DKS MOINES—The privately-operated College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines wants $17.1 million from the legislature over the next five years to beef up Iowa’s dwindling supply of family doctors. Dr. Leonard Azneer, COMS president, said state financial help would enable the college to open more internships and residencies in Iowa which, in turn, would help induce COMS graduates to establish practices in Iowa. House members on the committee were ready to vote on the $17.1 million appropriation bill Monday afternoon but deferred to senate members who wanted to postpone a decision until Thursday. By that time the committee hopes to have more information on what it costs to educate medical students at the University of Iowa and how many of its graduates remain in the state to practice. The bill Dr. Azneer presented to the committee would find the legislature putting up $1 million annually for each c lass entering COMS in which 40 percent of the members are Iowa residents. In addition, the legislature would be asked to appropriate $15,000 for each intern, and $20,000 for each resident, in excess of the number of tote r n s h i p s and residencies available in hospitals certified by the American Osteopathic Assn. as of July I, 1974 — if the bill is enacted into law. The money for internships and residencies would not be needed for three years — when the first class for which the first $1 million would be received was graduated, according to Dr. Azner. However, committee members said the bill si written so this money would be needed starting in the third year. Whether the program would produce more doctors for Iowa’s rural areas probably would not be known until the first five years of the program are completed, Dr. Azneer said. “If it is not working by then the legislature could cut your throat,” said Rep. Adrian Brinck (D-West Point), who favored the appropriation even though admitting “it would be a gamble.” “lf it Is not working by then,” replied Dr. Ameer, “I want you to cut my throat.” State Sen. Tom Riley (R Cedar Rapids), senate subcommittee chairman, said. “We should think a long time before appropriating $17.1 million to a private college over which we have no control or accountability." He pointed out that a $700,000 appropriation the 1973 legislature made to the state university to set up family medical practice programs provides only $5,000 per intern. Brinck said the COMS “could be made accountable” and that there is “no guarantee” that the family practice program is going to furnish physicians for rural areas. Moreover, he added, if it appears the COMS program j was not working “we can cut his (Dr. Azneer’s) throat before five years are up.” Representative Keith Dunton (D-Thornburg) said he was for giving COMS some help; that “I don’t think we’ve had the results I would like to have from the University of Iowa medical school.” Representative Glenn Brocket I R-Marshalltown) said he thought the state was following a line that would tend “to widen the breach between the two medical schools and I don't like it philosophically." Under the bill’s provisions, the appropriation would go to the state executive council to use for COMS. Thus the state would not be appropriating the funds directly to the school, which apparently would be in conflict with the constitution. Blouin: Americans Suspicious MONTICELLO - Speaking at the Jones county Democratic central committee meeting Monday evening. Democratic candidate for Second district congressman, Michael Blouin, said the current energy crisis is making many Americans wonder if policies which encourage giant companies should not be re-evaluated. “lf it is a natural trend that businesses a n d corporations should always grow bigger.” Blouin told the central committee delegates, “perhaps it is time to build into the system incentives which make it just as desirable and just as healthy to stay small and independent Blouin is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Second district seat in congress being vacated by John Culver of Marion “We see today iii the energy crisis what impact a small group of powerful companies ran liave on our entire economy.” Blouin said at the Monticello meeting “Americans are suspicious. Many of them doubt if there is a real oil .shortage at all and more and more people are beginning to wonder if big is always better.' Blouin said the growth of large, corporate farms in Iowa and other Midwestern states also indicates Hie dangers of an over-concentration of economic power iii the hands of a few companies. He said contrate giants now control BM) percent of sugar I cane and sugar beet production and processing, 98 percent of fluid grade milk production, 97 percent of the broiler industry and 95 percent of the processed vegetable industry. If corporate giants continue their expansion into agriculture. Blouin said. “Food prices will go even higher and higher and the consumer will have no control at all over the market in the long run ” Hot poi rut SPECIAL-OF-THE-WEEK I 5 CU.-FT. NO-FROST REFRIGERATOR FREEZER • Never needs defrosting • Twin slide out crispers and dairy storage • Two easy release •ce trays only s 269 W OPERATING TRADE KEHRER APPLIANCE CENTER 620-2nd AVE. SI 364-0213 OPEN MON. A THURS, 'til 9 PM Time should never be a hangup. Relax. 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