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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Hon., Feb., 25, 1974 Supplementary Pension Plan Draws Fire from Rep. Curtis Warren Curtis By Frank Nyc DES MOINES A supplemen- tary pension plan for employes' of the Iowa banking department would cost the state ?59 million! a year if it covered all of Iowa's more than public em- ployes. That's the word from State Sen. Warren Curtis (R- Cherokee) who is hopping mac that the senate recently passec the supplementary plan with- out waiting for the legislative committee that is studying state pension plans to report its find ings. The plan, contained in SF 327, was passed by the senate 35 to 14 on Feb. 14. But it has been held in the senate by a motion to reconsider filed by Sen. Earl (D-Des Curtis asked some actuaries to figure how much the plan would cost if every public em- ploye could get in on it. To Confront Senate Armed with the million a year figure they furnished, he aims to let the senate know about it when Willils1 reconsid- eration motion comes up. Curtis told tbe senate daring the first debate on tbe bank- ers' plan that it was being set up purely to help bank ex- aminers "who are nothing more than auditors." A certified public accountant himself, Curtis said he know all about auditors and that there is nothing more holy about them than other public employes. If a banking department audi- tor is entitled to a pension sup- plementing the benefits he is ac- quiring under U.S. social securi- ty and under the Iowa Public Employes Retirement System Curtis said, then a state insurance department au- ditor is entitled to the same con- sideration. Several Meetings Curtis heads the legislative pension study committee of seven members. It was author- ized by the 1973 legislature and appointed by the legislative council last summer. The committee has held sev- eral meetings and- Curtis thinks t should be heard from before any more supplementary plans are started. He pointed out that in addi- tion to IPERS, which covers more than public em- ployes, the state's judiciary has a pension plan of its own as do stale peace officers, and local police and firemen in larger municipalities. Faculties anil staffs at board of regents institutions also have a pension plan of tbeir own which Curtis de- scribed as ''the very best" of all. Curtis wouldn't bother the re- gents' plan, but he'd like to improve the others. "I feel there is great disparity among the various he told- The Gazette, "both as to contributions by the employing unit and the employe and as to ;he benefits paid to retired peo- )le under these programs. Investment Purposes "I think the study committee should leave the regents' plan alone and should try to develop improvements for each of the other plans, especially as far as PERS is concerned. "I would like to bring thei poses." Curtis pointed out the there is a total of ?5QO million IPERS now and it is earning u wards of million a ye; through investments, mostly government bonds and rnunic pals. The last legislature a thorized those handling 1PER investments to use up to 25 pe cent of available funds for i vestment in other than bond and municipals but only 8 pe cent has been invested in otb things such as variable a nuities and common stocks i: to now. Curtis' committee mm report its findings and recon mendations to the next legisl ure. His committee includes Senators John Nystrom (R Boone) and C. Joseph Colonial and Reps. C. Ra; mond Fischer (R-Grand Jum Rollin Edelen (R-Estlier Richard Byerly (D Ankeny) and John Connors (D }es Accidents Are Fatal To 3 lowans By The Associated Press Three lowans died in weekend traffic mishaps. Carl Hnlke, 27, rural Oxford Junction was killed in a two-car crash late Sunday night on high- way 64, about a mile east of Anamosa. The driver of the other car, Gene Banishek, 35, rural Mon- mouth, was -treated for minor injuries at an Anamosa hospital and released. Reuben Mayne, 81 Dubuque, was killed Friday night when his car collided with another on U.S. 61 about nine miles north of Davenport. Mayne's wife, Dorothea, 56, was reported in fair condition Sunday at a Davenport hospital. The driver of the other car, David White, 18, Bettendorf, was charged with failure to yield the right of way. White and a passenger, Betty Terry, 19, Bettendorf, were treated for minor injuries. Arven Hackert, 38, Delta, was killed Sunday when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a car on highway 63 near Ottumwa. The driver of the car, Ronny Collettes, 29, Des Moines, and three passengers in the truck were treated for minor injuries. C.R. Woman Hospitalized by Snowmobile Fall LAMONT A snowmobile ac- cident near Lamont Saturday night resulted in injuries to a Cedar Rapids woman. Authorities said Mrs. Anton Svoboda, 35, of 3210 Forty-fourth street NE, Cedar Rapids, re- ceived a fractured pelvis when she fell from the machine as it stopped while traveling up an embankment. Mrs. Svoboda fell 15 feet over a culvert. She was taken to People's hos- pital, Independence, then trans- ferred to St. Luke's, Cedar Rapids, where her condition was reported as good Monday. The accident occurred at p.m. Saturday. 20 YEARS AGO President Eisenhower announced the U.S. would grant military aid to Pa- kistan to deter communist ag- gression. Suspect Arraigned Ellsworth Youngbear, 25, Mesquakie Indian Settlement, left Tama county courthouse in'-Toledo shortly before noon Saturday in custody of Jama County Deputy Sheriffs Ken- neth J. McBrids and Nick Kriegel. Youngbear had just been arraigned before Magistrate George Stein on an open charge of murder. He is accused of shooting Vincent Lasley, 19, at a residence on the -settlement early Saturday morning. Youngbear was unable fo post a cash bond and was taken to the Marshall county jail in Marshalltown. Rasmussen Urges Ray: 'Come Clean' on Finances IOWA CITY Clark Rasmus sen, Democratic candidate for governor of Iowa, Monda; called on Gov. Robert Ray to make known his plans abou disclosing his personal finances. Campaigning in Iowa City Rasmussen said, "The governor recently said when asked if he would disclose that he woulc make that decision when he decided if he would seek fourth term. Now that he has announced that decision, it is ;ime for him to tell the people ol Iowa what he intends to do about disclosure. "Come Clean" "At a time when the people o: Iowa and the nation are looking 7or honesty and integrity in their public officials, it is in cumbent upon elected officials FALSE TEETH That Loosen Need Not Embarrass Don'fc keep "worrying about vour false teeth dropping at tho wrong tune. A denture adhesive can Mo. gives dentures a long- er, firmer, steadier hold. 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The governor's statement indicating that he doesn't think the peopli of Iowa are interested in know ing the personal financial al fairs of public officials and can didates for public office is an in dication that he doesn't knov what the people of this state ar thinking, and he is dodging th issue. Moral Tone "The governor should get of his proverbial set the moral tone fo government and political cam paigns in this state." Rasmussen, in a three-way race for the Democratic nomin ation for governor of Iowa, ha disclosed his personal finances. You... as a thinking person... consider: ENERGY CRISIS? ytmr heating costte by 35% and add comfort, too! INSTALL RUSCO SELF-STORING STEEL COMBINATION WINDOWS A well-sealed home is a good way to cut your heating costs. RUSCO steel windows give'added insulation and can actually cut your winter fuel bills by up to Call soon for a Free Estimate. RUSCO windows feature the only burglar-proof installation, and a full warranty RUSCO the leader since 1937. 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Blouin pointed to the proposa now before congress to increasi the salaries of representatives and senators by 22 percent ovei the next three years. The Nixon administration has submitted a bill which would hike congres sional salaries to by 197G. Blouin said that under the present system for federal pay unless congress votes no o accept the increases, the; vill become automatic by Uarch 6. "Many congressmen lave admitted, at least for the >enefit of their constituents hat the increases are irrespon- sible, but efforts to organize congressional support to defeal he hike have been unsuccess- Blouin said. "We should re-examine the of the clause which makes "ongressional pay raises auto- matic and does not require con- jressmen to vote on the mea- Blouin said. "At least for he sake of accountability to the ublic, legislators should have o take a definite stand." 'Ban the Can' Battle Threatened in House By Kriblelle Petmcu DES MOINES (UPl) The sponsor of controversial legisla- tion to "ban the can" in Iowa said Monday she will stage a floor battle if necessary to gain consideration of her proposal. Rep. Mary O'Halloran (D, vote on the Blouin Cedar Falls) said she will call load Unit Begins Speed Sign Change AMES (AP) The Iowa state ighway commission crews londay began changing the peed limit signs beside pri- nary ant) interstate highways o conform to the new 55 miles er hour speed limit. The new speed limit law oesn't take effect until March but commission crews must iiange the numbers on more han signs adjacent to the miles of primary and in- erstate highways by Friday. Highway Director Joseph Cou- al said he expects the work to e finished barring a snow- torm by Thursday, a day efore the law takes effect. for suspension of the rules to the measure out of com- mittee and force it onto the floor." She said the bill is also sought by many rural lowans who are tired of having their farmyards littered by passing motorists. The bottle bill, which would prohibit use of all non-returna- ble containers, was drafted by Miss O'Halloran last session, but stalled in committee by op- ponents. Rep. Litter Control Dennis Freeman (R, the natural resources commit- tee, said he opposed the bill because of the "endless head- it would cause retailers in the state. Freeman has in- troduced what he calls "less absolute" legislation increasing Ihe taxes on certain commonly littered items and calling for stiff penalties for littering or allowing trash to accumulate on personal property. Freeman said he was against 'discriminating against one in- dustry" which lie claimed Hie bottle bill would do "by placing the burden for collection and recycling on the grocers." He said a "comprehensive litter control plan" as provided in his proposals which require all mo- torists, cyclists and boaters to equip their vehicles with trash cans would be "the logical start- ing point." However, Miss O'Halloran said her bill which would ban pop-top cans and all other metal containers, would "provide the greatest incentive to reduce lit- ler as well as promote energy conservation and create many jobs." "Of course, it will cause some grocers storage she Rep. Mary O'Halloran Storm the chairman of said, "but we have to make some decisions now about the storing of masses of litter on our highways, farmyards and front lawns. This is in the public interest." It now costs the state 20 cents to pick up each discarded con- tainer along the highways, Miss O'Halloran said, and "it is the responsibility of lawmakers to stop this and address them- selves directly to the energy question." She said her propos- al, which also calls for tiie es- tablishment of r e d e m p t i o n centers to recycle bottles, has been endorsed as "sound legis- lation" by the Iowa department of environmental quality. Opposition Despite strong opposition by Iowa retailers associations to the bill, Miss O'Halloran said lawmakers cannot continue to "ignore the bad economics of throw-away containers." She said the landslide shift to non- returnables has increased the unemployment rolls and forced a number of small breweries and bottlers out of business. "This bill would allow lowans to set up their own recycling centers and would provide lots of said Miss O'Halloran, who noted all containers would have refund values ranging from two to five cents. Mix-Up Is Reported in Ray's Nomination Papers 3y Harrison Weber Iowa Daily Press Assn. DES MOINES There has been a mix-up on Gov. Robert Ray's nomination papers. It seems that in the rush to get some nomination papers in the hands of Ray's supporters, the printer erred. The heading on the nomi- nation papers mailed out last week states that in order to sign them a person must be of the same political party as the candidate. Since Ray, a Republican, is seeking his fourth term as governor, a person would like- wise have to be a Republican. But that form went out the window when the 1973 legis- lature passed the election re- form law which allows any "eligible elector" to sign a candidate's. nomination pa- pers. This means an "indepen- dent" could sign the nomina- tion papers of a Republican, Democrat or any other rec- ognized party. Although it may well be that Ray's nomination papers meet statutory requirements, just to make sure he quali- fies a, new set of nomination papers will be circulated to some of his supporters. Since only signatures are required, the second set of nomination papers won't be circulated as widely as the first batch. And aides to Gov. Ray say they still want people to sign the original nomination peti- tions so they have the names in their files for possible use later on in the campaign. The secretary of state's of- fice will provide nomination papers to candidates free of charge, but lately a number of candidates have taken to printing their own r.omina-. tion papers so they may in- clude their picture or some other special indemnifying matter. Guard Changes Camp To Conserve DES MOINES, ad- jutant general of the Iowa na- tional guard says a majority of Iowa units will train at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin this sum- mer instead of Minnesota's Camp Ripley. Maj. Gen. Joseph May says the move is designed to save fuel. Camp Ripley is located in central Minnesota, while Camp McCoy is about 80 miles from the Iowa-Minnesota border. An Iowa national guard spokesman said Sunday that one-third to one half of the state's military vehicles will re- main in Iowa so that guardsmen will use vehicles already at the Wisconsin facility. Site (toar SJajtite feiir Established In 1B83 by The Gazette Co. and published daily and Sunday at 500 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406. Second Class Postage pold at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Subscription rates by carrier 85 cents a week. By moil: Might edition and Sunday Issues 52.75 a month, a issues states and U.S. t No mail subscriptions accepted In areas n, a year. er territories S40 a year. tions accepted In areas having Gazette carrier service. The Associated Press Is entitled exclu- sively to the use for republlcatlon of all the local news printed In this newspa- per as well as all AP news dispatches. Service Continues M Although the sale of appliances prompt, top-notch service is still available for all us. 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