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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mon., Feb., 25, 1974 Supplementary Pension Plan Draws Fire from Rep. Curtis Warren Curtis By Frank Nyc DES MOINES — A supplementary 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 160.000 public employes. That’s the word from State Sen. Warren Curtis (R-Cherokee) who is hopping mad that the senate recently passed tile supplementary plan without waiting for the legislative committee that is studying state pension plans to report its findings. 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 Willits (D-Des Moines). Curtis asked some actuaries to figure how much the plan would cost if every public employe could get in on it. To Confront Senate Armed with the $59 million a about it when Willits’ reconsid-lanv oration motion comes up. Curtis told the senate during the first debate on the bankers’ plan that it was being set up purely to help bank examiners “who are nothing more than auditors.” “I would like to bring them A certified public accountant himself, Curtis said he knows all about auditors and that there is nothing more holy about them than other public employes. If a banking department auditor is entitled to a pension supplementing the benefits he is acquiring under U.S. social securi-: ty and under the Iowa Public Elmployes Retirement System (IPERS), Curtis said, then a state insurance department auditor is entitled to the same consideration. Several Meetings more supplementary plans are started. He pointed out that in addi-, tion to IPERS, which covers more than 160.000 public em- , H)S0S ployes, the state’s judiciary has! airUs pointcd 01lt that a pension plan of its own as d°: thcre is a total of $500 million in and local jpjpRg now and it is earning up-in largerj wan j s m jiHcm a year through investments, mostly in government bonds and munich state peace officers, police and firemen municipalities. Faculties and staffs at board of regents institutions also have a pension plan of their own which Curtis described as “the very best” of all. pals. The last legislature authorized those handling IPERS investments to use up to 25 percent of available funds for investment in other than bonds Curtis wouldn’t bother the re , . . gents' plan, but he'd like toH municipals biut .anily IB per- improve the others. “« has been l mvcsU ' d " 0,1 'n 'things — such as variable an nudies and common stocks up “I feel there is great disparity among the various plans,” he told the Gazette, “both as to I contributions by the employing! ,. unit and the employe and as tofe* ‘' S “ 8 the benefits paid to retired pco- to now. Curtis’ Curtis heads the legislative j e unc j er ^ese programs, pension study committee of seven members. It was author- investment Purposes ized by the 1973 legislature and; “I think the study committee appointed by the legislative should leave the regents’ plan council last summer. The committee has held sev-year figure they furnished, he eral meetings and Curtis thinks aims to let the senate know it should be heard from before‘IPERS is concerned. alone and should try to develop improvements for each of thelVille), Richard Byerly other plans, especially as far as Ankeny) and John Connors committee must and recom mendations to the next legislature. His committee includes: Senators John Nystrom (R-Boone) and C. Joseph Coleman (D-Clare), and Reps. C. Raymond Fischer (R-Grand Junction), Robin Edelen (R-Esthcr- (D- co nes Moines). Accidents Are Fata I To 3 Iowans By The Associated Press Three Iowans died in weekend traffic mishaps. Carl Hulke, 27, rural Oxford Junction was killed in a two-car crash late Sunday night on highway 64, about a mile east of Anamosa. The driver of the other car, Gene Banishek, 35, rural Monmouth, was treated for minor injuries at an Anamosa hospital and released. Reuben Mayne, 81 Dubuque, was killed Friday night when 1 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 Haekert, 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. Automatic Pay Hike for Solons Hit by Blouin DECORAH Democratic candidate for lf. S. congress Mike Blouin said here Saturday that the present system which allows automatic congressional pay raises should be modified. “As it is now, congressmen arc able to grant themselves pay hikes without ever taking a vote on the increases,” Blouin said. '‘Such an arrangement does not encourage fiscal responsibility and it dot's not do much for congress’ sagging credibility with the public. Blouin made the statement while campaigning Saturday in Winneshiek county in his bid for the Democratic nomination for the Second district seat being vacated by Rep. John Culver. Blouin pointed to the proposal now before congress to increase the salaries of representatives and senators by 22 percent over the next three years. The Nixon administration has submitted a bill which would hike congressional salaries to $52,800 by 1976. Blouin said that under the present system for federal pay raises, unless congress votes not to accept the increases, they will become automatic by March 6. “Many congressmen have admitted, at least for the benefit of their constituents, that the increases are irresponsible, but efforts to organize congressional support to defeat the hike have been unsuccessful.” Blouin said. ‘‘We should re-examine the value of the clause which makes congressional pay raises automatic and does not require congressmen to vote on the measure,” Blouin said. “At least for the sake of accountability to the public, legislators should have to take a definite stand.” 'Ban the Can' Battle Threatened in House Mary By Kristelle Petersen DES MOINES (UPI) - The sponsor of controversial legislation 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 (1), Cedar Falls) said she will call for suspension of the rules to “yank the measure out of committee and force it onto the floor.” She said the bill is also sought by many rural Iowans who are tired of having their farmyards littered by passing motorists. The bottle bill, which would prohibit use of all non-returnable containers, was drafted by Miss O’Halloran last session, but stalled in committee by opponents. Utter Control stiff penalties for littering or allowing trash to accumulate on personal property. Freeman said he was against “discriminating against one industry” which he claimed the 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 motorists, cyclists and boaters to equip their vehicles with trash cans would be “the logical starting point.” However, Miss O’Halloran said her bill which would ban pop-top cans and all other metal containers, would “provide tilt' greatest incentive to reduce litter as well as promote energy conservation and create many O’Halloran responsibility of lawmakers to stop this and address themselves directly to tin' energy question.” She said her proposal, which also calls for the establishment of r e d e iii p t i o ii centers to recycle bottles, has been endorsed as “sound legislation” 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 had economics of throw-away containers.” She jobs.” I “Of course, it will cause some J said the landslide shift to non-Rep. Dennis Freeman (R, grocers storage problems,” she returnables has increased the Storm Lake), the chairman of said, “but we have to make'unemployment rolls and forced the natural resources commit-some decisions now about the a number of small breweries tee, said he opposed the bill storing of masses of litter on j and bottlers out of business, because of the “endless head- our highways, farmyards andi “This bill would allow Iowans aches,” it would cause retailers I front lawns. This is in the public J to set up their own recycling in the state. Freeman has in- interest.” troduced what he calls “less; It now’ costs the state 20 cents absolute” legislation increasing to pick up each discarded con- who noted all containers would the taxes on certain commonly! tainer along the highways, Miss have refund values ranging littered items and calling for O’Halloran said, and “it is the from two to five cents. centers mid would provide lots of jobs,” said Miss O’Halloran, Mix-Up Is Reported in Ray s Nomination Papers Suspect Arraigned Ellsworth Youngbear, 25, Mesquakie Indian Settlement, left Tama county courthouse in Toledo shortly before noon Saturday in custody of Tama County Deputy Sheriffs Kenneth J. McBride 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 to post a $50,000 cash bond and was taken to the Marshall county jail in Marshalltown. Road Unit Begins Speed Sign Change AMES (AP) — Tile Iowa state highway commission crews Monday began changing the speed limit signs beside primary and interstate highways to conform to the new 55 miles per hour speed limit. The new speed limit law doesn’t take effect until March I, but commission crews must change the numbers on more than 2,000 signs adjacent to the 10,000 miles of primary and interstate highways by Friday. Highway Director Joseph Cou-pal said he expects the work to! pers. be finished — barring a snow-! This means an “indepen-storm — by Thursday, a day dent” could sign the nomina-before the law takes effect. i tion papers of a Republican, By 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 8,000 nomination papers in the hands of Ray’s supporters, the printer erred. The heading on the nomination 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 likewise have to be a Republican. But that form went out the window when the 1973 legislature passed the election reform law which allows any “eligible elector” to sign a candidate’s nomination pa- Democrat or any other recognized party. Although it may well be that Ray’s nomination papers meet statutory requirements, just to make sure he qualifies a new set of normination papers will be circulated to some of his supporters. Since only 3.532 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 petitions so they have the names in their files for possible use later on in the campaign. The secretary of state’s office will provide nomination papers to candidates free cf charge, but lately a number of candidates have taken to printing their own nomina tion papers so they may include their picture or some other special indentifying matter. Guard Changes Camp To Conserve Energy DES MOINES (AP)—Tile adjutant general of the Iowa national guard says a majority of Iowa units will train at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin this summer 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 remain in Iowa so that guardsmen will use vehicles already at the Wisconsin facility. Che (Crhar Sapiba (^asrtlr Established In 1883 by Th* Gazette Co. and published dally and Sunday at 500 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406. Second Class Postage paid at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Subscription rates by carrier 85 cents a week. By mall: Night edition and Sunday 6 issues 52 25 a month, $24 a year: Afternoon editions and Sunday 7 issues $2.50 a month, $25 a year. Other states and U.S. territories $40 a year. No mall subscriptions accepted In areas having Gazette carrier service. The Associated Press Is entitled exclusively to the use for republication of all the local news printed in this newspaper as well as all AP news dispatches. Rasmussen Urges Ray: 'Come Clean' on Finances C.R. Woman Hospitalized by Snowmobile Fall LAMONT — A snowmobile ac- that he doesn’t think the people ! of Iowa are interested in knowing the personal financial affairs of public officials and candidates for public office is an indication that he doesn’t know what the people of this state are thinking, and he is dodging the issue. Moral Tone IOWA CITY — Clark Rasmus-and candidates for office to sen, Democratic candidate for come clean and assure the peo-governor of Iowa, Monday pie that they have not been uncalled on Gov. Robert Ray to duly enriched by government make known his plans about service or have any financial disclosing his personal finances, conflicts of interest or special Campaigning in Iowa City, interests to protect. Rasmussen said, “The governor “As the highest elected of- side—and set the moral tone for recently said when asked if he ficial in the state of Iowa and a government and political cam-’ would disclose that he would candidate for re-election, it is paigns in this state.” ____________ make that decision when he up to the governor to set the Rasmussen, in a three-way cident near Lamont Saturday decided if he would seek a moral tone for state government r ace for the Democratic nomin- fourth term. Now that he has and the next campaign. The a tion for governor of Iowa, has announced that decision, it is governor’s statement indicating disclosed his personal finances. “The governor should get off his proverbial fence—take a vt**' fL mmmm rn to a M A . time for him to tell the people of Iowa what he intends to do night resulted in injuries Cedar Rapids woman. Authorities said Svoboda, 35, of 3210 Forty-fourth j *T"“ * 4 /-.j n Ij ' about disclosure, street NE, Cedar Rapids, received 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. “Come Clean” “At a time when the people of Iowa and the nation are looking for honesty and integrity in their public officials, it is in-She was taken to People’s hos- cumbent upon elected officials pital, Independence, then trans- . ferred to St. Luke’s, Cedar' Advert Rapids, where her condition was reported as good Monday. 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