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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Frank Nye Return Postage Not Needed For 'Golden Dome1 Booklet Posla8c 10 Uomo" is a historical complete with pictures, of the history bulldinSs- The other traces a bill through until it becomes a law Send requests for both to either Ralph Brown, Semite Secretary, or William Harbor, ,n' ilncl William Rapids D.C. Vcideman of Vlnton and I, H. Boeke of Wes '8 "PhySiC'an dfly" in lhc Among the Eastern lowans who have opened legislative sessions Nvith prayer this year are Mons gnor Alexander George and the Rev. William Harnish, both of CeZ Rapids State Tax Take Up 18.1 Percent By Harrison Weber Iowa Dally Assn. DBS MOINES-Stale tax col- lections are coming in "very reports Legislative Fiscal Director Gerry Rankin. In the first eight months of the current fiscal year, through February, the state collected for. its general fund accounts. This represents an increase of over collections for the corresponding eight months a year earlier, for a gain of 18.1 percent. On top of -the million collected, the state also re- ceived in federal rev- enue sharing for total general fund revenue of million. Running Ahead Stale Comptroller Marvin Sel- den had forecast total general fund revenue, including federal revenue sharing, of mil- lion through, February, so the Btate at this .time is running million.ahead of his projections. Rankin had forecast an unen- cumbered balance in the state treasury of million ..on June 30, 1974. He now believes that balance will be closer, to Individual income lax col- Lections are 1D.7 percent ahead of collections for the same eight months a year earlier, compared to a jump of Corporate income tax collec- tions total million so far this fiscal a gain of mil- lion, or 44 percent. Sales tax collections also are holding up with receipts of compared to a year earlier, an increase of or 16.2 percent. But there is something incon- gruous about both Rankin's and Selden's estimates for the sec- ond year of the biennium which begins July 18 Percent Growth Seldcn used a growth factor of 12.5 percent in making his reve- nue projections for the first fis- cal year of the biennium, the one that began July 1, 1973. The economic growth, so far, is 18 percent. For a variety of reasons both fiscal experts see a level- ing off or downturn in the stale's economy in the second year and are using a growth factor of only 3 percent in making their projections. "Farmers carried forward a great deal in calendar Rankin explained, "but cattle and hog prices are starting to drop while the farmers' cost of operation continues to rise." Another factor that enters into the projections for the second year of the biennium, Rankin said, is that farmers will have some "healthy deductions" on their stale income tax because of their federal tax liability. What this all boils down to is that Selden and Rankin are waving the yellow caution flag at the legislators, telling then to go slow in approving pro grams that are predicated on the slate having continued gooc fortune with its economic growth. In his supplemental budgel presented last January Gov Robert Ray suggesled spending million of the surplus funds, plus reducing the state's tax base by million annually by repealing the sales tax on food and drugs. Citing the rate of the state's economic growth, some legisla- tors want lo go far beyonc Ray's recommendations; this lias triggered statements thai such additional programs coulc result in deficit slate spending in the next biennium. Iowa County Attorney Won't Ask Re-election Special lo The Gazette .MARENGO Iowa county is looking for a new candidate foi county attorney as a result of James C. Sleffes' announced in- enlion not to seek re-election. Steffes said he will not' be seeking a full term in the office .0 which he was appointed a ago by the board of super- visors. His term expires at the end of this year and the position will be up for a vote in this November's general election. At the same time, Supervisor Theodore R. (Pete) Lane said le has not made up his mind vhether he will run for re-elec- ion this year. Lane has been a member of the board for 12 years. Steffes said he has informed be Iowa County Bar Assn. of lis intention not to seek re-elec- ion, giving the other lawyers in .he county an opportunity to circulate nomination papers, lowever, none has as yel, with he filing deadline quickly ap- iroaching on April 10. The county attorney said he is sure (he bar association will sponsor some candidate, al- .hough he said he doesn't know vho this might be yet. The post of county attorney .raditionally has been held by one of the younger attorneys in he county at least when orig- nally appointed or elected. However, Ihcre currently arc 'airly limited possibilities in this area, wilh both Steffes and his aw partner, former county attorney Lewis C. McMccn now Dill of the running. 10 YEAHS AGO The two men who kidnaped Frank Sina- ,ra, jr., at gunpoint were found juilty and drew life terms plus '5 years. The verdict totally ipset the defense contention hat the abduction was a public- ly stunt. I-GARDENS 3901 FlMtAvo, SE 366-1367 Upon 3-0 fil-Sil, 3-5; Sun. IM The Cedar KaplJs Gazelle: FH., Mar. 8, 1974 about the deserve the answer." All of us at your Post Office hear the questions about the stamp. Nobody likes to see prices go up. Me, included. Still, I've found that when I tell people the whole story, most admit they feel a little better about the new stamp. Sure our costs are going up. Probably just like at your house: heat, light bills, cars and even wages have gone up quite a bit. You know as much about inflation as I do. But there's a lot more to the new stamp than that. Postmaster Charles Seda, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Your tax money shouldn't pay for other people's mail. The Postal Reorganization Act was signed into law to straighten the Post Office out. This won't happen overnight. But brakes were put on the use of your tax money to sub- sidize postage.That means the price of postage goes up to pay the real costs of the mail. And this is being' done fairly. So all kinds of mail, whether it's letters, packages, business mail or magazines, will be paying their your tax money. There's no profit on your mail. Our job at the.Post Office is only to give you good cost. Most of us who work here are trying hard as we can to 'do just that. The idea is that the price of a stamp should pay the cost of delivering a letter. Maybe not an earthshaking idea. But the plain fact is'thai-postage-hasn't paid the cost of delivering the mailfor a longtime. Fact is, your tax dollars make up the differ- ence. That .isn't fair at 'all, if you think what it means. It can help keep stamp prices down. But a lot of people's taxes end up paying'for somebody else's mail. It's not too smart either. When the Post Office can regularly count on.your tax money to bail it out of the hole, there's not as much reason to watch what things cost. Or worry about budgets. won't please every- body, every time. What we're trying to do is strike a bal- give the service that you want, and get a hold on the rising costs that all of us face today. I think most people are fair-minded enough to understand that, and want to pay their own way. If you stop to think about it, you really get quite a lot for what you pay. If you're like most people, you take it for granted that your letter will go to anyone you want, anywhere in the country. We're proud you can. But it's still a whale of a bargain. Ifou have questions. We want you to have the answers.
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