Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 8, 1974, Page 9

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette March 8, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Return Postage Not Needed For Golden Dome' Booklet D'l* 'la' w, I Ii"1 ll"‘    w(’"1    tt,al 01,8    even    I )o,no" l ?,r" 'muT. of "Tho >me and or How a Hill Becomes a Haw”  ’ tave The Gniettc several dayTaw*"    “b°Ut ll'n"    ln But that Item pointed out it might    hc a good |dca lo aend aion*! lh rents postage for rad, booklet Turns Ob u* state returns the postage along with me booklet since they are free with no post* age required. “The Golden Dome” is a historical sketch, complete with pictures, of the history of Iowa a capitol buildings. The other booklet traces a bill through until it becomes a law. Send requests for both to either Ralph Brown .Senate Secretary, or William Harbor, Chief ( lerk of the House, Statehouse, Des Moines, la. 50319 NYB Physicians rvfXH'ORS Iv. R. Martin and William Bennett of Cedar Rapids U D.C. Weideman of Vinton and I, H. Boeke of West Union, each served as a “physician of the day” in the legislature during ? ebruary. Among the Eastern Iowans who have opened legislative sessions with prayer this year are Monsignor Alexander (.corge and the Rev. William liarnish, both of Cedar Rapids State Tax Take” Up 18.1 Percent By Harrison Weber Iowa Dally Pratt Attn. DKS MOINES What this all boils down to is that Selden and Rankin are Stale lax col- waving the yellow caution flag lections are coming in “very at the legators, telling them well,” reports Legislative Fiscal!*0 s*ovv m approving pro-Director Gerry Rankin.    J    grams    that are predicated on I    4.    .    me state having continued good In the first eight months of f „    -r.    * 1 j r o r t u n e with its economic the current fiscal year, through!growth. February, the state collected In his supplemental budget $510,757,000 for its general fund I presented last January Gov. accounts.    j    Robert    Ray suggested spending This represents an increase $103 million of the surplus of $78,376,000 over collections funds, plus reducing the state’s, for the corresponding eight 1 tax base by $31 million annually months a year earlier, for a by repealing the sales tax on gain of 18.1 percent.    food    and    drugs. On top of the $510.7 million! Citing the rate of the state’s collected, the state also re-! (economic growth, some iegisla-ceived $32,172,000 in federal rev-tors want to go far beyond cnue sharing for total general Ray’s recommendations; this has triggered flatemcnts that such additional programs could result in deficit state spending! fund revenue of $542 9 million. Running Ahead State Comptroller Marvin Selden had forecast total general fund revenue, including federal! revenue sharing, of $522.5 million through February, so the Mate at this time is running $20 million ahead of his projections, j Rankin had forecast an unencumbered balance in the state J '°J* treasury of $157.7 million on! MARENGO - Iowa county is June 30, 1974. He    now believes    looking for a new candidate for! that balance    will    br    closer to    county attorney as a result of I $198 million.    James C. Steffes’ announced in- Individual    income    tax col-    tent ion not to seek re-election, lections are 19.7 percent steffes said he will not be ahead of collections in the next biennium. Iowa County Attorney Won't Ask Re-election for the same eight months a year earlier, $191,181,000 compared to $159,663,0(8), a jump of $31,500,000. Corporate income tax collet*- seeking a full term in the office I to which he was appointed a I year ago by the board of super-! I visors. His term expires at the • lend of this year and the position tions total $17 million so far this will be up for a vote in this fiscal year, a gain of $5.2 mil- J November’s general election. At the same time, Supervisor! Theodore R. (Pete) I>ane said! lion, or 44 percent. Sales tax collections also are I holding up with receipts of hc has ^ his mln(1 $ I 7 I , 3 3 7 ,000 compared tot $147,346,(88) a year earlier, am increase of $23,991,(88) or 16.2, percent. But there is something incon- ! whether he will run for re-elec-l ition this year. Lane has been a j member of    the board for 12 years. , , „ ,. , nA\ Steffes said he has informed i gruous about both Rankins and^ ^ County ^ ^ Selden s estima cs    or < s j ^.g jn|ontjon    no^    re.e|ec. J ond year of the biennium w . (jon^ gjvjng 0^cr lawyers in1 begins July 1, 1974.    the county    an opportunity to) 18 Percent Growth    circulate nomination papers., Selden used a growth factor of-However, none has as yet with 12 5 percent in making his reve- tho 'ding deadline quickly ap-: nae projections for the first fie- preaching on April IO. cal year of the biennium, the rho county attorney said he is one ihal began duly I, 1973 The sure the bar association will sn f-tr is 18 sponsor some candidate, al-economic growth, so lur, is 10 i    » though he said he doesn t know who this might be yet. The post of county attorney traditionally    has been held by one of the younger attorneys in [the county — at least when originally appointed or elected However, there currently are fairly limited possibilities in this percent. For a variety of reasons Inith fiscal experts see a leveling off or downturn in the state’s economy in the second year and are using a growth factor of only 3 percent in making their projections. “Farmers carried forward a area, with both Steffes and his j great deal in calendar 1974, ■ Rankin explained, but cat ti'* and hog prices arc starting to drop while the farmers’ erst of operation continues to rise ” law partner, former county attorney Lewis (’. McMeen now! out of the running. IO YEARS AGO The two1 Another factor that enters into men who kidnaped Frank Sina-the projections for the second ira. jr.. at gunpoint were found year of the biennium, Rankin guilty ami drew life terms plus said, is that farmers will have 75 years. The verdict totally: some “healthy deductions” on upset the defense contention’ their state income tax because that the abduction was a public-of their federal tax liability. ity stunt. __ “Abu have questions about the IOC stamp. Abu deserve the answer.1 Postmaster Charles Seda, Cedar Rapids, Iowa All of us at your Post Office hear the questions about the IOC 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. 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 that postage hasn’t paid the cost of delivering the mail for a long time. Fact is, your tax dollars make up the difference. 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 clse’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. Your tax money shouldn't pay for other people’s mail. The Postal Reorganization Aet 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 subsidize 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 he paying their own way—without your tax money. There’s no profit on your mail. Our job at the Post Office is only to give you good service—at cost. Most of us who work here arc trying v    hard as we can to do just that. We know we won't please cvcry-\    body, every time. A‘Y \ What we're trying to do is strike a bal-J    ance—to 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. Rut it's still a whale of a bargain. Abu have questions. We want you to have the answers. ;

  • Charles Seda
  • Gerry Rankin
  • H. Boeke
  • James C. Steffes
  • Marvin Selden
  • R. Martin
  • Ralph Brown
  • William Bennett
  • William Harbor
  • William Liarnish

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: March 8, 1974

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