Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 24, 1974, Page 8

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December 24, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tues., Dec, 24, 1974/owg’s $20    0    MiljiSolons See It As Short-Term Condition By William L. ^berline DE MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s often mentioned $2(H) million surplus may be a phantom that could come back to haunt the legislature if it dreams up a lot of new ways to spend it. That’s the considered opinion of most experienced lawmakers who answered an Associated Press questionnaire about problems facing the 1975 legislature. They say a lot of the money is already committed, inflation will eat up most of what’s left and, with hard times coming, the state could be strapped for cash in another two years. But if it turns out the revenue picture is brighter than it's being painted, there is no dearth of ideas about how to use it. Gov. Robert Hay. who currently is holding hearings preparatory to setting up his budget recommendations, cautioned state department heads last month against any big increase in spending requests. Their askings for the 1975-77 biennium, however, still came to more than $2.41 billion, $627 million above the current biennium.Uncertainty In his own recommendations to the governor, State Comptroller Marvin Selden scaled the requests down to $2.13 billion, still $351 million over the present biennium’s $1.78 billion budget. With an uncertain economic period ahead and a prospect of decreased revenues in the next year, house appropriations committee Chairman Keith Bunton (I)-Thornburg) said his committee will carefully scrutinize all money requests to make sure funds are ust‘d wisely. He has a lot of support among his fellow legislators in both parties. A substantial number said that if the entire surplus isn t swallowed up by inflation, they’d like to put part of it into a "rainy day” fund One wtio doesn’t think that is possible is Hep. Edgar Bittie (H-Wcst Des Moines). "The surplus is illusory,” Bittie said. "Inflation and a*sagging economy will make it non-existent.” "The surplus should be kept and expended for emergency only, keeping in mind that hard linn's are coming,” wrote Sen. .lames Gallagher (D-Jesup). Sen. Joan Orr (D-Grinnell) noted that Selden projects only a IHI.5 million general fund balance by June 30, 1977. "Since present program* are drastically affected by inflation, all present programs should be carefully reviewed and evaluated.” she said. “Money for new proposals probably will have to come from tax reform.” “Projections show the $200 million is already substantially committed,” commented Hep. Brice Oakley (R-Clinton). “We will be fortunate to hold our own with no tax increase.” The first priority, said Sen. Roger Shaff (R-C'amanche), ways and means committee chairman in the last session “is to manage appropriations to avoid a general tax increase two years from now.” With that in mind, how should the money be list'd if there is any left after inflationary needs are met? Sen. Richard Ramsey (R-Osceola) proposes setting aside alwiut $50 million to be invested until needed to combat effects of a future depression He said the legislature could adopt specific guidelines for how the money can be spent — “for example, authority for state agencies to hire the unemployed on public works projects.”Improve Substantial numbers in both houses urge using part of the money to improve Iowa public employes retirement system benefits and to give the inflation-plagued state highway construction program a shot in the arm. There appears to lie about equal sentiment in both houses, too, for raising aid to dependent children payments, increasing aid to the elderly, further property tax relief, increased state aid to schools and giving state employes a pay boost. Senate minority Floor Leader Clifton La inborn (R-Maquoketa) said, however, "there is no way we can spend the surplus on recurring expenses without having a tax increase in 1980. Several others agreed with him and advocated using the money on non-recurring projects such as new buildings instead. One western Iowa legislator, who asked not to be quoted by name, took that view, but predicted that’s not how it will turn out. "The last thing the legislature should do is fund continuing expenses (with the surplus),” he said, “but the chances are that maturity in fiscal matters will be forced to yield to irresponsible vote buying." Cocaine Threat Is Outlined $2,520 Christmas Gift Jason Dittmer, 3, Lake Forest, IIL, meets Goldie, a four-month old golden Labrador. The dog, for which Jason s grandfather paid $2,520, is the boy’s Christmas gift. The grandfather, Ray E. Friedman, Sioux City, paid the record amount during the 38th annual auction of the Ancient, Independent and Effervescent Order of Little Yellow Dogs. Jason s father, Tom Dittmer, cdded $500 for Goldie's security blanket, a throw rug. Proceeds from the auction, as well as contributions from members of the order, help provide Christmas gifts for 1,400 needy familieis through the Sioux City Journal's Mr. Goodfellow program. Iowans Ready For Non-Farm Investment Curbs DES MOINES (AP) - lo-wans are ready for curbs on corporate, foreign and other non-farm investments in agriculture, says the president of the Iowa Farmers Union. “Our contacts with Iowa voters — rural and urban — indicate growing concern for the future of farming in this state,’' said Lowell E. Gone of the union. "We see a clear call for legislation to limit further invasion of non-farm interests into Iowa agriculture. “We will join with others in Necking passage of restrictive legislation in the coming general assembly. People are keenly aware of what the oil corporations have done to them, and they are in no mood to have the same thing happen with food ” Gum* said state lawmakers are getting the same signals from voters. He expressed great satisfaction with the number of lawmakers who participated in the recent series of corporate farming hearings sponsored by Farmers Union. White House Report Is Scheduled On Foreign Investers in U.S. By Al Swegle A White House task force is expected to release a report in late January' dealing with the issue of reporting activities of foreign investors in the United States An interim report from another survey is expected in about a year on the extent of foreign investment in the United States. The survey is being conducted under the foreign investment study act passed earlier this year. Investigative articles in The Gazette last week show I'd Italian and West German business men buying farmland in Iowa are taking advantage id vague land reporting laws to hide t heir identities. National Security George Ingram, staff consultant with the house foreign affairs committee, noted the U.S. has prohibited foreign investments in areas where national security is involved, such as the defense industry. "Foreign individuals are prohibited from investing in defense firms because of natu ral security reasons,” Ingram told The Gazette. "The problem with land is not so much foreign investors, but absentee land owners. Perhaps we should md just insist on registering foreign investors, but outside investors as well.” Ingram said the foreign investment study act calls for a benchmark survey on the economic and social impact foreign inv€*stment is having on industries in the U S An interim report is expected to In* published in a year and the final report will be published in a year and a-half Gather Requirements The White House council on international economic policy is cataloging all the federal reporting requirements for foreign firms. This report is due in the latter part of January. The White House' report is being conducted in response' to a bill proposed by Sen Howard Metzenbaum (D-Ohio) last September which would require foreign investors to re-jx»rt their investments to the federal government. On Probation DES MOINES (AP) — Mar-sha Parezeck, 19. Iowa City, was placid on three years probation Monday after she pled guilty in U.S. District Court to charges that she illegally imported two grams of cocaine into the country . from all of un ai PAINT and WALLPAPER U) ilk Awave SE “HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY” AMERICAN INSURANCE Associates, Inc. SIO First Avenue N.E. Cedar Rapids, Iowa Phono 319-362-1161 By Roger Linehan DKS MOINES (UPI) - Although indicating there are illicit drugs with more serious effects being used in Iowa, a Miami, FU., researcher says Iowans should be concerned about the use of cocaine in the state because "it is a dangerous drug and we don’t know much about it.” Dr. Carl Chambers of the Miami-based Resource Planning Corp. was in Iowa last week to present the findings of his firm’s 120-day study into the drug use in the Hawkeye state. His researchers found the most-used drug in the state was marijuana with a projected 68.600 regular users, while “speed” has an estimated 8,-900 users, cocaine has 5.500 believed steady users and heroin has 1,100, possibly as many as 2.200, current regular users. The Iowa drug abuse authority released the preliminary findings last week resulting from a four-month study begun last April. Fred Brinkley, jr., IDAA director, said the material collected through researeh in regular and underground drug sources will be used to create a drug policy for the state Drug Problem "My feeling is it is possible to rank the drug problem in Iowa by drug." Chambers said. "lf I were going to work in drug prevention I think I would probably focus first on illegal amphetamine use. I think I d concentrate secondly tm cocaine and take psyched!* ics next. The next worry would be about sedative abuse and only after I d addressed those would I concern myself with heroin. The others repre sent a considerably larger population.” Chambers said the use of cocaine is primarily for recreational effect and is five times more prevalent than heroin. At the heavy-involvement level, cocaine use is three times greater than heroin. Dangerous Drug "While a number of us might accept the relative harmlessness of marijuana, MASON CITY (UPI) - Ma-son City ambulance operator Leon Snell said he got "a real deal” when he paid $14,00(1 for the ambulance custom made for the Marcus Welby, MD television show. Iowa Unemployment Lowest 7 of IO Months DES MOINES (AP) - Iowa has had the lowest unemployment rate in the nation for seven of the first IO months of the year and has ranked among the six lowest since 1957, state officials said Monday. Atle Clayman, chairman of the Iowa employment security commission, said the low unemployment is due to the state’s agriculturally oriented economy. The nation s unemployment was 6 5 percent in November while Iowa had three percent unemployment. Iowa’s standing in November has nut yet been determined. came is as harmless as many people think," Chambers said. "It is a dangerous drug and we don’t know much about it “Cocaine use is spread throughout the state,” Chambers said. "I found it all over the state. » “Something that’s involving five times more people has to be perceived at least as a greater potential social problem. Whether it has the same Snell said the vehicle cost around $50,600. He first saw it in Battle Creek, Mich., in 1970. when the ambulance was newly-created. He said he was looking for a coronary unit when he first saw the “made for television" vehicle and thought it would be adaptable for his purposes "It was a real deal. It’s a whole emergency room on wheels,” said Snell of his prize possession He said some minor adjustments to the ambulance were necessary, but he believes it was the best unit he could buy. Senior CitizM Bums Cedar Rapids System Telephone 3C3-K244 Area Ten (SEATS) In Cedar Rapids 398-56U5 Elsewhere 800-332-5934 risk for becoming a personal problem is still open to question because it certainly doesn’t have the heroin addicting problems.” ('•calor’s Expense He said the expense of cocaine is draining money from the economic system and pointed out the significant danger of underworld dealings in the drug. He explained good quality cocaine in Des Moines costs $50 to $60 [KT gram.while good quality cocaine in Cedar Rapids sells for $80 to $85 per gram and in Waterloo at $05 to $75. In comparison, heroin of good quality sells for $10 per bag or $80 a spoon in street terms. In Waterloo, Chambers pointed out the poor quality “smack” sells for about $15 to $20 a hag and $125 per spoon. Chambers said the approximate 2,200 users of heroin is probably normal. “We have detected a pocket of heroin users in Waterloo who are heavily involved in heroin and since there is no narcotics treatment program in Waterloo there is no where for them to go,” he said. Concerning the average heroin user in Iowa, he said, the “typical user-in quotes” would be a black male between the age's of 24 and 35. But. he added, that s a generality, As far as cocaine. Cham-liers said, “There's a real probability or at least a possibility that females are overrepresented in cocaine use. It would be the only illicit drug in which females are over-represented. Our feeling is it s at least a 50*50 split and there may be more females. That’s only an impression, however." we’re not willing to accept co- Mason City Company Buys Welby Ambulance Svaxon mH bv si icixhvH to you.* May Uke tnt meaning nmt Is Ult In yr bt arts In Jay and Bract Bock Row left to right; Fred Bjornson, Omas Shifflett, Betty Smykil, Wayne McNeal, Richard Cooper; Front Row left to right; Lauri Hendrickson, Janice Moiterhan, Kathy Symonette, Carol Reece. ;

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