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   Lawrence Journal World (Newspaper) - February 1, 1990, Lawrence, Kansas                                THE LAWRENCE DAILY JOURNAL WORLD Thursday February Kansas 40 32 1990 JouriinlWor Ul 25 cents Bush proposes sharp troop cuts in Europe WASHINGTON AP Presi dent winning bipartisan ac claim in is proposing further deep cuts in and Soviet troop strength in Europe and declaring that time has come to swiftly conclude agreements limiting strategic and chemical with communism our aim must be to en sure democracys the president said Wednesday night in a State of the Union speech that blended his new troop withdrawal proposal with a pledge to withdraw the remainder of the invasion force from Panama by the end of the In a surprise Bush pro posed cutting military manpower in Europe to troops on each down from the figtire that was the bargaining posi tion at conventional force negotia tions in THE PRESIDENT said he call ed Soviet President Mikhail Gor bachev earlier in the day to inform him of the which already had been endorsed by NATO The Bush was a response to the revolution of 89 in which he said the United States stands at the center of a widening circle of Bush said Gorbachev seemed receptive to the idea and was studying Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman Gennady Gerasimov said on ABCTV this morning that the Kremlin was satisfied with Bushs troop cut proposal as a But he said the Soviets want all foreign troops out of Europe if thats Bushs bot tom it is IN NATO SecretaryGeneral Manfred Woerner said the allies offered their broad support in principle for Bushs These new steps take account of new political developments in the while remaining consistent with the Baker pledges reform support WASHINGTON AP Secretary of State James Baker bound for highlevel talks next week in today offered Soviet reformers the full support of the Bush administration in revam ping their political and economic Baker told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the democratic revolution sweeping eastern Europe could be stalled or even reversed if we fail to sup port the principles that brought us this who will hold talks next week in Moscow with Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze and possibly with Soviet President Mikhail outlined foreign policy objectives to the The principal items on Bakers Moscow agenda are accelerating arms control seeking a solution to the war in Afghanistan between the Soviet backed Marxist government and Moslem Fundamen talist and human WE SEEK A more democratic Soviet Union where human rights gains are made Baker He told the committee the ad ministration would offer technical cooperation to assist the Soviet perestroika program of restructur ing the countrys sluggish In Baker we seek to probe for points of mutual ad vantage with the Soviet tur ning areas of conflict into areas of cooperation wherever In this way we will benefit ourselves as well as the reformers in His testimony followed an an nouncement by President Bush Wednesday night in his State of the Union address that the United States is proposing to reduce and Soviet troops in Europe to each with a subceiling of in central THAT COULD mean bringing about American troops A differing view was voiced by James Baker III Jesse who said Gorbachev was a colorful and adroit public relations man whose concept of reform excludes Helms said Gorbachev had delivered MiG fighter jets to Cuba and missiles to Nicaragua at had undertaken 15 strategic weapons programs as part of a massive military Baker sounded a note of saying the old world of dogmatic dictatorships is on its way But the new world of pro sperous and just democracies is not yet It will not arrive If we fail to support the prin ciples that brought us this we could end up living in a future that resembles the past the past of Cold War and the conflicts that preceded he IN THE TEXT of his prepared Baker criticized the tragic case of China as a place where democratic values were when he read the statement to the commit he skipped a reference to China in speaking of govern ments that try to shut out democratic Solbach proposes property needs of the alliances strategy of The surprise overture was the centerpiece of an address that also promised to invest in America through savings research and improved and called on citizens to confront and condemn racism and Bush also renewed his call for a capital gains tax slapped down by Democrats last and called on lawmakers to pass clean child crime and drug legisla BUT WHILE Congress applaud ed the troop the savings they eventually would produce Democrats said Bushs rhetoric on domestic issues did not match the budget he sent to Capitol Hill just two days On the presidents words seem to agree with but his actions say something said House Speaker Thomas See page ISA Local schools achieve some of Bushs goals President Bush By BRAD ADDINGTON JW Staff Writer President Bushs goals of reduc ing illiteracy and the number of highschool dropouts are nothing but local school of ficials said this they schools should not be expected to meet new goals without new Lawrence school board member Maggie Carttar said schools have to deal with lawmakers who are constantly asking for more and not giving adequate And one thing that is frighten ing is the governors economic Carttar Carttar said she feared that Pizza pandemonium Jessie Dorriinos 832 tries to carry on a telephone con versation Wednesday oyei thi noise made by more than 30 kindergarten students from Baldwin who toured the After a demonstration of how pizza is the I f A X i students paired up and rnacle They then hici an irtddor picnic as they ate their has given tours to several area school Wednesdays uraa tha far i x was the largestWMf J Jr By JOHNTAYLOR JW Staff Writer TOPEKA A Lawrence legislator says its time to put the burden of proof for accurate pro perty appraisals on county of not individual property John a Lawrence introduced a bill Tues day that would require the county to purchase property at 92 percent of Its appraised value if the proper ty owner thinks that valuation is too Its kind of a put your money where your mouth is Solbach If the property is worth what the county appraiser says its the county gets the property at an 8 percent They can turn around and sell it and still make a couple of percen tage points on As state law now proper ty owners can appeal to the county then to the countys Board of Equalization and finally to the Kansas Board of Tax Ap peals if they think their property values are too IN EACH STEP of the appeals Solbach property owners have to try to prove their rather than the county hav ing to prove that its appraisal is In talking with many of his Solbach hes found that many do not have the expertise or time to formulate a valid or they dont have the money necessary to hire a private appraiser or attorney to represent them in an This is based on Solbach said of his bill Essentially it puts the burden on the not the individual tax Under the an aggrieved tax See Area page13A INSIDE TODAY Kansas breezes past 9069 Despite committing 27 Kansas waltzed to a 9069 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night in Allen PAGE 1B The weather Cold and snow leaving partly High PAGE 2A Expo90 A preview The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce will spotlight small business this weekend during Expo Todays JournalWorld offers a preview of the show and a look at some Lawrence success Section C Area 2D Germany should once again become a united fatherland of all of the German and understanding are East German Premier Hans Modrow Mike Haydens proposal to roll back property taxes to 80 percent of their 1989 level could leave the local school district strapped for JOHN a fellow board expressed similar sen timents about the districts ability to implement new We have people who are willing and intelligent but its go ing to take more You kind of get a Tacha the board members Lawrence public schools already are well along the way to meeting some of the goals that See Schools page 13A Court says it will rehear bond case By DUANE RETZLAFF JW Staff Writer A lawsuit over Douglas Countys bond issue for the south Lawrence trafficway is going back before the Kansas Supreme In an order signed Wednesday by Justice Harold the court said it was withdrawing its 8 ruling that appeared to invalidate the countys bond Ron Supreme Court information said no date has been set for rehearing the The earliest would be the week of he said Keefover said attorneys will be notified of a prehearing con ference to set a schedule for filing briefs and holding a In its earlier the court held that the Douglas County Com mission overstepped its homerule powers in issuing million in bonds in August 1985 to help finance the The estimated to cost would run south and west of linking Kansas Highway 10 with the Kansas Turn THE UNANIMOUS written by said the county could not avoid the statutory re quirement that the bonds be ap proved by a vote of the That reversed decisions by both the Douglas County District Court and the Kansas Court of The courts decision Wednesday was welcomed by city and county who emphasized that they will hold a bond election on the trafficway regardless of the rehearings I am definitely committed to and I think I can speak for the other commis sioners that we will have an elec tion on bonding for the traf said Mike county commission Lawrence Mayor Bob Schumm agreed with saying that both city and county commissions are committed to holding an elec Amyx said his main concern with the courts December ruling See page ISA School tax plan hurts Lawrence TOPEKA AP Mike Haydens school finance plan for 199091 would result in a reduction of million in state aid for Lawrence public schools and would cause the local propertytax mill levy to go up by a Department of Education com puter run Ken assistant superintendent of business and facilities for Lawrence public said he wanted to verify the figures before commenting on Right theyre just over there coming up with ideas out of the Fisher Until we receive a printout of the we dont have any Fisher said he expected school administrators would receive a printout of the figures this THE PLANvalso would cause property taxes to in crease million statewide if all districts raised their budgets the maximum the run Hayden has proposed a million overall in crease in state general fund money to the states 304 local school but only a million increase in general state Most of the is in the amount of income tax revenue that the state shares with school The governor also proposed letting school districts that are above the median in perpupil expenditures for elementary and secondary education raise their budgets by 1 percent next year andthose below the See School page 13A Stuff photo by   

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