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News-Palladium, The (Newspaper) - May 10, 1974, Benton Harbor, Michigan ttuy .For Reader And for Advertiser FINAL EDITION BENTON HARBOH, MICH. FRIDAY, MAY It, 1974 31 PAGES ISC WEATHER FORECAST rf rail toalgfct to- (unlay, i TEMPERATURES 12 ................41 I p.m..............41 p.m..............41 12 1 t.m. t t.m. t i: Hlgfc, 54, at MM; at i GOES TO GOVERNOR tate Tax Cut Passes Unanimously LANSING, Mich. (AP) A measure that will provide million in tax relief, mostly to families with low and moderate incomes, is ready for Gov. William Milliken's signature. The Senate completed legislative action on the measure Thurs- day with a 27-0 vote. Milliken is expected to sign the bill quickly since he pushed hard for the election-year measure. The bill would provide income-tax credits totaling about million on the 4 per cent sales tax paid on food, and about million on the sales tax on drugs. It also would increase income.tax credits for personal property taxes on business inventories from 25 to 32 per cent, costing some million. The credits allowed on sales taxes paid on food and drugs would apply to households making up to a year. Such credits would range along a sliding scale based on family income. For example, a household earning no more than would receive tax credits for each family member. A family earning between and would receive a credit for each per- son. Families earning between and would get a credit of a person, while households earning more would receive no credit. Milliken lauded passage of the bill, calling it "an historic break through in tax reform and tax relief." He said it will provide relief "where it is needed most favorably affecting what the average family pays for food and aiding business by creating an atmosphere favorable for expan- sion and new jobs...." The credits would take effect for 1974 Incomes regardless of the outcome of a petition drive to eliminate the sales food and drugs. The petition drive by the Michigan Citizens Lobby is expected to collect the necessary signatures by the July 8 deadline to put the sales tax question on the November ballot. If. voters choose to eliminate the tax, the income tax credits would'apply only to 1974. Legislative sources said Democrats have apparently decided not to press for action on their similar proposal for a November vote on elimination of the food sales tax in return for an increase in the state income tax. More GOP Chiefs Urge Nixon Quit Transcript Furor Sets Pot A-Boiling The measure is pending in the House along with other Democratic tax-cut proposals. The bill passed Thursday also contains a section requiring state to pay a penalty if income tax refunds are delayed, as they have been this year. The state would tie forced to pay 5 per cent a month on a refund delayed more than 90 days after being received by the Treasury Department. That provision, however, would not take effect until next year.' The Senate Taxation and Veterans Affairs Committee could act next week on a companion bill passed by the House earlier that would reduce corporation franchise fees. The bill would reduce the fees by one-fourth of a mill to 4.75 mills. OPENING THE HEARING: Rep. Peter Rodino, D- N.J., chairman of the House Judiciary Cojnmittee, prepares to bang the gavel to start hearings Thurs- day to consider whether grounds exist for im- peaching President Nixon. At right is ranking minority member Rep. Edward Hutchinson, -Michigan from; St. Joseph. (AP Wirephoto) L Hutchinson Issues Statement As Impeachment Hearing Opens WASHINGTON (AP) Here is the opening statement of Rep. Edward Hutchinson, ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, as the committee opened its hearing of evidence on the possible impeachment of President Nixon: Today the committee starts consideration of the most awesome power constitutionally vested in the House of Representatives. During the past four months this committee's impeachment inquiry staff has been assembling information under the committee's direction and counsel will now present to the committee the information assembled. The power ofimpeachment is one of those great checks and balances written in our Constitution to ameliorate the stark doctrine of the separation of powers. But the impeachment of a president is more drastic, for it can, bring down an adminis- tration of the government. The Constitution itself limits the scope of impeachment of a president to treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. A law dictionary published in London in 1776 defines im- peachment as "the accusation and prosecution of a person for treason or other crimes and misdemeanors. Any Member of the House of Commons may not only impeach any of their own body but also any Lord of the Parliament. And thereupon Articles are exhibited on behalf of the Commons, and managers appointed to make good their charge and accusation; which being done in the proper judicature, sentence is passed. And it is observed that the same evidence is required in an impeachment in Parliament as in the ordinary courts of justice." That definition of the term fairly exhibits, I believe, the un- derstanding and meaning of the founders of this Republic when they wrote into, our Constitution the sole power of this House to impeach the President of the United States. The standard it imposes is a finding of criminal culpability on the part of the President himself, measured according to criminal law. I trust that the members of this committee embark upon their awesome task each in his own resolve to lay aside ordinary political considerations and to weigh the evidence according to the law. I trust that each of us is resolved during this inquiry, schooled, skilled and practiced In the law as each of us is, to perform as a lawyer in the finest traditions of the profession. And in the view of the enormity of the responsibility cast upon us, I trust that in the days and weeks ahead each of us will ac- cording to the dictates of his own conscience seek the guidance of that Divine Providence which can be with us all and be everywhere for good, and which has so blessed this nation and its people throughout our history. WASHINGTON (AP) Sen. Richard Schweiker of Pennsyl- vania added his name today to a growing list of Republicans urging President Nixon to resign. In a letter addressed to the President, Schweiker said Nixon should step down because the Watergate transcripts released by the White House last week "reveal a total disregard for the moral and ethical values upon which this nation Was built. "I am compelled to speak Schweiker said. "I cannot remain silent in the face of the now obvious moral corrosion destroying the presidency." Nixon has come under grow- ing pressure to resign since releasing the transcripts 10 days ago. Some of the pressure has come from conservative Republicans who have support- ed him in the past. However, White House Deputy Press Secretary Gerald L. Warren said Thursday Nixon, "is determined to remain in of- fice despite comments by some and the attacks by others." Appearing on NBC's "Today" show, White House counselor Dean Burch said today, "I don't think the President has any in- tention of resigning. I have no reason for believing the President is considering resigning." Burch said Nixon feels he has not committed any impeachable offense and feels obligated to complete the four-year term to which he was elected in 1972. Burch predicted Nixon would give that answer to any delega- tion that might come to the White House to seek his resig- nation. "It seems to me the President of the United State's is entitled to due Burch added. Schweiker, who has often split with Nixon on issues, said he would not prejudge Nixon on is- sues relating to impeachment. But he said the edited transcripts of presidential Wa- tergate conversations released last week "will inevitably des- troy your capacity to lead our nation effectively for the remainder of'your term." "I am convinced you can best (See back page, sec. 1, col. 7) MKS. NIXON AND JOHN RHODES: First lady Pat Nixon chats with House Republican Leader John Rhodes of Arizona during a reception honoring Mrs. Nixon Thursday night at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington. Earlier in the day, Rhodes suggested that President Nixon reconsider the possibility of. resigning, although Rhodes said he was not 'recoiife. mending that Nixon quit. (AP Wirephoto) Committee Puts Secrecy Lid On FEDERAL JUDGE SWORN IN: Mrs. Mnricllc Milos holds the family bible Thursday at Grand Rapids as her husband, Wendell prepares to take the oath as a U.S. District Court Judge for Western Michigan. The district's presiding judge, Noel P. Fox looks on. Miles was a circuit judge in Ottawa and Allegan counties before being named to the federal post. Me replaces Judge W. Wallace Kent of Kalamnxoo, who died, (AP Wircpholo) WASHINGTON (AP) Stocked with facts and sworn to secrecy, members of the House Judiciary Committee have begun to consider evidence in its historic inquiry into possible impeachment of President Nixon. During a long, closed briefing Thursday, the committee received a detailed account of events leading up to the Water- gate break-in of June 17, 1972, and a thick pile of supporting facts. Members said the staff presentation reached no conclusions and did not relate directly to any presidential con- duct. "It was strictly said Rep. John Conyers, D- Mich. "It was all familiar- .nothing added Rep. Don Edwards, D-Cnlif. Both acknowledged, however, that the information presented Thursday link up with facts, brought out in later sessions to form a pattern that would make it pertinent to the impeachment inquiry. The committee is scheduled to hold three more closed sessions next week, all devoted to Wa- tergate and the ensuing efforts to cover it up. Five other areas of presidential activity involved in the inquiry will be dealt with in following weeks. Meanwhile, the Senate Wa- tergate committee continued its investigation. A committee sub- poena was revealed seeking records of loans totaling it snys were made by President Nixon and his (laughter Tricia to C. G. "Bcbc" lU'bozo, The disclosure cnme as Rcbnzn's lawyer worked out nil agreement with the committee limiting the scope of the sub- poena, which called (or a number of Rebozo's financial records. The lawyer, William Frates, complained that the subpoena even sought Rebozo's grocery bills. According to the subpoena, the committee wants the' records of an unsecured loan it said was made to Rebozo by Tricia Nixon Cox in March 1973 and an unsecured loan made to Rebozo by Nixon in January or February 1973. The Watergate committee al- so rejected unanimously a claim of executive privilege made by White House chief of staff Alexander M. Haig Jr. and or- dered him to reappear before the committee and answer all questions. Chairman Sam J. Ervin Jr., D-N.C., said the committee would consider taking contempt of Congress action against Haig, if he refuses again to answer questions. The presentation to the House Judiciary Committee began with diagrams outlining the chain of command in the White House staff and Nixon's re-elec- tion campaign committee in 1971, and a floor plan of the principal White House offices. Under the terms of the inves- tigation the staff is supposed to' present only factual information leaving it to the committee members to draw their own conclusions. John Doar, chief counsel for the committee, is noted for me- ticulous preparation of a and members were favorably impressed with Thursday's ini; (See back page, sec. 1, Deputy Goes Golfing, Hits Deer On Way Berrien Sheriff's officer Gary Dasse went golfing Thursday and brought home a deer. Dasse reported his ear struck, a doc on Pipestone road and he shot the deer to put it out of its misery. Dasse and a passenger, Robert Thompson, of 'St. Joseph, were not and the car sustained only minor damage. Dasse sought approval of a Department of Nattirual Resources officer to the deer. INDEX To Inside Pages SECTION ONE Editorials..............Page 2 Twin Cities News.......Page 3 Woman's Section Pages Ann I.indcrs...........Page 6 Obituaries.............I'age 14 SECTION TWO Area Highlights........Page i5 Sports.........Pages 16, Farm News....... Pages 22, 23 Comics, TV, 24 Markets...............Page 25 Weather Classified Ad.....Pages _________28; a Cool, Fun, Summer Leagues Forming. Mixed LadiciCWII- 0-1'aw, 468-4601, Evenings. Adv. Golf At I'aw Paw Uke. Adv. Bridgmnn True Value Homo Ctr. Open Dully to 0 I'M, Sat. 8 to 5. Adv.