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   Montana Standard, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1969, Butte, Montana                                tke Montana Standard ButteAnaconda 93rd 212 Good Morning Itt Friday February 28 1969 TO Cents State spending is heading for whopping record total By J D HOLMES AP Capitol Writer HELENA bills approved or alive in Mon legislature would lap the stales cash drawer for a rec ord million in the next bicnnium up nearly mil lion from two years ago Most of the bills that would appropriate this total from the general fund have cleared the House and currently await downward revision in the Sen ate No one on either side of the political aisles anticipates the bills passing in their present form Best guesses are that at least million must be pared from the major appropriation meas ures as they now stand Then as some observers fig ure it Ihe package of revenue measures must be revised to provide the difference between exislinglaw revenue estimated al ahotrt 5137 million for the 19G971 bicnnium and the final appropriations total Latest tabulations of Ihe ap propriation bills p r o v i d e d Thursday to Ihe Senate Finance and Claims and House Appro priations committees show the current total is million higher than recommended in Ihe executive budget book As they now stand the majnr appropriation bills make these IOSO71 appropriations from the stales general fund Elective officials up from the comparable 186769 appropriation The gov ernors office would get from the general fund up 227 General government 015 up Included is from the general fund for the Department of Planning See SPENDING Page 2 You gotta have a program caught this young fan in Buttes Civic Center during opening ac tion Thursday in the Division 3 basketball tournament Everyone knows you gotta have a program to know whot the game is all about Standard photographer Sam D o n n e 1 I Thursday results Butte Central 68 Bozeman 59 Butte 70 Deer Lodge 46 Anaconda 62 Dillon 54 Helena 83 Anaconda Central 77 Todays pairings 2 Bozeman vs Deer Lodge Dillon vs Anaconda Central Butte Butte Central Anaconda vs Helena Senate goes for state tax on beer Votech center No kindergartens bill succeeds HELENA AP The vocationaltechnical edu cation bill designating Butte Helena Billings Great Falls and Missoula as area votech centers passed its final test in the Montana Legislature Thursday on a 4311 Senate vote The measure approved previously by the House now must receive the governors signature to be come law The proposal won approval in the de bate stage earlier in the day and was advanced to final vote after Senate Majority Leader Eugene H Mahoney moved that the rules be suspended to bring it up before a final consideration Joint HouseSenate rules prohibit bills from going through both debate and final vole In one day Adoption ensures the five cities will be able to keep the area votech center designations previous ly granted by the Board of Education Distributors say gas prices could increase Wholesale gasolino price increases in effect across the country may result in a retail advance by major oil company stations in Butte Two local wholesale dislributors said Thursday hey had received notice of a seventenths of a cent per gallon price increase to be effective today The others made no comment or said they had not been notified The wholesale increase could mean a one cent retail boost according to a national spokesman oE Phillips Petroleum but individual station own ers have the right to decide their own pricing policy In Bntte stations representing the major oil com panies adhere to a fixed price policy That price Thursday was cents a gallon Forrest vetoes liquor bill giving firm a price break Standard State Bureau HELENA Gov Forrest Anderson sent a veto message to the Senate Thursday then withdrew it on a bill which would have given a Helena firm a price break on the marketing o its product The message was temporarily pulled back to re check its language according to one of the gover nors aides He did not elaborate In the message Anderson cited a losss of revenue as Ihe primary reason for the veto The bill would cause a loss of at least a year in general fund Anderson said in turning down Senate Bill 271 The bill would have directed the Montana Liquor Control Board to mark up liquor manufactured dis tilled rectified bottled or processed in Montana at five per cent less than the markup on liquor from out of state The price advantage was sought by Alpha Indus tries Inc of Helena which rectifies and bottles liquor under the Lewis and Clark label In addition to this direct and immediate revenue loss there is a substantial prospect that outofstate liquor producers would cut their prices and begin a price Anderson said This could cause further loss to the stale general fund because of the loww price on all other By J D HOLMES AP Capitol Writer HELENA AP Montanas House during a marathon seven hours of floor work killed a bill that would have provided state equalization funds to any school district running a free public kindergarten The Senatepassed bill went down on a 5338 tally after con siderable argument including support from one Billings Re publican Jeffrey J Scott and opposition from another Rich ard L Forester Scott said the bill would per mit school districts desiring kin dergartens to gel state aid of for each fiveyearold en rolled He estimated the maximum annual cost statewide at 000 Forester however said the figure wasnt realistic because it does not include the cost of transportation for rural chil dren Except for an 80minute break for lunch the representatives worked at their desks from until in order to handle all Senate measures on the deadline day for exchanging amendments to nonmoney legis lation In that time hey debated 37 See HOUSE Page 2 By HUGH VAN SWEAKINGEN HELENA AP The Mon tana Senate capped an eight hour session Thursday by ap proving a bill doubling the states tax on beer The increase calculated to provide cities and towns a tolal of for law enforcement purposes raises the lax on a 31 gallon barrel of beer to from The proposal as introduced In the House by Minority Leader John C Hall DGrcat Falls called for increasing the tax to but was amended to the figure before leaving the House Sen William H Bertsche D Great Falls the moving force behind the original bill guided the measure through all three readings during the day after motions suspending HouseSen ate joint rules to speed the leg islalive process The increased tempo was re quired since the day was the fi nal day allowed for transmitlal of amendments to certain types of bills between houses The procedure resulted In a host of measures winning final approval Berlsche tried lo restore the beer tax to He succeeded In readings during the clay after getting the Senate Taxation Cpnnnillne lo go along with the higher tax with the provision Who in blazes rang the EARLY Iowa AP The fire slalion was damaged Thurs day by a fire that sounded its own alarm Members of Ihe Early Volun teer Department managed to get four fire trucks out of the station after the alarm sounded about 1 Fire Chief Hums Man said the blaze which caused several thousand dollars damage slmrl ed wires to the fire siren set ting it off and awakening lio firemen Alleged derogatory remarks figure in inmates hearing Anderson may not sign bingoraffle measure Standard State Bureau HELENA Speculation is in creasing that Gov Forrest H Anderson may refuse to sign a proposed constitutional amendment that would make bingo and raffles legal Such a refusal would increase the chances of placing the ques tion of annual legislative ses sions before the people in 1970 Anderson told the Standard State Bureau Thursday that House Bill 400 which calls for the bingo amendment has not come to his office yet and there fore my decision isnt timely at this He was asked if he is con sidering refusing to sign the bill How high is up he laughed laughing Only three constitutional amendments are allowed on the ballot al any one election Two already have been approved by both houses and signed by Ihe governor and the third ballot position appears in effect to be between bingo and annual sessions The bingo amendment has passed both houses by the nec essary two thirds margin and needs only Andersons signature to be assured of a ballot posi tion The annual sessions amend ment has passed the House and is being held in a Senate Com mittee awaiting Andersons de cision on bingo By LEWIS T POOLE Standard Staff Writer Whether or not a Montana dis trict judge called a defendant in his court a nigger became a question of importance Thurs day in a federal court hearing on the Negros petition for re lease from he state prison on a writ of habeas corpus Judge W D Murray asked questions several limes of wit nesses on the point of whether Judge C B Sande of Billings used the word nigger in re ferring to Thomas A Holliday 26 at a time when proceedings on a burglary charge against Dont Miss These Page cheers over Nixons arrival contrast with rioting in Italian cities Page demands more money for state offices Page 7 Great Falls sen ator says state institutions still short of funds Holliday were pending In Sandes court TESTIMONY indicated the term was not used by Sande in court or directly to flic defend ant According to one witness Billings altorney Russell K Fill ner Sande appeared irked by the sight of Holliday with a while woman and something was said such as Look at hat that white woman I donl like to see Holliday said he had heard See INMATE Page 2 that counties would gel 40 per cent of the increased revenua while citips would share tha other 60 per cent The Senate meeting as big committee during the debata stage voted to knock tha tax back down to Before winning final approval on a 3814 supporters beat down one motion to divert the tax to the states general fund and an other to kill the bill entirely A tolal of 5i measures re ceived the Senates final en dorsement They included bills repealing the states involuntary steriliza lion law rcgiilaling sale and possession of narcotic hallucin ogenic ond other dangerous drugs increasing the pay of fire men and policemen limiting vo cationaltechnical education cen ters to Untie Helena Great Falls Billings and Missoula and authorizing the Highway Com mission to build fences whera needed in open rajige country Apollo 9 launch is delayed by fliers colds CAPE KENNEDY Fla AP The common cold and ex haustion Thursday grounded Americas Apollo 9 earlh orbital flight at least three Friday until Mon day It was the first time after 18 maninspace flights that a launching had been delayed by astronaut illness rather than technical problems and was a difficult decision to said Dr Charles A Berry chief as tronaut physician Stuffy noses and sore throats plaguing Apollo 9 astronauts James A McDivitt David R Scott and Russell L Schweick arl are he said Is minimum wage law for prisoners only Lawmakers million apart on school funds By DANIEL J FOLEY Standard Slate Bureau HELENA Democrats and Republicans are only about apart on the amount they want to authorize schools to budget for elementary students and for high school students However when the differences are multiplied by approximate ly students the amount totals more than million for the 196971 biennium UNDER SENATE Bill 88 as passed by the Republican con trolled House schools with more than 300 elementary students would be allowed to budget per student Under the amended version passed by the Demo cratically controlled Senate The average cost this year for studenls in these larger ele mentary schools which include about 75 per cent of the grade school children in the stale is Because neither the Dem ocratic nor Republican proposals would match this figure these schools would be forced to seel voter approval for higher spending The Republicans propose to allow schools to budget 644 per student for high schools with more lhan 600 students while the Democrats are proposing a figure of per student The average cost for students in fhese larger high schools which educate about 57 per cent of schools could budget per the states students Is this NOW THAT HOUSE Republi cans and Senate Democrats have agreed to disagree a con ference committee will be called to resolve the differences Basic difference between flic parties positions is whether Ihe anticipated state deficiency in school aid should automatical ly be levitd against the proper ty taxpayer or assessed after a vole by the taxpayer Republicans favor the auto malic levy because under pres ent law it would be levied on a countywide basis with equali zation between rich and poor districts DEMOCRATS favor giving the taxpayer a vote but a voled to only op g basis with no equalization One compromise being dis cussed Thursday would result in levy which must be assessed be fore courties are eligible for slate aid Under this plan ad ditional revenue would be raised in an equalizalion basis thus satisfying Republican demands It also appears that the con ference commiltee probably will settle on schedules somewhere between those now sought by the two parties This would pro vide more realistic schedules sought by the Republicans but still give the property taxpayer a vote on some of the ad ditional levies as sought by Ihe Standard Stale Bureau HELENA w h o want the protection of a mini mum wage taw may have to go to prison to get it At about the same time Wednesday that the House was killing a Senate bill providing for a hourly minimum wage for the average Montan an the Senate was amending a House bill to require that pris oners on a proposed workre lease program he paid at least an hour WE WERE approving a min imum wage for convicts at practically the same hour the House was voting down a min imum wage for free WEATHER BUTTE Fair to partly cloudy today with increasing cloudiness and warmer temperatures expected Saturday High to day 35 low tonight 8 Tha chance of moisture almost none today and 10 per cent tonight One year ago 45 and 20 Weather table on 2 noted Sen John L Luke Mc Keon DAnaconda Thursday McKeon led the fight lo amend the House bill on the svorkre lease program In its amended form it would require that prisoners who are allowed to be placed in the custody of coun ty jails in order that they may get jobs would have to be paid at least an hour McKeon told the State Bureau the amendment was designed to prohibit the old chain gang of the South where prisoners were exploited in employment and pay In a d d i t i o n the Anaconda Democrat explained We did not want convicts competing in the market on a cutrate labor THE SENATE gave final approval to he amended ver sion Thursday with many sena tors who had opposed the min imum wage for all Montanans voting in favor of the measure which sets the wage for con victs Now the amendments must go back lo the Republicancon trolled House for approval cause the House has been less than cordial toward other mini mum wage legislation this ses sion it probably wont go along   

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