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Brownsville The Herald (Newspaper) - June 14, 1995, Brownsville, Texas Growing City plans à botanical garden....Poge 11 Boxing Average daily exchange rate for the peso Campos signs contract with G Promotions...Page 12 Buying posos Casa de cambio 1 dollar = 6.06pesos Banks 1 dollars 6.0 pesos Buying dollars Casa de cambio 6.15 pesos = 1 dollar Banks 6.30 pesos = 1 dollar be Wtùwmmlk Âwlà 191995 The Browntvllle Herald. All rights reserved. Born on the 4th of July 1892 Wednesday, June 14,1995 35 cents Bush signs massive welfare reform By RICKEY DAILEY Herald austin Bureau AUSTIN — Texas Gov. George W. Bush on Tuesday signed into law separate bills reforming the state's welfare system and adopting a managed-care approach for Medicaid. Key provisions in the welfare measure limit cash benefits to a maximum of three years and gives Texas, for the first time, a limited form of alimony. Emphasizing a personal responsibility theme. Bush said the goal is to move recipients off the welfare rolls and into the workforce by providing education and job training. Local hero saves pilot Part of marine rescue team By DAMON MARX Valley Morning Star Elizabeth Stinson of Los Fresnos feared her husband would be thrust into a life-threatening situation when she heard he was assigned to the USS Kearsarge — headed for Bosnia. She was right. Cpl. David B. Stinson, 24, is a member of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit that rescued downed Air Force pilot Scott O'Grady from the Bosnian countryside Thursday. Stinson, originally from Houston, was on the CH-53 helicopter that carried the 29-year-ald Capt. O'Grady to safety. Mrs. Stinson, 19, said her husband called Saturday from Italy to let her know he was all Vol. 103, No. 346 (20 pages) Weather: Sunny" yiith highs from near 90 east ta the middle 90s west. Ciear Weather: Sunny" yiith highs from near 90 east ta the middle 90s west. Ciear tonight with lows near 70. Abby 4 Bridge 17 Clactllied 17 Comics IS Crossword 17 Discovery Pago 20 Editorial 6 Entortalnmont Plus 4 Horotcop« 4 Lllettyle 4 Mlnl'Pago 16 Obituaries 2 Sports 12 Stocks 7 TV log Plus 4 Waather 2 Don Freedom Newspaper Pedro Says: The new law "has incentives to encourage work and individual responsibility and it has consequences for those who refuse to help themselves," said Bush, flanked by bill sponsors at a Capitol signing ceremony. "The taxpayers of Texas will help you for a short time, but in return we expect you to work, train or leam, to remain drug-free, to identify the fathers of your children and to keep your children immunized and in school," he said. Since 27 federal waivers are required, Bush said some welfare reforms will be delayed up to a year. They include parental identifi cation and signing the responsibility agreement in return for benefits. He said fraud will be reduced through fingerprinting and other technolody. The Medicaid changes stress prevention and early treatment in order to divert patients from costly emergency room treatment for routine health care problems. "By encouraging prevention and early treatment, we expect managed care will make Texans healthier at a lower cost," said Bush. "This bill puts Texas on the forefront of what's happening in health care. It is a logical ap proach to the ever-changing field of medicine," he said. Conversion of the Medicaid system to managed care is planned over five years. State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, was co-author of both the welfare and Medicaid bills. State Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, was the House sponsor of a provision in the welfare bill that consolidates 26 separate job training programs into a single new state agency and abolishes the Texas Employment Commission. "By consolidating job training programs, Texas will do a better job of making sure we train people for jobs which exist," said David Stinson right and to tell her about the rescue mission. "He was on lookout when he saw O'Grady running," Mrs. Clinton proposes balanced budget 'It's time to kick the habit, roll up the ■leeves and get to work!' Don Pedro said. 'Enough self pityl Let's get productivs and make America niimaro uno once again!' 'Great headline for Texas' welfare reform,' the city editor said. 'That captures the spirit of Gov. Bush's pledge to empower people.' 'Easier words to say than to execute,' Don Pedro said. 'The easy part of welfare reform is making laws. The devil is in the details.' By TOM RAUM Asaoclated Presa Writer WASHINGTON — After months of being outmaneuvered by Republicans, President Clinton weighed in Tuesday with a 10-year plan to balance the federal budget, saying that it will "take a decade" to bring the deficit to zero. "It's time to clean up this mess," he declared. The president's gesture drew gentle fire from Republicans who seek to balance the budget in seven years. The reaction from several key Democrats was far more critical. Clinton said in a brief televised address from the Oval Office that his proposal would cut federal spending by $1.1 trillion over the lO-year span. He said it would protect certain programs, like education and some to protect the environment. "But make no mistake, in other areas these will be big cuts. And they will hurt," he said. His proposal calls for $127 billion in Medicare cuts, about half Bush. Another benefit of the new Medicaid law allows Texas to qualify for additional federal matching money by placing on the rolls indigent patients who are now treated at county facilities at taxpayer expense. Currently, Texas receives no federal credit for those patients. Under the new law, the state will receive federal matching funds for their care. For every $1 Texas spends on Medicaid, the federal government matches with $1.79. Medicaid spending hit $18.7 billion in Texas during the current fiscal year. Some critics claim the welfare measure punishes those needing help. "I would not sponsor any bill that would be harsh. I believe it is a positive bill that will make a difference and help people get off welfare and stay off welfare," said Zaffirini. State Sen. Carlos Truan, D-Corpus Christi, who opposed the legislation, has said Texas ranks 48th in welfare benefits, with a single mother and two children eligible for $188 a month under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. Answering critics, Bush said, (See BUSH, Page 10) First barrier crossed Battle for port bridge spans first gap By LISA MARIE GOMEZ Herald Staff Writer The Port of Brownsville is one step closer to getting its long-Awaited port bridge, which would f^ i^e downtown traffic snarls that ^ave plagued Brownsville for years. A State Department official in Washington, P.C. said Tuesday they aré reacTy to consider giving the port a presidential permit, which is the federal government's authorization to proceed with the project. Steve Gibson, the coordinator for U.S.-Mexico border affairs at the State Department, has said that although the United States was ready to go with the port bridge project, Mexico was not. Since then, he said, Mexico has expressed an interest. "Basically the Mexican government said that they would have no objection if we were to consider the port's application for presidential permit," Gibson said in an interview Tuesday. "Once we get that (port's presidential permit application) we'll pick it up and take a look at it. This is progress. We are beyond where we were as recently as a month ago." Rita Vargas, the coordinator of port and border services in Mexico City, said that Mexico (See PORT, Page 10) Stinson said. "He said, 'Don't shoot. Don't shoot. It's Scott."' Stinson said her husband told her that someone on the (See HERO, Page 10) Release still argued State Attorney General disagrees with judge the amount sought by Republicans, and for trimming $25 billion from subsidies and tax breaks enjoyed by corporations. Clinton also urged a modest health-reform plan and retained his middle-income tax cut proposal. The Clinton plan would leave an $85 billion deficit in the year 2002 — the year Republican plans would eliminate it — but end up with a slight surplus by 2005. Clinton said the deficit could be wiped out in seven years, as Republicans propose, but insisted "the pain we would inflict on our elderly, our students and our economy just isn't worth it." "In my first two years as president, we turned this around and cut the deficit by one-third," Clinton a88erted."Now, let's eliminate it. It's time to clean up this mess." Clinton's move marked a dramatic and significant political milestone: Both the White House and the Republican (See BUDGET, Page 10) By DANE SCHILLER Herald Staff Writer The Texas attorney general's office is fighting a U.S. magistrate's recommendation to release a Brownsville man serving life in prison for raping a boy. "We have no doubt of his guilt," Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Elleson said in a telephone interview. U.S. Magistrate John Black said a jury would not have convicted Elifbnso Lopez in 1990 if the man's lawyer had done a better job. Black forwarded harsh findings to U.S. District Judge Filemon Vela who has the authority to set Lopez free, or order a new trial. "(Lopez) was denied his constitutional right to a fair trial because of ineffective assistance of counsel." Black said Lopez's original trial attorney, Abel Limas, didn't investigate the case, issued no subpoenas and failed to present jurors with crucial alibi evidence. Prison records at the state pennitentiary near Huntsville show he was in already in prison at the time of the alleged crime. In the 17-pago report filed this week in federal court, Elleson defends Liinas and challenges Black's findings. "The magistrate judge's findings of fact are incomplete and/ or totally erroneous," Elleson contends. (See RELEASE, Page 10) BISD considers raises Payroll could climb to $175 million By MARO ROBBINS Herald Staff Writer The largest payroll in the Rio Grande Valley may soon grow, if the Brownsville Independent School District gives its work force of almost 6,000 employees pay raises. BISD trustees recently reviewed possible pay raises that could tack on at least $1.9 million to the $173.8 million payroll. For administrators, this would be the second raise in two years. Given the existing salary structure, the proposed raise would also mean a 6 percent increase for all administrators. Clerical and manual employees could get a 3 percent increase, bringing their piece of the budget to $954,812.74. . For teachers, BISD is one of the highest-paying districts in the state, according to a personnel report. A raise slightly above the 2.8 percent rise in the cost of living, would keep BISD's teacher sala ries "competitive," the report states. But in the estimated budget for the 1995-1996 school year, teacher salaries would go up almost 2 percent. Trustees indicated they wouldn't OK pay raises that affect the tax rate. "The peso has ravaged the city," said trustee Margaret Cowen. "I don't think this town can stand a tax increase." BISD can still trim some (See BISD, Page 10)
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