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Madison Capital Times (Newspaper) - July 4, 1992, Madison, Wisconsin LIFESTYLE Door County An ideal haven for cherry orchards and an escape ID SRORTS Long journey nears end for UW volleyball coach John Volume 19 WISCONSIN THE WEEKEND OF JULY 1992 50P The reality of power in Washington In a special threepart series from his New York Times best sell Who Will Tell the journalist William Greider shows us the realities of power in Wash ington Jack an intense young denizen of K Street in Washing has the squirrelly en thusiasm of a salesman who cant stop talking about his product because he truly believes in What Bonners firm sells is not the abstract version found in textbooks but the breathing kind that occurs when people call up a senator and tell him how to Bonner Associates packages democratic expression and sells it to corporate clients drug manufacturers and the cosmetic in insurance companies and cigarette makers and the major Bonners firm is an exotic but relatively small example of the vast information industry that now sur rounds the legislative debate and government in You want facts to support the industrys lob bying claims It pumps out You want expert opinions from scholars It has those in abundance from the think tanks that corporate contributors You want opinion polls It hires polling firms to produce You want people By WILLIAM GREIDER tell the People The American TODAY Protecting big business MONDAY The demise of political parties TUESDAY An American blueprint for change live voters who support the industry position Jack Bonner delivers When the Senate was debating the new cleanair legislation in certain wavering senators received pleas from the grass roots on the question of controlling automobile The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Mahoning Valley wrote to John Glenn of Sam Nunn of Georgia heard from the Georgia Baptist Convention and its million The Easter Seal Society of South Dakota lobbied Thomas The Delaware Paralyzed Veterans Association con tacted William Roth These groups and some others de clared their opposition to the pend ing cleanair amendment that would compel the auto industry to improve the average fuel efficiency of its cars The measure would both conserve energy and re duce the carbon dioxide pollution that is the main source of global These citizen organizations were persuaded to take a stand by Bonner which informed consistent with the auto industrys political that tougher fuel standards would make it impos sible to manufacture any vehicles larger than a Ford Escort or a Honda Continued on Page 5A Affirmative action study says University News Service Affirmative action and antidiscrimination laws have neither helped black Americans nor led to reverse dis crimination against according to a new study by University of Wisconsin The titled Racial Equality in the Labor Mar ket Still an Elusive Goal finds that even among the college and after decades of attempts by gov ernment to overcome blacks and whites do not have equal access to There is a popular per ception that only urban blacks the so called underclass have failed to benefit from affirmative action and other social pro But the UW re searchers found evidence that collegeeducated blacks also have not benefited from these pro The study by Franklin Marta Tienda and Lawrence researchers at the UWMadisons In stitute for Research on is based on data from annual Current Population Surveys between 1968 and Wilson and Wu are also professors of sociology at the But if affirmative action has not neither has it hurt they argue The widespread perception that governmental policies and programs designed to promote racial equity in employment have disadvan taged whites is The researchers find the unemployment gap between blacks and whites actually is largest among the college especially Black men with one or more years of college have an unemployment rate of per while the rate among white men with the same education is The unemployment rate for blacks in most occupa tions is at least twice that of similarly situated their study There remains a substantial labor market penalty for being they Despite gains in occupational attainment and earnings since World War the black to white unemployment ratio continued to be around 2 to 1 and has recently risen to they This higher unemployment rate for particu larly collegeeducated black results from two fac they argue There remains a substantial labor market penalty for being Continued on Back Page Lawsuit pact may revolutionize hospital billing WEST PALM AP A hospital chain has agreed to post its prices to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who was charged more than for a sponge and nearly for a disposable Lawyers for patients in the classaction lawsuit said the agreement could revolu tionize how patients are billed for medical Under the settlement made public prospective patients at Flor idas five American Medical International hospitals will get a flat rate retail price list for 300 medical procedures covering about 95 percent of all hospital We are going to strike down the barri ers of secrecy and by doing so will create a true competitive environment in which hospitals compete for patients by said Richard a lawyer for patients in the Another lawyer for the Ste phen who has similar lawsuits filed against 10 other Florida said the priceposting agreement with AMI may encourage others to do the same even without legal This will turn the hospital industry on its Scott The lawsuit was filed in August by Thomas Stone of Lake who was billed for bypass surgery at Palm Beach Gardens Community Hospital in Items on his bill included for a disposable for a sponge and for an antiseptic Classaction status was granted last week to thousands of patients who pay their bills themselves or have insurance that covers all Robin spokeswoman for AMI Memorial one of the affected said the company is really kind of excited about the Were going to give some information to patients that they have not always had in the she The settlement also requires the hospi tals to provide million worth of free care for the give some paying pa tients 3 percent cuts in their bills and pay million in legal Bush signs measure extending jobless aid By Rita Beamish Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush signed a bill Friday giving jobless Americans up to a half year additional unemployment one day after the gov ernment announced that unem ployment had soared to an eight year Departing from his persistent electionyear criticism of Con Bush I am pleased that the administration and Con gress worked together success fully in the last few days to enact this important extension of The overwhelm ingly passed by the House and Senate on was sent to Bush at Camp where he was spending the Fourth of July I T The Labor Department said Thursday that the June unem ployment rate had reached the highest level since That was bad news not only for jobless Americans but also for who was counting on a solid economic recovery to boost his reelection In a written Bush noted the hard economic times and said the extension of bene fits will provide critical support to unemployed Americans until they can find He called anew for Congress to pass other administration pro posals that he says would stimu late economic recovery and be essential to creating the jobs that all Americans The bill he signed Friday was the third extension of unemploy Continued on Back Page Only in Madison DAVID 8ANDELUTHE CAPITAL TIMES Lisa and Ted Masters and their dog enjoy a tranquil afternoon But only in Madison could such a pastoral scene be found next to a the Beltline at LATE NEWS Sarajevo war reheats A European envoy failed to renew peace talks among the war ring parties in Sa rajevo After his departure the city erupted in the worst fighting in Around Serb forces opened up on several neighborhoods from the 1C Tripledip recession Cuts in interest rates may be sufficient to keep the recovery But the danger of a rare tripledip re cession has economists in light of chronic prob lems that are plaguing the economy and the inability of interest rates to cure 6B INSIDE A MAIN NEWS Names On the TV R Sports Q Photo Death ClassltledMC LIFESTYLE Dear WEATHER Mostly sunny high Mostly clear low Partly sunny high Page TO CALL 2526363 This newspaper la printed In part on racy cled paper and la For more Iniorcna call
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