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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: lues., Dec. 24. 1S7I Iowa's Million Surplus: Solons See It As Short-Term Condition By William L. Eberllne DE MOINES (AH) Iowa's often men- tioned million surplus may be a phan- tom that could come back to haunt the legis- lature it it dreams up a lot of new ways to spend it. That's the considered opinion of most ex- perienced lawmakers who answered an Asso- ciated Press questionnaire about problems facing the 1975 legislature. They say a let of the money is already committed, inflation will eat up most of what's left and, with hard times coming, the state could be strapped for cash in another two years. But if it turns out the revenue picture is brighter than it's being painted, there is no dearth of ideas about how to use it. Gov. Robert Ray. who currently is hold- ing hearings preparatory to setting up his budget recommendations, cautioned state de- partment heads last month against any big increase in spending requests. Their askings for the biennium. however, still came to more than bil- lion, million above the current bien- nium. Uncertainty In his own recommendations to the gov- ernor, State Comptroller Marvin Selden scaled the requests down to billion, still million over the present biennium's billion budget. With an uncertain economic period ahead and a prospect of decreased revenues in the next year, house appropriations committee Chairman Keith Dunton (D-Thornburg) said his committee will carefully scrutinize all money requests to make sure funds are used wisely. He has a lot of support among his fellow legislators in both parties. A substantial number said that if the entire surplus isn't swallowed up by inflation, they'd like to put part of it into a "rainy day" fund. One who doesn't think that is possible is Hop. Edgar Kittle (K-Wost Dos "The surplus is Bittlc said. "Inflation and economy will make it non-existent." "The surplus should be kept and expend- ed for emergency only, keeping in mind that hard times are wrote Sen. .lames Gallagher Sen. Joan Orr (D-Grinnell) noted that Selden projects only a million general fund balance by June 30, 1077. "Since present programs are drastically affected by inflation, all present programs should be carefully reviewed and she said. "Money for new proposals probably will have to come from lax reform." "Projections show the million is al- ready substantially commented Rep. Brice Oakley "We will be fortunate to hold our own with no tax in- crease." The first priority, said Sen. Roger Shaft ways and means committee chairman in the last session "is to manage appropriations to avoid a general tax in- crease two years from now." With that in mind, how should the money lie used if there is any left after inflationary needs are met? Sen. Richard Ramsey (H-Osceola) pro- poses setting aside about million to bo in- vested-until needed to combat effects of a fu- ture depression. He said the legislature could adopt spe- cific guidelines for how the money can be spent "for example, authority for state agencies to hire the unemployed on public works projects." Improve IPERS Substantial numbers in both houses urge using part of the money to improve Iowa pub- lic employes retirement system benefits and to give the inflation-plagued slate highway construction program a shot in the arm. There appears to be about equal senti- ment In both houses, too. for raising aid to dependent children payments, increasing aid to the elderly, further property tax relief, in- creased stall1 aid to schools and giving state employes a pay boost. Senate minority Floor Leader Clifton Lamborn (K-Maquoketa) said, however, "there is no way we can spend the surplus on recurring expenses without having a lax in- crease in Several others agreed with him and ad- vocated using the money on non-recurring projects such as new buildings instead. One western Iowa legislator, who asked not to be quoted by name, look that view, but predicted that's not how it will turn oul. "The lasl thing the legislature should do is fund continuing expenses (with Ihe sur- he said, "but (he chances are that maturity in fiscal matters will be forced to yield to irresponsible vote buying." Cocaine Threat Is Outlined Christmas Gift Jason Dittmer, 3, Lake Forest, III., meets Goldie, a four-month old golden Labrador. The dog, for which Jason's grandfather paid is the boy's Christmas gift. The grandfather, Ray E. Fried- man, Sioux City, paid the record amount during the 38th annual auction of the Ancient, Independent and Effervescent Order of Little Yellow Dogs. Jason's father, Tom Dittmer, added for Gol- die's security blanket, a throw rug. Proceeds from the auction, as well as contributions from mem- bers of the order, help provide Christmas gifts for needy familieis through the Sioux City Jour- nal's Mr. Goodfellow program. lowans Ready For Non-Farm Investment Curbs DES MOINES (AP) lo- wans are ready for curbs on corporate, foreign and other non-farm investments in agri- culture, says the president of the Iowa Farmers Union. "Our contacts with Iowa voters rural and urban indicate growing concern for the future of farming in this said Lowell E. Gose of the union. "We see a clear call for legislation to limit fur- Iher invasion of non-farm in- terests into Iowa agriculture. "We will join with others in seeking passage of restrictive legislation in the coming gen- eral assembly. People are keenly aware of what "the oil corporations have done to them, and they are in no mood to have the same thing happen with food." Gose said state lawmakers are getting the same signals from voters. He expressed .great satisfaction with the number of lawmakers who participated in the recent se- ries of corporate farming hearings sponsored by Fann- ers Union. White House Report Is Scheduled On Foreign Investers in U.S. By Roger Linehan DES MOINES (UP1) Al- though indicating there are il- licit drugs with more serious effects being used in Iowa, a Miami, Fla., researcher says lowans should be concerned about the use of cocaine in the state because "it is a danger- ous drug and we don't know much about it." Dr. Carl Chambers of the Miami-based Resource Plan- ning Corp. was in Iowa last week to present the findings of his firm's 120-day study into tho drug use in the Hawkeye stale. His researchers found the most-used drug in Ihc slate was marijuana with a project- ed regular users, while "speed" has an estimated 900 users, cocaine has believed steady users and her- oin, has possibly as many as current regular users. The Iowa drug abuse au- thority released Ihe prelimi- nary findings last week result- ing from a four-month study begun last April. Fred Brinkley, jr., IDAA director, said the material col- lected through research in regular and underground drug sources will be used to create a drug policy for Ihe stale. Drug Problem "My feeling is it is possible to rank the drug problem in Iowa by Chambers said. "If I were going to work in drug prevention I think I would probably focus first on illegal amphetamine use. I think I'd concentrate secondly on cocaine and take psychedl- ics next. The next worry would be about sedative abuse and only after I'd addressed those would I concern myself with heroin. The others repre- By Al Swcgle A White House task force is expected to release a report in late January dealing with the issue of reporting activities of foreign investors in Ihe United States. An interim report from an- other survey is expected in about a year on the extent of foreign investment in Ihe United States. The survey is being conducted under the for- eign investment study act pas- sed earlier this year. Investigative articles in The Gazette last week showed Ital- ian and West German busi- ness men buying farmland in Iowa are taking advantage of vague land rcporling laws to bide their identities. National Security George Ingram, staff con- sultant with the house foreign affairs committee, noted the U.S. has prohibited foreign in- vestments in areas where na- tional securily is involved, such as Ihe defense industry. "Foreign individuals are prohibited from investing in defense firms because of natu- ral security Ingram told The Gazette. "The problem with land is not so much foreign investors, but absentee land owners. Perhaps we should not just insist on registering foreign investors, but outside inves- tors as well." Ingram said the foreign in- vestment study act calls for a benchmark survey on the eco- nomic and social impact for- eign investment is having on industries in the U.S. An in- terim report is expected to be published in a year and the fi- nal report will be published in a year-and-a-half. Gather Requirements The White House council on international economic policy is cataloging all the federal reporting requirements for foreign firms. This report is due in the latter part of Janu- ary. The White House report is being conducted in response to a bill proposed by Sen. How- ard Metzenbaum (D-Ohio) last September which would re- quire foreign investors to re- port their investments to the federal government. On Probation DES MOINES (AP) Mar- sha Parczeck, 19, Iowa City, was placed on three years pro- bation Monday after she pled guilty in U.S. Districl Court to charges lhal she ille- gally imported Iwo grams of cocaine into the country. best wishes to you... May the true meaning U life In year hearts In Jiy and Peace from all of at PAINT and WALLPAPER JJJ-SUt Avenie SE sent a considerably larger population." Chambers said the use of cocaine is primarily for recre- ational effect and is five times more prevalent than heroin. Al the heavy-involvement level, cocaine use is three times greater than heroin. Dangerous Drug "While a number of us might accept Ihc relative harmlessness of marijuana, we're not willing to accept co- caine is as harmless as many people Chambers said. "It is a dangerous drug and we don't know much about it. "Cocaine use is spread throughout Ihe Cham- bers said. "I found it all over the state. t "Something that's involving five limes more people has lo be perceived at least as a greater potential social prob- lem. Whether it has the same Mason City Company Buys Ambulance MASON CITY (UPI) Ma- son City ambulance operator Leon Snell said he got "a real deal" when he paid for the ambulance custom made for Ihe Marcus Welby, MD tel- evision show. Iowa Unemployment Lowest 7 of 10 Months DES MOINES (AP) Iowa has had Ihe lowest unemploy- ment rule in Ihe nation for seven {if the firsl 10 months of the year and has ranked among Hie jSix lowosl since 1957, slate officials said Mon- day. Abe dayman, chairman of the Iowa employment security commission, said the low un- employment is due to the slate's agriculturally oriented economy. The nation's unemployment was (i.5 percent in November while Iowa had three percent unemployment. Iowa's stand- ing in November has not yet been determined. Snell said the vehicle cost around lie first saw it in Battle Creek, Mich., in 1970, when the ambulance was newly-created. He said he was looking for a coronary unit when lie first saw the "made for television" vehicle and Ihoughl it would be adaptable for his purposes. "It was a real deal. It's a whole emergency room on said Snell of his possession. lie said some minor adjust- ments to Ihe ambulance were necessary, but he believes it was Ihe best unit he could buy. Senior Citizen Buses Cedar Rapids System Telephone 363-8244 Area Ten (SEATS) In Cedar Rapids 398-5605 Elsewhere 800-332-59M risk for becoming a personal problem is still open to ques- tion because it certainly doesn't have the heroin addict- ing problems." Cocaine's Expense He said the expense of co- caine is draining money, from Ihc economic system and pointed out the significanl danger of underworld dealings in the drug. He explained good quality cocaine in Des Moines costs to per gram.while good quality cocaine in Cedar Rap- ids sells for to per gram and in Waterloo at to In comparison, heroin of good quality sells for per bag or a spoon in street terms. In Waterloo, Chambers pointed out the poor quality "smack" sells for about to a bag and per spoon. Chambers said the approxi- mate users of heroin is probably normal. "We have detected a pocket of heroin users in Waterloo who are heavily involved in heroin and since there is no narcotics treatment program in Waterloo there is no where for them to he said. Concerning the average her- oin user in Iowa, he said, Ihe "typical user-in quotes" would be a black male be- tween the ages of 24 and 35. But, he added, that's a gener- ality. As far as cocaine. Cham- bers said, "There's a real probability or at least a possi- bilily lhat females are over- represented in cocaine use. It would be the only illicit drug in which females are over-rep- resented. Our feeling is it's at least a 50-50 split and there may be more females. That's only an impression, however." Back Row left to right: Fred Bjornson, Onias Shifflett, Betty Smykil, Wayrio McNeal, Richard Cooper; Front Row left to right: Lauri Hendrickson, Janico Mastorhan, Kathy Symonette, Carol Reece. "HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY" AMERICAN INSURANCE Associates. Inc. 810 First Avenue N.E. Cedar Rapids, Iowa Phone 319-362-1161 ;