Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 12, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
4 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tues., Fob. I-, 1971
Farmers, Women Lash Iowa s Inheritance Tax
DES MOINES - Gov. Robert Ray struck a blow for women’s rights Tuesday, saying Iowa’s inheritance laws should be changed so that widows are treated the same as widowers.
He said he shares the views expressed at a house ways means hearing Monday afternoon that just because a bus band usually makes the money doesn’t mean his wife hasn't helped to build their estate.
“I’ve always felt it was unfair to assume that women contributed nothing to building an estate,” Ray said, answering questions at his news conference.
He said the idea that they hadn’t contributed to building an estate wouldn't be acceptable to men if they had to stay home to tend the kids, do the laundry, clean the house, wash the dishes and do all the other household chores.
Under the present Iowa law men receive full credit for whatever they have contributed to an estate, but it is difficult for women to establish what their monetary contribution has been without going to court to prove it.
As for doubling inheritance tax exemptions to $80,000 from $30,000 from $15,000 for sons and daughters, $20,OOO from $10,000 for parents and $1,000 from $5,-000 for grandchildren, Ray said he wished tile legislature would first take care of his budget and then determine of there arc sufficient funds left to absorb the estimated $4 million loss in revenue.
A remnant of feudalism exists in the way the Iowa inheritance tax law treats women, the house
ways and means committee was told Monday.
Representatives of several women’s groups said at a public hearing that when a woman’s husband dies, she is assessed in heritance tax on the full value of property they held in common unless she can prove she made an economic contribution to amassing the estate.
But when a wife dies, they said, the surviving husband often doesn’t have to pay inheritance tax on their joint property because the presumption is that the husband earned it himself.
“The law presumes that a woman who labors in the home has made no economic contribution to the accumulation of marital property,” said Roxanne Conlin, an assistant attorney general and chairperson of the Iowa Women’s Political Caucus.
She and representatives of other groups asked that the law be changed to create a “conclu sive presumption” that when spouses own property in joint tenancy, half of the property belonged to the surviving spouse.
“It is incredible to the caucus,” she said, “that woman who has served her family, her community and her society through her services as full-time homemaker should be so horribly disadvantaged after her marriage ends because of the death of her husband ”
Betty Durdan, appearing for the state commission on the status of women, echoed Mrs. Conlin’s statement.
can no longer be defended by the circuitous logic Chat her work is invaluable and therefore, not able to be rationally computed,” she said.
The committee is considering a bill to meet the request of the Women s groups, and also a measure to double the present inheritance tax exemptions for survivors.
The women’s groups, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and Iowa Farmers Union all endorsed both measures, as did Reps. Charles Strothman (R-New London), and Sonja Egenes (R-Story City).
The present inheritance tax exemptions under Iowa law arc $40,000 for a surviving husband or wife, $15,000 for each surviving child, $10,000 for a surviving parent and $5,000 for other lineal descendants.
Sen. Palmer Will Run for Lf. Governor
DES MOINES - State Sen William Palmer (D-Des Moines) Tuesday formalized his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.
Ile is expected to be joined in the race later this week by State Sen. Charles Miller (I> Burlington).
Palmer, 39, president of an insurance agency, said his decision was “spurred by the campaign abuses of the last general election, Iowa’s inequitable tax structure and the state’s extravagant spending.”
Ho purposely timed his an-j nouncement on Lincoln’s birth-; day, Palmer said, to reflect on! his statement that we have a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.” “Government by Wealthy” Judging from the abuses in campaign financing in 1972,
1972 from the 32nd district in Polk county.
Married to the former Evelyn Johnson, he is the father of two sons and a daughter.
Ile is a member of the Lions club, Masons and the United Methodist church.
He Ls a member of the senate commerce, ways-means and ci-ties-tovvns commit tees.
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On a Variety of Topics
Employe Millie Oldorf was given a 40 cent an hour raise.
Mayor Railsback urged town residents to write a letter urging Dennis Schuller, a prospective dentist, to reside in Mechanicsville.
__The need for a nursing home,
~i* He'also dii re-codifying the town's laws and ordinances and light for the softball diamond enabling night tames were discussed by the sacadi
MECHANICSVILLE - The city council approved $23,681.42 in disbursements for January. There were $20,944.48 in receipts for the month.
The 1973 street report indicated $51,390 was spent on the city’s streets.
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The need for a walkway and guardrail at the sewer plant was aired. Cost of the walkway will be investigated.
Mayor Tom Railsback asked anyone knowing of a citizen with limited income to contact him or Janet Ford. If they are over 65 or disabled, they can qualify for supplementary income.
The senior citizen housing project soon will be letting bids for another five-resident unit. It now has 13 applications on the waiting list, according to a report.
Permission was granted to buy an O.B. kit, a sling stretcher for bum patients and a tank of oxygen for the ambulance.
Councilman Hugh Lamont, jr., suggested an ad hoc committee be formed to find out plans for highway 30 and in
activities for senior
Lowell Close. Iowa Farmers Union president, said the exemptions haven’t been changed since 1931 and it is time for both state and federal governments to revise estate taxes.
Ray Questions Nuclear Plant Safety Aspects
DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Robert Ray questions whether the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) is doing an adequate job
Palmer continued. Lincoln’s
statement might be para- of policing safety and environ phrased into “government °f mental aspects of nuclear power the wealthy, by the wealthy and ip|ant construction. for the big corporations. i _ .. . _
This is something “we cannot j *f-v said that because of his allow to occur,” he told a newsdoubts, the Iowa commerce conference in the state house (fomnnssion is doing “some press room. work” to determine if a morato-
Palmer said he will work for ^ placed on the
____restoration of confidence and budding of additional atom-po-
With today’s inflated values of credibility in our political sys- generating Sta
ten! by making public all his tlons in l°"a-campaign contributions. Ray stressed Monday that he
He said he'll depend on ldoes not have the answer ,0 the small contributions from “ordinary people — the farmer, he wage earner and the business Titan out there along main street.”
Race For State Office
farm land, Gose said, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to convey a family farm by inheritance from one generation to another intact. Part or all of the land too often must be sold to satisfy the inheritance tax, he said.
Farm Building Fire,
Hay, Animals Lost
DYERSVILLE -Fire destroyed a 40- by 60-foot building
on the Jack miles south night.
Moore farm two!iow'a cure of here Monday independent
Authorities said 7,000 bales of ward, Palmer said. nay, 40 pigs and three sows1 were lost in the fire. Cause of the blaze and damage estimate lave not been determined.
question of whether the AEC is adequately protecting the public when it grants licenses for the construction and operation of nuclear power plants.
But, he said, the question tax sys-; about nuclear plant safety and
the disposal of radioactive be re- wastes from power plants “gives
rise for some concern.”
Ray said the builders of Iowa’s only nuclear plant so far, a strong dose of the Duane Arnold plant at Palo, thinking. a^r ejhave “done everything they can to make it safe.”
But still, the waste from nuclear plants “live for thousands The fact that one plutonium released
Palmer said Iowa’s tem must be made more equita ble and spending must duced.
“Fresh leadership and what may be properly called ‘the
needed to move the state for-
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Girl, 17. Killed
WESTSIDE (AP) - Cindy Ra-galler, 17, W’estsidc, died in a
Des Moines most of his life. He into the atomosphere could was educated in Des Moines cause lung cancer to nine mil-schools and attended Drake uni- lion people is “a pretty serious
versity. He was
elected state repre-
i thing.” he said.
Carroll hospital Monday follow- sedative in 1964 and re-elected ing a car-train collision in West-'in 1966. He was elected to the:
senate in 1968 and re-elected in;
DES MOINES - Less than a half day after he returned to his senate desk following nearly four weeks of Illness, State Sen. Floyd Robinson (D-Cedar Rapids) became a candidate Monday for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state.
“This came up fast and I know I’m not ready for it yet, but I’m going to run,” Robinson told The Gazette.
He explained that he had been giving some thought to running but not too seriously since he came down with a viral Infection the first week of the ses sion.
But when he got a call Monday from Tom Whitney of Des Moines, Democratic state chairman, asking him to make the race — that did it.
Robinson's four-year senate term does not expire until January of 197* so he will not have to resign to run for the state office now held by a Republican, Secretary Melvin Synhorst.
lf he wins the nomination and is elected, he would have to re-
Donaldson Tells Expansion Plan Of $1.1 Million
OELWEIN — Plans were unveiled at a city council meeting here Monday for a $1.1 million expansion program at Donald son Co., Inc.
Ed Mallom, plant manager, asked the council for support in issuing industrial revenue bonds to finance the expansion.
This will be the fourth expansion of the plant, which makes tractor filters, in the 20-years it has been located in Oelwein.
Plans call for a 42,000-square-foot factory addition east of the present factory, and a 4,000-square-foot office space.
Bids on the project will be opened next week and groundbreaking will be held in the spring. It is expected the addition will be completed 12 to 16 months following the ground breaking.
March ll was set as the date for a public hearing by the council on the issuance of indus
sign and a special election called to elect a successor to complete the last two years of his senate term.
Robinson, 35, a production line foreman at the Quaker Oats Co., represents the Nth senatorial district, which includes much of the Cedar Rapids west side, much of the west side of Linn county and a part of Benton county.
Iowa City Girl Is Serious after Hit, Run Mishap
IOWA CITY — Johnson county authorities are searching for a green and white pickup truck which apparently struck two young women on the South Sand road Monday night and left the scene.
Cheryl Holderness, 17, route 5, Iowa City, was in serious conch lion with multiple injuries at University hospitals Tuesday.
Julie Rundell, 15, Iowa City, was treated for lacerations and abrasions and released.
Police determined that the truck was southbound at about 7:15 p.m. Monday when the accident occurred.
The girls reportedly werp walking along the curb area when the accident happened.
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