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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Legislators Hear Pleas for Foster Care Funds f-c9*s I alive Notes by Frank Nye Sh aves Off Moustache --No Mistaken Identity DKS MOINES Every now and then look-alikes show up in the legislature, which is why State Reps. Joe Rinas (l> Marion) and Robert Krause (I) Fenton) sometimes are mistaken for each other. Rinas decided last Sunday to do something about it “because I didn’t want Krause lo be insulted.” So he shaved off his moustache. House members know now that Krause is the one with the moustache. (Editor’s Note: P.s.s.s.t! The real season Rinas do-moustached himself is because his wile, Jennifer, wanted it off.) RINAS Greater Love . . . GREATER love hath no man than to let his wife use the car, unless it is giving up his parking stall, even temporarily. On Wednesday representatives of the Winnebago Industries of Forest City came to Des Moines to tell legislators of their views about the energy crisis. Instead of button-holing legislators in the cloak rooms, or lounges, they brought along a Winnebago-built prototype bus, installed it on the east parking lot and met legislators there. They got a place to park thanks to Senators Jim Briles (R-(borning) and Joe Coleman (D-Clare) and Rep. Elmer Den Herder (R-Sioux Center), who gave up their stalls from 9 a m. to 2 p.m. These three gents were thanked publicly in a letter to all legislators, informing them of the Winnebago venture, signed by Sen. Berl Priebe (D-Algona) and Rep. Terry Branstad (R-Kelandi. who have Forest City in their districts. Snowstorm Is Blamed for Candidate's Late Report DES MOINES (UPI) — The campaign manager for Demo-erotic gubernatorial hopeful James Schaben of Dunlap said Wednesday his candidate had no intention of ignoring the filing deadline under the state’s C. R. Woman Gives $20,000 to Cornell MT VERNON - An additional $20,000 has been given to Cornell college by Mrs. Erroll L. Miller of 2600 Indian road SE. Cedar Rapids. This brings to $50,000 the amount she has donated for a memorial scholar ship fund The fund commemorates Mrs. Miller's father, Elmer A. Johnson, and her husband, Erroll L. Miller, a 1923 graduate of Cornell. The Erroll L. Miller and Elmer A. Johnson Memirial scholar ship will be awarded annually to deserving Cornell students who need financial assistance. The first recipient or recipients will be announced in September. Charles M. Cochran, acting president of Cornell, commented. “This endowed scholarship will benefit an infinite number of Cornell students. It is a fitting memorial to Mrs. Miller’s husband, who was a loyal alumnus, and to her father, who gave distinguished service as a trustee. We are grateful to Mrs. Miller for her continuing support of Cornell college." new campaign financial disclosure law. Records in the secretary of state’s office revealed Wednesday that the annual report on Schaben’s contributions and expenditures, which was due Jan. 20, had not been received. However, Sen. Cene Kennedy (D Dubuque said the filing was delayed because of a staff problem Kennedy said the financial disclosure report was “ready on Monday” and should have been filed. However, he said the staff member who had prepared the report was caught in a snowstorm and I could not submit it until Tuesday. Kennedy, who is managing the campaign for the senate (Democratic leader, said he thought the report was on file Wednesday. He said the Scha-;bon staff had “definitely filed a list of expenditures and con tributions" and that the report may have been delayed in the mail. Schaben, who announced h i s (candidacy last Nov. 5, came under the reporting requirement for the final quarter of 1973 and is required bv the new I law to file a report of any contributions and campaign costs. In addition, the January report is also the annual report by the candidates and their campaign (committees By Frank Nye DES MOINES Inflation is taking a continuing toll of foster homes iii Iowa, Cav Robert Ray was informed Wednesday by a statewide delegation representing the Iowa State Foster Parent Assn. The delegation, including several foster parents from Cedar Rapids and Marion, later urged a senate appropriations subcommittee to increase state funds enough to meet the cost of keeping foster children. Not Enough Cha non Varcoe of Cedar Rapids told the committee that even U.S. bureau of labor averages would not be enough to adequately repay foster-parents for the cost of caring for foster children. Mrs. Varcoe said the bureau’s standards would pro vide $92 a month for children up to 5 years of age, $149 for those 6 to 15, $181 for those Mi and 17, and $157 for those 18 to 21. She said these maximums are not enough “to meet the costs of care for foster children.” She and her husband have been foster parents to 37 foster children in the last seven years, she told the subcommittee, and that foster parents in Iowa save the taxpayers “thousands and possibly millions of dollars” under what it would cost to keep the children in state institutions. “I understand Annie Witten-myer (state children’s home at Davenport) costs about $981 a month (per child) and the training school for boys at Eldora costs $1,818.” Lists Concerns Leta Wall, resource supervisor of the Linn county social service department, said the concern of Iowa communities is: 1. Insufficient funding for foster homes. 2. The decreasing number of foster homes. During the week of Jan. 13 to 19, she said, her department received 22 requests for foster homes and that since last November there has been She (£rhar ftajiihB Qkizrtlr Established In IMS by The Gazette Co. and published dally and Sunday at SOO Third Ave. Se, Cedar Rapids, Iowa ?7406. Second Class Postage paid at edar Rapids, Iowa Subscription rates by carrier Ii cents a week By mall; Night edition and Sunday I issues $2.25 a month, $24 a year: Afternoon editions and Sunday I issues $2.50 a month, $25 a year Other states and U.S. territories $40 a year. No mail subscriptions accepted In oreos having Gazette carrier service. The Associated Press is entitled exclu- I sively to the use for republication of all the local news printed in this newspaper as well os all AP news dispatches. n decrease of 20 in the number of foster homes avail able in Linn county alone “An additional factor,” she continued, “is the loss of homes for teenagers and tiun-dieapped children. Many of our experienced I i C e n s e cl luster parents, needlessly burdened by fiscal inadequacy, are refusing new placements. “Others have indicated they will continue to provide for the children presently in their care; however, they too will not accept new placements.” Moreover, she added, only one-fourth of I.inn county families expressing initial interest in becoming foster home parents actually complete the licensing procedure. “Here again,” she declared, “the inadequacy of funding is the culprit.” Asks Legislation She urged the committee to recommend remedial legislation correcting “existing ambiguous law, and to provide for statewide, state-funded and state-administered foster-care.” She asked the committee for an appropriation to increase payments to foster home families to $92 a month for children up to 5, $149 a month for those 6 to 15, and $169 a month for those 16 to 21. Present payments in Linn county, according to State Sen. Tom Riley (R-Cedar Rapids), who took the group to the governor’s office and to the committee session, are $70 a month for children up to 5, $80 for those 6 to 15 and $110 lur those Mi to 21. Riley told The Gazette following the committee bearing that he understood the $2,750 million appropriation for foster care made by the 1973 legislature would permit raising p a y rn e n t s uniformly across the state to $90 per month for children up to 5, $125 per month for those 6 to 15 and $135 a month for those 16 to 21. No firm figure was produced at the meeting as how much additional state funding would be needed to bring the payments up to bureau of labor .standards. Estimates varied from $400,(HK) to $825,0(8) a year. Mrs. Varcoe, vice-president of Region 7 of the National Foster Parent Assn., Inc., spoke for the group in Governor Ray’s office. 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