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Citizen-Times (Newspaper) - July 24, 1964, Cedar Rapids, IowaGesdar rapids Iowa the citizen times state demos Call 13 Point 64 platform Agenda for Progress july 24 Page .5 meeting in Des Moines last week state democrats adopted a thirteen Plank 20-Page party plat form that was described As As Forward looking a party platform that has been adopted in in Many the platform touching on thirteen areas the democrats consider vital in the 1964 Campaign co vers almost the entire Gamit of Stclai economic and civic problems arid deals specifically with taxes education state government health and welfare labor free Dom economic develop Niento Home Rule Agri culture conservation reapportionment liquor control and highways. Following Are highlights of the platform adopted saturday in Des Moines tax Reform c ailing for the need to recognize change and to Stop spiralling property taxes the platform re commends action to 1. Equalize property tax assessments. 2. Transfer a greater share of the Cost of pub lic services from local property to state reve Nues. N 3. Institute a withold in g system for the state income tax. 4. Replace the monies and credits tax with a More equitable tax source. 5. Maximize the returns from investment of pub lic monies Between the time of their collection and disbursement. The Plank also called for greater citizen participation and understand ing of state budgetary re Rhu Irementa. Education voicing their interest in education the democrats stated that there should be but one class of Public instruction in a fifteen Point Plank was adopted on the subject 1. Increase state sup port of Public elementary and secondary schools. 2. Provide direct Grants from the National govern ment to the states to improve educational facilities 3. Improve clarify and simplify existing school reorganization Laws to effect the orderly Organiza Tion of school districts 4 develop meaningful approval standards to in sure a Quality education for All Iowa children. 5. Provide for the regulation of commercial and correspondence schools 6. Encourage counties to consolidate the office of county superintendent of schools 7. Grant the department of Public instruction authority to Issue High school equivalency certificates to qualified adults 8. Encourage Community colleges that would provide Junior col lege training vocational training in technical and distributive adult education. 9. Establish vocational tech tical schools to pre pare youths for a Voca Tion and to serve the needs of youths who have drop Ped out of school or who Are unemployed 10. Provide financial support of our state institutions of higher learn ing adequate to take care of increasing enrolments and to achieve higher Quality a state sup ported and administered College scholarship pro Gram based both on Abi Lity and on need. 152. Strengthen tonal and rehabilitation programs for the Handi capped. The education policy statement also included recommendations to appropriate Matching funds in order to receive Federal Grants and to map out Long Range capital improvement programs for the state education sys tem. Non presidential election years. 6. Give the governor the item veto on appropriation 7. Provide for annual session of the ral Assembly. 12., provide that a Bill passed by one House of the Iowa general Assem Bly must be brought1 to a vote in the other House. 15. Establish a com Mission to study constitutional Reform prior to the 1970 constitutional convention referendum. Health welfare commenting on social and medical Relief in Iowa state democrats put their position this Way our aim is two fold 1. To develop Public health programs that will protect our to develop welfare pro Grams that Point toward the demos took the Opportunity to castigate the gop s performance in the health and welfare area stating during the past two years the Republican controlled general As Sembly has reduced pub lic health injunction without a hear ing in labor disputes. 8. Ammend the work mens compensation act to allow an. Injured employee to choose his own doctor without penalty. 10. Enact a state Industrial safety Law. 13. Combine the Var ious state agencies hand Ling labor problems into one department. Freedom state democrats said in their platform that Iowa is meeting its responsibilities in the filed of human but called the task unfinished. To ensure equal rights the democrats recommended 1. Creation of a per moment commission on human rights 2i broaden the equal accommodations Law to co ver All business and professional places serving the Public. X 3. Assure equal opportunities in All Fields to All people. 5. Prevent Job discrimination on the basis of age. 6. Reduce the minimum democratic platform and unmentioned by the re publicans and More be done to Grant meaningful Home Rule to municipalities including the following proposals 1. Ammend Iowa s Constitution to strengthen existing statutes to give Iowa s municipalities meaningful Home Rule. 2, a continuing commission on state and local government to encourage better under standing of school Muni Cipal and county govern ment. 3. Repeal the outmoded and restrictive statutes relating to municipal functional funds. 4. Permit local govern mental units to enter into contracts to provide governmental services jointly or to provide for joint use of facilities. Conservation citing the growing de mands being put on shrinking natural re sources by an overgrow ing population state democrats urged the Fol permanent plan a by Par Rieve should contain to san redistricting Autho Rity and should Grant Ori Ginal jurisdiction to the Iowa supreme court in suits questioning the Validity of the distracting. Liquor control the democrats also pointed proudly to liquor by the drink legislation under the Hughes administration calling present liquor statutes a Law Lowans can x respect support and ing for some modification of the present Laws the platform urged 1. Ammend the state Beer Laws to eliminate conflicts Between these Laws and the state liquor Laws. Pc 2. Enact legislation making ambiguous sections of the liquor Law More specific. There was no mention in the platform of reducing costs to liquor License holders. Highways calling for the state gov t t arming Low a govern ment a nineteenth Cen Tury the demos urged structural and procedural changes within the framework of state government i the elimination of secrecy in legislative committees in the legislative interim com Mittee in senatorial formation of gubernatorial appointees and in administrative agencies 2, provide for a Short ballot with the governor authorized to appoint executive officers other than the lieutenant governor and state auditor making the governor chief executive in fact As Well As in name 4. Lengthen the terms of the governor and the lieutenant governor to 4 years provide for their election As a unit an in million from governor Hughes s asking for Aid to dependent children attempted to scuttle the medical Aid to the aged program and tried to re place scientific modern the Dogma of the Dungeon and the Chain labor looking for labors sup port in november the democratic platform held out some tantalizing re wards for labor help. Cal Ling Iowa s labor Force a bulwark of Iowa s stable the labor Plank called for action too 1. Repeal the so called right to work Law. 2. Enact a state mini mum wage Law to cover All employees not covered by the Federal mini mum wage act. 3. Ammend Iowa s unemployment Bompensa employment compensation Law to bring the pay ment of benefits closer to two thirds of the ave rage weekly wage of the rage weekly wage of the employee 4, eliminate the waiting period and disqualifying provision from the employment compensation Law 7, limit the use of the i Gnu Pic Mai Gram of safety lowing action in Conser democratic Pla Forni stated tne1 vation Public defender system. 8. Lower the minimum residence requirements for voting in Iowa. It was in this Section of the demo party plat form than an Appeal to reject extremism was made. Door recreation needs. No co Inyat 1 of accelerated Federal Grant in Aid pro of Driver education. The development blasting the state gop for its negative formulas the democrats poin Ted to a record of growth and economic accomplishment under gov Hughes in economic areas the platform re commended 1. Give greater support to the programs and activities of the Iowa development commission increased sup port to tourism promo Tion and travel develop ment. Create a climate favo Rable to the attraction and retention of stable and productive Indus and productive Indus tries. .6. Assist and promote the expansion of Indus tries now in Iowa Home Rule the demos congratulated themselves for their work on the 1963 Munici pal Home Rule act which was supported in the 1962 Grams. 3. Settle upon a per manent Iowa Nebraska Boundary 4. Protect Iowa s remaining wilderness areas. 7. Strengthen the state department of health to Cope with water pollution problems. 8. Issue free Hunting and fishing licences to Lowans 65 or older. Reapportionment the platform expressed Pride in the accomplish ments of the governor and democratic members of the legislature in effecting a temporary re apportionment plan and cited the june 15 opinion of the . Supreme court As a mandate for the next legislature to adopt a permanent reapportionment plan. Commenting briefly on the shape the democrats Hope that legislature will assume the platform stated. 1. The size of the legis lature should be As Small As possible to insure legislative efficiency and to reduce costs 2, to insure real and adequate reapportionment every 10 years the of Driver education the i i t Highway safety Plank noted that a Safe and efficient Highway system essential to the growth of Iowa s Nomy and the Well being of Iowa s and called for 1. An increase in the Man Power of the Highway patrol. 2. Compulsory seat belt1 legislation. Strengthening of the Driver education pro Gram 8. Control of billboards on interstate highways so1 Iowa May receive an extra million in Federal funds for additional High Way constriction l 9. Review the Tion of Road use tax funds1 to maintain a balance bet Ween primary secondary and municipal Road terns 10. Continue the improvement of Iowa s1 roads by eliminating Highway defects arid hazards and by lighting Rural intersections. . Platform highlights following state g. O. P. Convention

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