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Greenville Record Argus (Newspaper) - April 5, 1986, Greenville, Pennsylvania Minimum wage hike gathering momentum Baycar Shulse record Argus Washington Bureau Washington a a new drive to boost the $3.35 hourly minimum wage is gathering momentum in Congress. Created to assure workers of earning enough to feed a family during the depression the minimum wage has become a Staple of americans business diet. But it Hasni to been increased for five years and some in Congress Are complaining that minimum wage breadwinners Are being shortchanged. In recent weeks three separate klans to hike the current minimum curly wage by varying degrees have been introduced in the House by lawmakers who say the wage has t a of Pace with the Cost of living soliciting support for his plan in a kept Pace with the Cost of living. Soliciting support for his plan letter to his colleagues one representative pointed out that a full time minimum wage earner will take in $6,968 annually compared to a federally set poverty level of $8,900 for a family of three a the Gap Between what the government says people need and what it says they must be paid must be closed a wrote rep. Pat Williams a Montana a la Bor oriented congressman who has introduced what Many consider to be the most acceptable minimum wage plan. The Williams proposal would raise the minimum wage by 5 percent annually a about 17 cents the first year a until it reaches 50 percent of the average private wage As determined by the Bureau of labor statistics. The wage would then be increased annually by the percentage Rise in the hourly wage. Rep. Mario Biaggi d n y., has the same goal in mind but his measure would accelerate the process increasing the minimum wage by 50 cents in 1987 and 55 cents in 1988and 1989 rep. Gerald Kleczka d-wis., has proposed raising the wage by 30 cents in 1987 and again in 1988 with Williams and Biaggi positioned As influential members of the education and labor committee the proposals Are certain to get a hearing this year. But no one in Congress expects a minimum wage hike to be passed without a hefty shove from organized labor. And representatives of Al Cio Are not certain they Are ready to make the minimum wage hike their top priority. I done to anticipate we will be Given marching orders to push it this year a said Ray Power a lobbyist in the National Headquarters of the labor organization. Worried about what will happen to the proposal in the Republican Senate the Bill a sponsors and labor backers appear Content to air the Issue in the House this year and reap the obvious Campaign benefits As lawmakers seek re election. The real push will come in 1987, after elections that could change the face of the Senate. A we have agreed with labor that this is not the Best climate in the said an aide to con Gressman Williams. Backers of a boost in the minimum wage fear members of the Senate will seize upon the Bill As a Way to enact a sub minimum wage for teenagers a proposal hotly opposed by organized labor the Reagan administration has been touting the sub minimum wage As a cure for High teenage unemployment. Under the concept youths could be paid three fourths of minimum wage creating a savings for businesses willing to hire the often unexperienced workers. But labor groups say the sub minimum wage would encourage businesses to substitute younger cheaper employees for older workers More dependent on minimum wage jobs As a primary source of income. The new debate Over minimum wage was sparked by a report from the National Council on employment policy which found that the value of the wage has eroded by 26 percent since the last hike in 1981 Ana is now at its lowest real level since 1955 the Council which includes Ray Marshall labor Secretary in the Carter administration recommended a series of gradual increases much like the Williams Bill the record Argus your local newspaper serving upper Mercer county a this is the Only thing Congress can do for the working poor without raising the Federal deficit while causing relatively Little Job loss a said Var Levitan director of the employment policy Council. But the Reagan administration and business groups say the minimum wage hike in t needed and will Only cause greater unemployment among americans youth. A we feel unemployment is too High to take action that is going to Cost jobs a said Mark a. A Bernardo manager of labor Law for the . Chamber of Commerce. He said the last increases enacted in 1977 and spread Over four years Cost an estimated 644,000 jobs. A it forces the hand of employers to become More labor efficient a said de Bernardo. In addition opponent it r iut minimum wage boost argue that companies in Many parts of the country Are already having to higher than minimum wages to attract workers at fast food outlets retail stores and restaurants Levitan said that phenomenon is not wide spread a that exists Only in a few areas of the . Where there Are labor shortages a said Levitan who called evidence to the contrary a a anecdotal and undocumented. Kleczka the Wisconsin lawmaker pressing for the two 30-cent increases offered an argument that might be attractive to his More conservative colleagues raising the minimum wage would Cut Down on the number of people seeking Public Aid Quot it May not solve All of the present ills which plague our welfare system. But it will buy a lot More food and clothing for our struggling Low income workers than a study a he said showers thunderstorms see forecast Page 3 137th year no. 81 Greenville pa., saturday april 5, 1986 want ads 588-5000 25 cents daily. By carriers si.35 weekly a first glance a crime watch meeting thursday a meeting of West Salem crime watch will take place thursday at West Salem township fire Ball beginning at 7 30 p m officer will Webster crime prevention officer for Greenville fest Salem police department will coordinate the program and provide information on crime prevention. A film provided by the National child safety Council advising residents How to protect themselves and their families will be shown All residents of West Salem township Are invited to attend candidates must file expenses Mercer a All candidates and committees supporting candidates running for state office in the May 20 Pennsylvania primary election must file Campaign expense reports by tuesday the report must be filed in Harrisburg with a copy also filed with the Mercer county registration and election Bureau in the courthouse the reports must be Complete through March 31. Kindergarten registration set kindergarten registration has been scheduled for april 15,16 and 17 in Greenville area school District registration forms which can be obtained at Hempfield and East elementary schools Between 8 a in and 3 30 p m mondays through thursdays must be completed and returnee at the scheduled registration time. National debt passes $2 trillion Washington a the National debt which has doubled in the past five years passed the $2 trillion Milestone for the first time in history this week the government said Friday. The level was surpassed sometime thursday. By the end of the Day the total debt owed by the government stood at $2,008,201,000,000, according to a summary of the nations finances released each Day by the Treasury department. The size of the debt a the result of an accumulation of decades of deficit spending a came As no Surprise to government officials who anticipate that it will go even higher. Thursdays level was $70 billion below the current debt limit set by Congress last dec. 12 of $2,078,700,000,000. That ceiling was supposed to be adequate to cover spending through next sept 30, but Treasury officials say the administration probably will have to seek another increase in the debt limit before then. A deaths mrs. Robert m. Hazel Marie Gilkey 98, of 3 Shady ave. Eugene c. Emmett 30, of Ruff Sdale pa., formerly of Greenville. Mrs. Bessie m Sherbondy 46, of Val Persio ind., formerly of Jamestown. A lotteries a Pennsylvania daily.442 lotto .39 23 36 40 05 21 alternate.15 Ohio daily.3 i 4 pick 4 .4 909 a inside Ann landers.5 business.2 classified .8 comics .9 crossword.9 deaths funerals.3 or. Donohue 9 editorial.4 family news. 5 heloise.9 remember when.4 sports.6, 7 weather.3 Greenville record Argus uses 457-680 would bring $63 million in Aid plan targets Western Pennsylvania by Doug Davis record Argus staff writer Franklin state senator John Peterson. R-25. Introduced an economic Aid package Worth $63.45 million to members of Northwest regional planning commission at fridays meeting the focus of Prosper Pennsylvania Rural opportunities and strategic plan for economic revitalization is on easier Access to higher education. Under the plan More than $22 million would be used to encourage universities to open Branch campuses in areas not presently served buy equipment improve state owned and assisted universities and develop regional computer resource centers in undeserved areas Peterson compared the Cost of this fir Ogram with Philadelphia s request or $184 million for a convention Center the state Senate has already approved the Philadelphia a request but it is being held up in the House because of minority hiring problems he said two parts of the Prosper plan would increase employment opportunities directly the first would be to expand tourism by building a mini convention Center near Cook Forest. Busloads of tourists do not have anywhere to stay if they come to Northwest Pennsylvania. Peterson said a Motel occupancy runs at 95 per cent a he said building a min convention Center would offer a place for tourism to Start it would take $1.2 million to buy adjoining property and gain Access rights to Cook Forest. This would open the Way for private developers to come in and build he said. A the poconos do not compare to the raw natural Beauty of Northwest Pennsylvania a said Peterson. The second area of development that could Lead to More jobs is the finishing of Wood products. Most of the Wood logged in Pennsylvania is shipped out As logs or rough Cut lumber. Peterson said. A Pennsylvania hardwoods Are a hidden giant a he said. Brine disposal is another problem Prosper seeks to address the byproduct from Oil and Gas drilling could be reused a cheap method of removing heavy metals and salts from brine would create a Rich fertilizer he said this process has not been perfected to the Point of making Bitton brigade a Shirley Mcgranahan Carole Magargee Ada Peters and Roberta Knauf make up the Button committee from the Stra it Haven animal shelter s Board of directors. The four with Volunteer help Are making and Selling the wide variety of buttons to raise Money for the shelter. Record Argus photo by Jim Haines i. Button brigade opens stray Haven fund drive by Jim Haynes record Argus staff writer on May to members from the stray Haven animal shelters Board of directors will Man a table at Jamesway in Greenville Plaza Selling Large Metal buttons the proceeds from which will go towards financing operations at the shelter. The Crew will have its new Button making press Blanks and a Catalon of More than 1.500 designs from which to choose even More impressive. The workers can custom make the buttons using pictures stray Haven. The group consisting of Shirley Mcgranahan Carole Magargee. Ada Peters. Roberta Knauf and Volunteer Tracy Strader will sell the items at the Jamestown fair oktoberfest and the Lakeland festival for More information on buttons and designs available Call Mcgranahan at 588-5412. People bring be group pictures of children sweethearts the group can make buttons with pets or anything else. Key chains and magnets also can be made from the Button planks. The Money earned from the sales of these items goes towards financing operations at stray Haven buttons and magnets Cost $1 each and key chains Cost $2. This is the Only Active fund raising Effort for the shelter other than a request by mail for donations from residents. These items Are also available from Board members now and from any of the following locations Robes pets Thrift shop Courtney a car care Marshall a style Salon or suicide Mission cause of crash Beirut Lebanon apr a typewritten statement signed by two underground groups claimed responsibility Friday for the March 31 Airliner crash in Mexico w hich killed All 166 people aboard there was no Way to verify the note which claimed the mexican plane was sabotaged in a suicide Mission to retaliate for . Action against Libya. The cause of the crash has not been determined. The arabic language statement signed by the Arab revolutionary brigades and the egyptian revolutionaries was left outside news organization offices in moslem West Beirut. Members of the Greenville High school chamber choir prepare to Board the bus for their trip to the heritage music festival in Orlando. Florida. The group will perform in it economically sound but with additional Prosper funding research could provide the answer More quickly he said. Prosper also would fund research on better ways to use lower Quality Wood that currently is left to rot in the Woods. Particle boards and waste to Energy plants Are two uses being considered. Peterson said. To get the program started regional planning commissions would receive $500,000 to Aid marketing in each Region. The regions will try to attract More businesses and create jobs Peterson said. Les Spaulding of Mercer county Ai planning the Money should remain at the commission said regional the Mon regional level instead of being divided among local economic development groups the program has to be geared to the regional level he said. Peterson agreed with Spaulding saying counties would have to cooperate and work together if they expect to be successful Philadelphia and surrounding counties have worked effectively together he said Peterson has been working on getting parts of Prosper into the budget. The education and state Earks parts Worth $38 45 million ave been included but still May be deleted by governor Thornburgh if the rest of Prosper does not make it into the budget then Peterson will draft legislation authoring the spending Pennsylvania has the largest Rural population in the United states. Peterson said my Ida approves Metal Litho loan by Bill hand record Argus correspondent the Mercer county Industrial development authority Maida Friday officially approved a $600,000 loan request for Greenville Metal Litho. The Reynolds Industrial Park based Industry needs the loan to help for its building and lithograph equipment. Gene Smith Reynolds Industrial Park director told Maida members that the company had originally applied a via Greenville Borough a for >400.000 through the Urban development action Grant Udag pro Sam. And also applied for a loan rough first National Bank of Mercer county the latter loan for $600,000, was approved however within a week after the Udag application was sent in. President Lonald Reagan a rescinded Udag a Smith explained. Thus the application was sent Back Greenville Metal Litho had to find another Way to come up with the $1 million. Private investors were willing to offer $450,000, Smith said but that loan would be set at 15 percent interest w hich a made it All unfeasible a Mcdowell Bank however has agreed to loan the company $600,000. A loan which Maida took action to approve yesterday. The loan. Smith estimated will be about eight percent. Another $200,000 is being applied for through the Pennsylvania capital loan fund. Smith said he would learn about approval for this Money in april with these circumstances he said Only $200,000 will have to be borrowed from the private investors a whom he declined to name a at the higher interest rate Maida also approved a loan a so option of $270,000 for preferred ales inc., a brokerage and warehousing firm in Wheatland to Purchase and update the building it now is leasing Mercer county commissioners now must vote on the action. Sojourning singers the festival which runs april 4-7, with several other choirs from Texas Virginia and new Jersey. The choir will be evaluated by adjudicators from several area col Leges and universities. Trips to sea world Disney world and wet and wild Are also planned for the tour. Record Argus photo by Doug Roberts buyouts won t prevent overproduction of milk by Thomas Grose record Argus w Ashington Bureau Washington the whole Herd buyout program will probably help out . Milk production this year but the Industry will once again produce More milk than americans can consume according to a recent department of agriculture study. However the report said the annual surplus total a a. Might mask forces set in motion during the year that could result in 1986 being a turning there will be a a fairly dramatic difference in production Between the first and last quarters of the year said Jim Miller of the us a a very High production level and surplus will be marked in the first Quarter he said before the buyout plan gets underway. The buyout program is part of the 1986 farm Bill and is designed to encourage Dairy Farmers to retire to help curb production the us a will Purchase the entire herds of participating Farmers using Money earned by a special assessment on Dairy Farmers surplus milk butter and cheese have Cost the Federal government More than $6 billion since 1981. Last year milk production hit 143.7 billion pounds a a 6 percent increase a and there was a surplus of 13.2 billion pounds Miller said and though the buyout program is expected to make a Large production cuts this summer a an annual surplus this year will be unavoidable he said. There is no projection for How big the surplus will be at the end of 1986, he said the report says it probably will exceed the 1985 surplus Miller said annual surplus totals should begin declining next year. The most immediate Good effect of the buyout is that it a a. May keep the Rise in milk production below the expected Rise in consumer use. Indeed one of the More positive elements in the report is its prediction that consumer purchases of milk will increase 2 to 4 percent in 1986 consumer use of milk hit a record 131 billion pounds in 1985 a a 3 3 percent hike Miller gave several reasons for the Sharp increase in consumer Pur chases a a continued decline in real prices. Dairy products relative to other goods Are getting cheaper he said. A the Strong growth in the Economy. A and expanded program to promote Dairy productions in the Media

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