New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 29, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Herald-Zwfunp Tuesday. January 29,1985House Democrats wait-and-see on new budget
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats insist they are "not sleeping” while President Reagan and Senate Republicans try to strike a bargain (rn reducing federal deficits and may propose an alternative if a budget deal falls through.
In the meantime. Democratic leaders say they’ll give Reagan the benefit of the doubt and not seek to engage in partisan battles with him.
“Our strategy is dictated by our circumstances To be effective, we have to wait,” said Rep. Richard Gephardt. D-Mo., chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Reagan's budget will be submitted early next week The Democratic tactic of lading time on the budget drew criticism on Monday from the assistant House Republican leader. Trent Lott of Mississippi “At some
point, the Democrats are going to have to get on the playing field.” Ix>tt said after he and other GOP leaders met with Reagan at the White House.
‘What do they perceive is fair** When are they going to start considering the budget issue?” Lott asked.
However, Gephardt told reporters. “We have a role that’s to be played. It’s -not to be played at this time...We're not playing rope-a-dope, we’re not sleeping. We will have our alternatives on the table at the appropriate time ..You don’t want to do that prematurely.” At Monday’s White House session. Republican lawmakers told Reagan to hold off on tax simplification until a budget-cutting plan wins approval. Reagan met with GOP members of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee,
according to participants.
Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Treasury Secretary Donald T. Regan, the incoming White House chief of staff, was “quite amenable to the feeling we had to go ahead with the spending cuts first. The president by and large listened, did not specifically respond one way or the other ”
Reagan conferred separately on Monday with a group of bankers and home builders as he prepared for the release of his administration’s 1986 budget plan.
He told the home builders and bankers his plan would propose $51 billion in spending cuts in fiscal 1986 and would shrink the deficit to $140 billion by 1988 Reagan’s earlier plan was to bring the deficit down to $100 billion
within three years - a target now being sought by Senate Republicans as they try to forge their own package ofcuts „
During Reagan’s first term, House Democrats
developed their own budgets to compete with proposals offered by the president. But this year, they have generally maintained a low profile on budget matters — a tone set last week by Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill when he told Reagan that he would do nothing to block his second-term initiatives.
"He feels the election is over. Reagan is not going to run again. He’s been saying nice things about Reagan because he thinks ifs appropriate...Now is not the time to be partisan,” Christopher Matthews, an aide to O’Neill, said Monday.
Legislators study plans to raise revenues
AUSTIN (API — Three new proposed revenue raisers are under study by legislative leaders as they concentrate on ways to wipe out the expected $1 billion difference between state spending and income.
The staff of the Joint Select Committee on Fiscal Policy briefed Ll. Gov. Bill Hobby, Speaker Gib Ijewis and other committee members on Monday.
There were no recommendations from the staff, and committee members made no decisions.
Highlighted in the two-hour session were:
— Increased taxes for the fast-growing telephone industry, possibly a combination of sales and gross receipts taxes to raise $115 million a year.
— levying fees and charges to repay the state for handling storage
and disposal of hazardous wastes.
— Putting professional services and advertising under the Steve Stagner of the committee staff said the main problem with hazardous waste is that no one knows how much there is. “There’s probably 50 million tons generated now in Texas but with the present reporting system, we don’t know.” He said a major concern of any legislation should be to increase the reliability of reports on waste disposal and sites.
A flat charge of $2 a ton might raise $44 million to $53 million a year.
Stagner said the most workable legislation probably would combine charges for each load of waste plus annual fees for those who handle and treat it.
John Kennedy of the privately-financed Texas Research league said a special report showed sales
taxes for professional services and advertising would raise revenue but it would be a problem to administer and might adversely affect business There also is a question of federal constitutional problems — whether it would violate the freedom of the press guarantee.
“Fourteen states, other than Texas, plus the District of Columbia, tax advertising in some manner via a sales or gross receipts tax,” the report said. “Arizona is the only state that has a specific, direct tax on advertising space and time and that has been repealed and is in the last year of a four-year phaseout.”
In the 1984 special session, the House approved a tax bill that would have removed the exemption for advertising taxes in Texas’ current sales tax law. The exemption on advertising was restored in final
conference committee negotiations.
The league study said officials in other states, without exception, commented on the difficult administrative problems involved. In addition, the Texas comptroller’s staff has indicated that administration would be very problematic under current tax law
The study said that an argument that in-state media and providers of advertising services would be at a competitive disadvantage with out-of-state businesses, “ seems to have condiderable merit.”
Another angle, the report said, was that "direct mail advertising which is produced, assembled and mailed from out-of-state to prospective customers in Texas probably would not be taxable.”
San Antonio considering nuclear plant deal
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio City Council is considering a deal in which the city would get a bigger stake in the South Texas Project nuclear plant as a settlement in its multi-billion dollar lawsuit against the plant’s first contractor.
The complicated arrangement is one of a number of settlement offers. The council reportedly discussed the deal Monday night in a two-hour meeting behind closed doors with City Public Service trustees and officials, the San Antonio Light reported
Mayor Henry Cisneros, who earlier Monday said he would oppose the deal, deseribed it as one in which
builder Brown & Root Inc. would buy Austin’s 16 percent share for $155 million, or 25 cents for each dollar Austin has invested.
The mayor said, that as he understands the Brown ii Root offer, the contractor would split Austin’s share among the three reamining partners; City Public Service of San Antonio and the private electric companies in Corpus Christi and Houston
Brown & Hoot would continue to make Austin's payments on the Bay City-area project until it is complete.
Cisneros is the only official who would discuss the settlement talks publicly. His comments ended
abruptly after he was told that retired State District Judge G.P. Hardy has ordered settlement talks
be conducted as privately as
Other CPS and city hall officials declined to deny or confirm Cisneros’ description of the settlement offer. Cisneros said Monday morning he* opposes the proposed settlement because what San Antonio would get” is something he said it does not need; a bigger part of the South Texas Project.
Instead, he said San Antonio should seek a cash settlement so it can begin working on alternate energy resources, particularly lignite and
coal to augment its present, predominantly gas sources.
The partners in the $5 5 billion nuclear project are asking for more than $6 4 billion in damages from Brown St Root, but the amount could go higher because the partners are taking their case to court under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. which allows treble damages.
The case against Brown A Root and its parent, Halliburton Co., is due to go to trial in Hardy’s Matagorda courtroom this fall.
Brown St Root pulled out of the two-unit plant in 1981, shortly before the partners filed suit based on alleged breach of contract.
Lawyers get new jury in hazing case
BRYAN (AP) — Attorneys will pick a new jury to hear the trial of a former Texas AAM University cadet accused of hazing another student.
District Court Judge Carolyn Ruffino on Monday dissolved the six-woman jury chosen hours earlier after an attorney complained some members of the panel discussed the case outside the courtroom.
A gag order is imposed in the case.
"A new trial, with new jurors
and everything will be selected on Wednesday,” said a court spokeswoman who refused to give her name. She characterized the incident as “an infraction on the gag order.”
Gabriel Cuadra, 21, of Houston, is charged with hazing and tampering with evidence in connection with the Aug. 30 death of Bruce Dean Goodrich, 20. of Webster, NY
Authorities said Goodrich died of heat stroke after three upperclassmen got him out of bed and forced him to take part in early-morning “motivational exercises.”
An indictment alleges that Cuadra, the senior personnel officer in Goodrich’s cadet unit, knew about plans for the motivational exercises, which had been banned by A&M, and later destroyed an exercise roster after officials began investigating Goodrich’s death.
Kuffino declared the mistrial after Hank Paine Jr.. Cuadra’s
attorney, complained that jurors had discussed the case with spectators during a five-minute afternoon recess.
Bryan attorney Bill Vance, who represents three other cadets charged in the case, testified he saw an employee of County Attorney Jim Kuboviak talking to jurors in the hallway outside the courtroom.
That employee, Kaye Purifoy, actually works for the juvenile probation department, but is on special assignment to assist Kuboviak, chief prosecutor in the Cuadra cases.
Purifoy said she heard a reporter talk to the jurors and told the juror not to discuss the case because the trial was in progress.
Brent Manley of The Houston Post, testified he had asked the jurors if they had been told how long the trial was expected to last.
Manley said later the conversation was an accident.
"I got here an hour ago,” he said. “I had no idea there was a gag order. I was just trying to find out how long it would last.”
Hank Paine Jr., Cuadra's attorney, then asked for the mistrial.
“In light of all the evidence, I feel the risk is too great to continue," Paine said.
Glenn Lewis, assistant city editor at the Post, said he believed the judge declared the mistrial because of the jurors’ conversation with Ms. Purifoy. which occurred before Manley talked to the jurors.
Richie outpolls Prince at awards
l/)S ANGELES (API - The hiellow crossover sounds of Lionel Richie outpolled Prince’s ragged rock edge at the 12th annual American Music Awards, with a surprised Richie winning six awards and Prince, accompanied by a tat-toed bodyguard, taking three.
Kenny Rogers won three trophies on the nationally broadcast show. making him the all-time American Music Awards champion with a total of 16. The awards Monday night honored winners of a nationwide public opinion poll.
Tina Turner, Anne Murray, Cyndi trouper and the Pointer Sisters picked up two awards apiece during the three-hour ABC’ telecast at the Shrine Auditorium Offstage, Richie and producer Quincy Jones announced that several top recording artists including Richie, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen were joining together Monday night to record a song, with the proceeds donated to relieve starving Ethiopians.
Prince and Richie were nominated in eight of the same categories, and Prince had IO nominations overall, giving him a shot at breaking the record set last year by Michael Jackson, who won seven regular awards and also was the year’s Award of Merit recipient for career achievement.
Richie, who was host of the show, was honored as favorite male vocalist and favorite male video artist in both black and pop-rock categories. His video clip, “Hello,” was named favorite pop-rock video single and black video single,
“I cannot believe it. I was concentrating so much on making sure the show was going properly that when they kept calling my name I said ‘Wait a minute — this is not in the program, this is not in the script,’” said Richie, who had previously won seven of the awards.
Prince, the 28-year-old sensation from Minneapolis, won for favorite black single with “When Doves Cry,” as well as top black alburn and pop-rock for the soundtrack album to his hit film, "Purple Rain.” He electrified the audience into a swaying mass with a live performance of the title swig.
"For all of us, life is death without adventure,” Prince said after his third trip to the podium. "Adventure only comes to those willing to be daring and take chances.”
But the slim, androgynous Prince
apparently preferred to take no chances at the awards, with a hulking, tatooed bodyguard accompanying him even to the stage to accept his trophies.
Rogers' awards included one he shared with Dolly Parton for favorite country single for their duet, “Island in the Stream ” Rogers' LP. “Eyes That See in tile Dark” was voted favorite country album, and he also was named favorite male country vocalist for the fifth tune
Miss l*aupt*r was named favorite female vocalist and video artist in pop-rock, while Miss Turner picked up Hie same awards iii the black artist category. Miss Murray won
favorite female country video artist, and her hit, “A Little Good News,” was voted favorite country video single.
Miss Turner, whose first hit was IMO’s rhythm and blues smash "A Fool in l/ove” with former husband Ike, said her latest album, “Private Dancer.” was the result of a desire “to see what I could do on my own It just really shows I can do it.”
The favorite pop video group award went to Hue) Lewis and the News, who hit it big last year with an album called “Sports ”
Springsteen won favorite pop single for “Dancing in the Dark” but was not present to collect it.
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