New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Governor signs budget
AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. George W. Bush has signed into law a $79.9 billion, no-new-taxcs spending plan for government services in 1996-97.
'This budget says state government in Texas can live within its means,” Bush said Thursday. “It has no new taxes in it and dedicates the lion's share of new revenues to the public schools.
"It addresses the Medicaid needs and makes sure that the juvenile justice system is adequately funded. It represents the priorities of Texas."
Bush said that despite his signature the measure isn't yet final. The governor said he still is considering several line-item appropriations that are subject to veto. He said a final version of the bill will be sent to the secretary of state’s office Sunday.
Rep. Rob Juncll, D-San Angelo, and Sen. John Montford, D-Lubbock, the state’s chief budget writers, joined Bush for a signing ceremony in San Angelo.
The spending plan reflects an increase of $4.7 billion, or 6.2 percent, over current spending.
Education receives the largest share of spending — 41.9 percent, or $33.6 billion, according to an analysis by the Legislative Budget Board. That’s a 7.3 percent increase over the current budget.
Spending on health and human services, totaling $26.4 billion, comes in second with 33 percent of the total. Spending in that area rises IO percent from 1994-95.
Most other areas of the budget —
including spending on the Legislature, regulatory agencies, the judiciary, natural resources and business and economic development — also showed increases. Spending on general government and public safety and criminal justice declined slightly.
As in 1993, the Legislature didn’t need a tax increase to fund services.
The lack of tax hikes contrasts sharply with the ferocious wrangling required in legislative sessions going back a decade.
The last tax increase, in 1991, totaled $2.7 billion.
The latest budget includes about $ 1.8 billion in such savings, including a cap on state employees.
House subpoenas target Texas thrifts
WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators reluctant to tell Congress about the government's problems in cleaning up the mess from the savings and loan scandal in Texas have been served with subpoenas ordering them to testify Monday.
The House Banking Committee served subpoenas Thursday on IO current or former employees of the Resolution Trust Corp., the S&L bailout agency, and three Treasury Department officials.
Meanwhile, top RTC officials in Washington have instructed subordinates to prepare a file on any and all contacts with the agency by members of Congress and current and former White House officials in relation to Texas S&L failures.
Banking Committee Chairman Jim Leach, R-Iowa, said investigators in the RTC’s Dallas office were reluc-News Briefs
•fustic* Plans to Roslgn
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Supreme Court Justice Jack Hightower says he plans to retire from the bench this year — a move that will give Gov. George W. Bush an appointment to the state’s highest civil court.
‘‘I’ve decided that I need to move on,” Hightower, 68, told The Associated Press Thursday. “I’m in good health... I plan to open a law office and practice law downtown (in Austin).”
Hightower, a Democrat, hasn’t formally announced his departure. But he said, ‘‘I do plan to retire, probably before the first of the year." *
The Republican governor would appoint Hightower’s successor on the court, which in last November’s election gained a 5-4 GOP majority for the first time since Reconstruction. »
The person appointed by Bush would serve until the 1996 General Election, at which time voters would chopse someone to serve out the remainder of Hightower’s term, which runs through 1998.
Slain Star’s Family Qots Movl# Offers, Continuos Tondlng To Businoss
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The father of slain Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Perez is planning to write a book and is entertaining offers from movie makers.
Abraham Quintanilla of Corpus Christi was in San Antonio this week meeting with a California movie executive, whom he refused to identify.
‘‘We’re listening to movie offers,” he said in Thursday’s San Antonio Express-News, adding that Selena’s family is considering several proposals from independent movie producers.
The talks are for a feature-length film in which Quintanilla wquld be actively involved. A book Quintanilla plans to write also may be part of the deal, he said.
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tant to testify for fear their superiors might punish them for cooperating with congressional investigators. The Treasury refused to allow its employees to testify voluntarily.
‘‘It is unfortunate that employees of the federal government in a regional office felt they could be forthcoming to the Congress only with the protection of a subpoena,” Leach said.
Leach authorized the subpoenas after Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., chairman of the Banking investigations and oversight subcommittee, told him that Monday’s scheduled hearing could not go forward otherwise.
Whether there have been improper connections between politicians and the once-powerful figures who ran failed Texas S&Ls is a question that lingers around the issue of the RTC’s performance in Texas. Now, that question could be answered.
In a May 23, 1995 memo to RTC General Counsel Ellen Kulka, agency attorney Thomas Hindes said that according to her previous instructions, RTC workers were compiling a list of ‘‘Republicans and Democrats in Texas -~ who was involved in failed thrifts and what did they do.”
Hindes, who is the national supervisor of probes into the role of directors and officers in S&L failures, also told Kulka that his workers would “pull all congrcssionals asking us to back off, expressing concern that we sue innocent people.”
Hindes added that RTC workers would “also check for any communications from people in this and former administrations.”
A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press.ObituariesAlfrod 'Shorty' Friosonhohn
Alfred “Shorty” Friesenhahn, of New Braunfels, died Wednesday, June 14,1995 at McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 83. He was bom July 7, 1911 in Comal County to Joseph Friesenhahn and Emma Barton! Friesenhahn. He married Ema Schwab on Oct. 8,1940 in New Braunfels. “Shorty” played bass fiddle and later, the electric guitar. He and his brother formed the group “Texas Ranchhands” and he also played with groups such as “Tall Texans” and “Crazy Cats.” He retired from Mission Valley Mills after 30 years of service.
He is survived by his beloved vyife, Ema Schwab Friesenhahn; daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy Ann and Melvin Zerchcr, and Geraldine and John Moore, all of California; son, Kenneth Friesenhahn, of Comfort; brothers, Edwin Friesenhahn, of New Braunfels, and Edmond Friesenhahn, of San Antonio; sister, Tallie Kocpp, of New Braunfels; 7 grandchildren, John Allen Riebcr, Lee Ann Friesenhahn, Matthew Zerchcr, Marty Zerchcr, Sean Conaliy, Christopher Conally and Katie Conally; 6 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A rosary will be recited Friday evening at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Saturday morning at IO a.m. at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church with Msgr. Edward Bily officiating. Interment will follow in the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Matthew Zerchcr, Marty Zerchcr, John Allen Richer, Ruben Friesenhahn, Ronnie Haccker, and Vincent Schwab. The body will lie in state until 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church or to the American Cancer Society.
the queen of Tejano music, was shot and killed March 31 at a Corpus Christi motel. Yolanda Saldivar, who worked at one of Selena’s clothing shops, has been charged in the killing.
Notions Agroo To Bool
Jointly With Futuro Ecomort-ic Crisos
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Agreeing the United States shouldn’t be the only one to chip in when other nations are going broke, leaders of the world’s seven richest democracies are joining forces to cope with future Mex-ico-style financial crises.
Details of the multibillion-dollar rescue package were being announced today at the annual Group of Seven •economic summit in this Canadian seaport, with attention also focused on the worsening situation in Bosnia and the
U.S.-Japanese trade dispute.
Clinton succeeded in getting a general agreement from summit partners Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Britain and Italy to double to $58 billion an existing line of credit run by the International Monetary Fund.
Sarojovo Fighting Escalatos
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Fighting escalated around Sarajevo today just hours after government leaders gave their clearest indication yet that they intend to silence Serb guns around the besieged city.
Rebel Serbs responded to government artillery assaults by pounding front lines and firing on a Sarajevo suburb with a tank stolen from U.N. pcacekeeprs last month.
U.N. observers counted more than 1,000 shells coming from both sides
since fighting began before dawn. "The Bosnians have initiated most of the action, but the Serbs are responding in kind,” said U.N. spokesman Maj. Guy Vinet.
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Almanita Pape passed away Thursday, June 15,1995 at the Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos at the age of 62. She was bom on July 9, 1932 to Bodo Dietert Sr. and Alma Babel near New Braunfels, where she was the youngest of 6 children. She attended Watson High School and graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1950. On July 7, 1951, she married Lloyd M. Pape at the First Protestant*Church in New Braunfels. She lived in the Zom community for 30-plus years where she was a member of the Friedens United Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband, Lloyd M. Pape, sons, Glenn R. Pape and Kenneth W. Pape, of Zom; daughter, Carol Ann Harrison, of Zorn; brother, Bodo Dietert Jr., of New Braunfels; and grandchildren, Christopher Cody Harrison and Rex Lloyd Pape. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Bodo Dietert Sr. and Alma; brothers, Sam Dietert, Earl Dietert and Jerome Dietert; and sister, Eva Timmerman.
Funeral services will be held at 2JX p.m. Saturday, June 17, 1995 at Fricden’s United Church of Christ/, with interment following at Lone Oak I-Cemetery. Visitation will begin Fri-*^ day, June 16, 1995 at IO a.m. until noon Saturday. The family will be; there to accept visitors from 6 p.m. to \ 8 p.m. Friday. v7sz!k
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Ruth D. Harper
Mrs. Ruth D. Harper, well know to * New Braunfels and Comal County'"» was laid to rest Thursday, June 8, 1995. She was bom to Mr. Lawrence and Mrs. Rosie Candady Hunter of New Braunfels on Nov. 19, 1905.
Mrs. Harper is noted on county books as the first African-American bom in Comal County. She was greatly involved in civic affairs and Business and Professional Women and the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Florence Johnson of San Antonio. She was a member of Live Oak Baptist Church.
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