New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 13, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 92 - No. 51 66 Pages-4 Sections (USPS 377-8801
Conference attracts Texas leaders
Hobby calls Texas
Economy, energy intertwined —panel
ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer
Energy, unemployment and the general state of the economy — those are the concerns national leaders will have to deal with in coming months, agreed panelists at Friday’s legislative Conference Outside that three-sided tangle (for each issue is hopelessly intertwined with the others), there isn’t much left to talk about. But panelists agreed that in any case, there’s no easy way out of the triangle.
“There are two kinds of economists — those who don’t know, and those who don’t know they don’t know," quipped Hay Marshall, who served as U S Secretary of l.abor under the Carter administration. Marshall was joined in discussion by
former Secretary of Energy Charles W. Duncan and U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen Ben F. Love, who replaced the late I^on Jaworski this year as chairman of the conference advisory committee, served as moderator.
“One of our most serious problems we face is that a lot of our problems have been internationalized.’* Marshall added. “While our means of dealing with them are still national."
Energy seems to be a case in point. Though the current Middle Eastern oil glut has driven prices down for the time being. Duncan said Americans could never afford to take the supply for granted again.
“The problem really gets back to the dependency on oil and gas to fuel this country. I think we TI be importing oil from
now on ... and from a part of the world that’s very volatile in a political sense." Duncan said He would favor a strategic petroleum reserve, and some form of natural-gas decontrol. But development of alternative forms of fuel is the most important question to be faced, Duncan said.
“Mr. Duncan is in the oil and gas business." noted the third panelist. U.S. Sen IJoyd Bentsen. "But he can still see what's best for our country ."
The trouble is, there are some pretty serious obstacles (mostly economic ones I blocking alternative energy development, Duncan noted.
"Take a coal-gasification plant, for
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State panel debates DWI, education
Bv DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
The question “What is the legislature going to do about the DWI i Driving While Intoxicated i problem'’” The response was a long silence
Panel members took turns looking at each other, then Sen Ike Harris of Dallas grabbed his cup of water and said, “l^et me have a drink, and think about it."
That scene during the state issues session ot the Texas legislative Conference Fnda> got a few chuckles. But the laughter didn t last long, and panel member Wilhelmina Delco took the first step
“I have a problem with strengthening laws just for the sake of strengthening laws. I think there are laws on the books now that could deal with at least 90 percent of the situation." said Delco, state representative and chairman of the Committee on Higher Education. “I’m not sure the solution is throwing them t drunk drivers) in jail, and I’m not sure that raising the drinking age will help either."
Delco stated matter-of-factly that she had voted down the raise from 16 to 19. adding "I can think of 40 year olds who are not arbitrarily responsible.
“The laws we have encourage people to drink. People can drive with open containers, but I’m not sure I’m against that
either,” Delco said. “I do know that seeing names in the newspaper is a deterrent. But I have a problem with trying to legislate the DWI problem away.”
Sen. Harris, chairman of the Economic Development Committee, told the audience that legislation "is being introduced that will concentrate on repeat offenders and treatment. But the outcome will have to take all areas of the criminal justice system into consideration Harris was also asked it there will be a state income Lix in the future. No," he quickly replied The Public Utility Commission F’UC i
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Bv JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Texas is not as recession proof as some might think. Currently the state’s finances are in "critical shape," LL Gov. Bill Hobby said Friday.
They got that way due to decreasing federal, state and local revenue — in addition to population growth that requires more state services. Hobby noted at the noon luncheon of the Texas legislative Conference.
Hobby, re-elected to his third term in November, said the Texas legislature can deal with the state’s financial dilemma in one of two ways.
• We have a choice of raising taxes (through a tax bill) so as to have a state that we can be proud of,” he said. "Or we can live in a second class state w Uh all the services run down.
“The choice is distasteful , between passing the first tax bill in 12 years or living in a state where public services, .are second class," he said. “I cast my vote for a first class state. ’ ’ Hobby’s remarks at the 17th annual legislative Conference, followed his presence Thursday at a 34 hour special session of the Texas Senate called to discuss state’s finances.
State budgets proposed earlier by the legislative Budget Board, former Gov. Bill Clements and present Gov. Mark White, who just last week revealed las 1984-85 budget proposal, were discussed at this meeting, Hobby said.
"There were broad areas of agreement...all said that more major sources of increased revenue are required,” the lieutenant governor noted.
White’s state budget — the latest being studied by legislators — is approximately $1.3 billion short of the estimated revenue for 1984-85, according to tile office of Comptroller Bob Bullock.
But Hobby called Bullock’s latest revenue estimates "still optimistic, although he noted that the “comptroller is not playing games with the numbers."
Looking to the state’s future, Hobby said approximately "160,000 new jobs
a year are going to have to be found to maintain the same level of prosperity and employment.
“And where are these jobs coming from?" he questioned the Civic Center crowd "Clearly not" from the state’s "heavily energy-based economy" or agricultural industry.
The additional jobs “will have to come from high-tech industry," he said. Which means “we’ll have to have fine, sophisticated, available education systems at all levels.
"We can learn from other states that have had to” adjust for changing technology, he noted. "We can learn tricks from Massachusett, North Carolina and California ..on how they attract and maintain this type of industry.”
Texas’ education system — at all levels, will be a main key in how well the state “meets the challenge of growth,’’ Hobby said.
The 24 million pupils now enrolled in Texas public schools will increase to 3 million by end of the decade and to 4 million by the end of the century, he said.
"Divide that number by 25 and you get the number of new classrooms...and new teachers needed," added Hobby. “And yet there’s a 7 to 8 percent drop in (new teachers.
“How do we attract the teachers?” he asked. "It’s been fashionable in recent years to say that you can’t (get) a lot of things through money...but in some cases you can. We have to pay them (teachers ) more money."
Higher education is also suffering what Hobby called "an alarming rate of vacancy,” because "salaries have not kept place with the marketplace.
"And when- there’s no longer that incentive (of good qualified professors) there’s bound to be a drop in enrollment,” he added.
Hobby expressed optimism that possible solutions to the problems of teacher vacancy might come from Gov. White’s "Task Force on Jobs." Part of the charge of this committee includes education, said Hobby.
It will be cloudy today with a 30 percent chance of ram, decreasing cloudiness tonight, and partly cloudy Monday. Winds will be from the southeast at 10-15 mph today. High today will be near 70, low tonight in the low 50s, and a high Monday in the upper 70s.
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Many Texas leaders attended the 1983 Texas Legislative Conference, to talk about important issues and to honor Texan of the Year Lloyd Bentsen. Above, Bentsen (left) and Charles W. Duncan, Jr. listen to Ray Marshall make a point during the national issues panel discussion. Below New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce
Staff photos by CmOy Hiihj/dy.'i
president Donnie Seay presents a check to Wanda Timmerman on behalf of the Friedens United Church of Christ in honor of the late Leon Jaworski Jaworski, a former Texan of the Year, headed up the conference advisory committee for a number of years before his death.
Monday agenda includes streets and golf fees
City council faces long night
Streets, annexation, rezoning and new golf fees may keep the City Council busy for hours on Monday night. A regular meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Council has been deliberating for more than a month on City Manager E N. Delashmutt’s list of streets in need of new asphalt overlay. Since the estimed cost of all the projects exceeds the $139,500 set aside from federal revenue sharing funds, Delashmutt wants the council to arrange the streets in order of priority.
He has picked out 25 stretches of worn pavement, seven left over from last year’s priority list, plus 18 new ones.
To help the council make its decision, the city staff has assigned each street a rank of I through 4, based on its general condition and level of use. Council members may rank streets as they please, however. They may also choose to delete some from the list, and add others tliat Delashmutt hasn’t thought of yet.
Council will decide whether to proceed with the annexation of strips along Krueger l^ine and EM 1863, as reconunended by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The comnussion has also recommended rezoning ll acres in Walnut Estates ZH, permitting zero-lot-line homes. A public hearing will be held on this
issue before the council votes Monday An amended municipal golf course ordinance passed its first reading at the Feb. 28 meeting. Chances are it will be amended again before the second reading, because the Golf Course Advisory Board came up with a new fee structure last week The council rejected the board's first plan, which would have forced New Braunfels’ visitors to pay higher annual green fees than residents. This provision was deleted from the ordinance before the vote, and the golf board was asked to look for a more equitable way of raising needed funds
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NBISD board to set bond vote
If at first you don’t succeed, just put it to another vote.
Trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School District plan to call another bond election when they meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the high school library
The last bond proposal, a $9.3 million package presented Feb. 12, was defeated 1,004 to 846 Two weeks ago, trustees decided to call another election for May 14. They’ll have to make a decision tonight as to just what they’ll put on the ballot.
Some people think that $9.3 million was just too much for people to swallow in one gulp, so trustees have considered trying to cut down the proposal.
Others think it was chiefly due to lack of publicity that the bonds didn’t pass, and that the board should go for the whole package again.
In a special meeting March I, the president of the New Braunfels Educators’ Association told the board there really wasn’t anything to cut. Trustee Gene Scott agreed, saying “We need all of this immediately. None of this is what we’re predicting we TI need in five to IO vers.”
Trustees have also considered breaking the bond proposal into sections and allowing separate votes. If they can reach a decision, the election will be formally announced Tuesday night.
The issue of band uniforms, brought up at a previous meeting, is also on the agenda.
About this tune every year, trustees have to decide whether to participate in a supply-purchasing cooperative for another year, listen to reports from the textbook committee and hand out teacher contracts for the fall term. The board will consider local overscale pay, acknowledge the departure of retiring employees, and possibly convene in executive session to discuss the personnel slate for next year.
Also on the agenda are a proposed KOTO* trip, a policy recommendation and payment of engineers’ and attorneys’ bills.