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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, March 29,1995 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 3 A 15122 65122 89250 Kenmore W 43606 I (Mfr « KV32S10) Texas House passes $77.6 billion budget AUSTIN (AP) — A proposed $77.6 billion state budget for the next two years is now in the hands of the Senate. The House gave final approval to the proposal Tuesday and sent it on to the Senate, which is writing its own spending plan. A final version is expected to be hammered out later by a House-Senate negotiating committee. The House plan requires no new taxes and makes public education and prisons the state's financial priorities. Budget writers said the plan is the best they could devise in the face of increased demand for revenue from limited sources. “My job ... was to bring a bill back within available revenue,” said Appropriations Committee Chairman Rob Junell, D-San Angelo. “We have done the very best job we could do.” However, social services advocates say the measure is nearly $1 billion short of the funding necessary to maintain current services to those in need. “The sad thing is that what it means is our state’s most vulnerable citizens are put at even more risk,” said Dianne Stewart, head of People First!, an advocacy group for the disadvantaged. “We’re talking about women, children, people with disabilities, the elderly, families that are at risk,” Ms. Stew- The sad thing is that what it means is our state’s most vulnerable citizens are put at even more risk.’— Dianne Stewart, People First! art said. “The most basic services are going to be lost to them.” Ms. Stewart’s group estimates that 10,000 children from low-income households would lose child care services under the bill, while 15,000 elder ly Texans would lose community assistance. Under the House plan, overall health and human services spending would increase by $754 million, while Medicaid spending would build by nearly $1 billion. But budget writers acknowledged the increases fall short of that needed to maintain some social services at current levels. Junell said the state needs an additional $270 million to $300 million just to meet federal Medicaid requirements. The proposed budget is an increase of $2.8 billion, or 3.7 percent, over current spending. State gives companies permission to raise car insurance ratesObituariesEdna Earl Dabbs Edna Earl Dabbs, of Canyon Lake, passed away at McKenna Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, March 28, 1995 at the age of 83. She was bom Feb. 27, 1912 in Sapulpa, Okla. to Fred and Pauline Daisy (Fuller) Boyse and married Clyde A. Dabbs in San Antonio on Dec. 24, 1931. Her husband preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 1985. Mrs. Dabbs was a housewife and worked with her husband in his accounting firm. She also worked as a floral designer. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Braunfels and served in the Junior Service League at Port Lavaca as well as being active in various church organizations. She is survived by one son, Clyde C. Dabbs and his wife Joyce of Victoria, and one granddaughter, Courtney Dabbs of Victoria. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 30, 1995 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Braunfels with Rev. Robert Keith offi-ciating. Interment will follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Public visitation will be from 4 p m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until 12 noon Thursday at Doep-penschmidt Funeral Home in Canyon Lake. Memorials may be given to the St. John’s Episcopal Church Memorial Fund in New Braunfels. Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home AUSTIN (AP) — The benchmark rate for personal auto insurance will rise 3 percent statewide effective June I, State Insurance Commissioner Elton Bomer has announced. The benchmark rate increase is about half of the S percent to 7 percent increase recommended by two administrative law judges, who studied the rate case. Rate-regulated insurance companies in die state can charge 30 percent above or below the benchmark rate. “If the car insurance industry were one big insurance company, it would need a 3 percent rate increase to cover its projected claims and expenses and earn a reasonable profit,” Bomer said Tuesday. But he indicated that the bump in benchmark would not necessarily translate to a rise in consumer premiums. “This is a competitive system. It’s a flexible system. Some companies will Texas Briefs Health Car*, Crim# Fighting, I ervlcet Top Conference DALLAS (AP) — Senior citizens who want improved health care, crime prevention and better quality of life are not lobbying only for their own interests, government officials at a regional conference say. Delegates to a regional White House Conference on Aging Tuesday ranked a list of 35 resolutions as part of a proposed national aging policy. The five-state delegation urged equal access to a wide range of community and home-based health care, including dental and mental health services and prescription drugs, plus preventative programs. “They are not just looking at these goals for themselves, but for their children and grandchildren,” said Patricia Montoya, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service regional director in Pallas. “This group has already been there.” The 174-member group's top health care priorities also included residential and assisted living along with nutrition services. Officers Found Innocent In Dog Shooting Ca— ; GALVESTON, Texas (AP) —Two ^police officers, targets of hate mail from animal lovers from coast to coast after they were charged with using a stray dog for target practice, say they’re relieved that the truth is out. “We finally got to tell our side of the story after the rumors exploded to nationwide proportions,” said Greg Trantham, one of the Bayou Vista patrolmen acquitted Tuesday on animal cruelty charges. “The bottom line is, no animal was killed,” he said. Six Galveston County jurors found Trantham, 27, and John Overstreet, 32, innocent on the Class A misdemeanor charge after a week of testimony and a full day of deliberations. The two were accused of torturing and killing a stray Lhasa apeo and leaving its carcass on a remote road while on duty last Apnl. The officers insisted the dog escaped from them as they attempted to transport it to an animal shelter. Sanata Approves Voluntary Castration Bill AUSTIN (AP) — A prison inmate who has repeatedly been convicted of molesting children could choose to be surgically castrated under a bill that has been passed by the Texas Senate, "Those people oftentimes are victims of uncontrollable urges. Many have asked that they be able to undergo this treatment so they can end those urges and live a normal life,” said Sen. Teel Bivins, R-Amanllo, sponsor of the measure The procedure currently isn’t performed in Texas pnsons because officials are unsure about their legal authority and concerned about potential liability, said Bivins’ press secretary, James Hoard. No other state performs surgical cas iri se their rates, some companies won’t do anything,” he said, indicating company rate decisions are based on location, age, gender, driving record and other factors. “My job is to make a fair decision based on the evidence. I think I’ve made a fair decision,” Bomer said. Bomer also raised the commercial benchmark rate 11.5 percent, compared with the 19.2 percent recommendation by the administrative law judges. Insurance companies were pushing for higher increases in both benchmarks, but they were split Tuesday on Bomer’s announcement. Industry spokesman Jerry Johns of the Southwestern Insurance Information Service endorsed the increase, saying it will make coverage more available to all Texas drivers. “Whenever we have artificially suppressed rates, as has been the case over tration of inmates, Bivins said. Other states have experimented with chemical castration programs, according to medical ethics expert Arthur Caplan, who predicted a court challenge if the bill becomes law. Bivins said studies of castration in European countries suggest it dramatically lowers the likelihood of men repeating their crimes. But others say those studies aren not conclusive and there is no guarantee a castrated man would not hurt children again. "$19.95 in 1995" Deal Joanna Pleated Shades Buy One, Get Second for IOANNA* MINK,IMI OI, ■>* • 'N I >HI.I I,IM.I ll, (lf . ./lull or li’Kff I .I In. • Mo I ion It OH UnONIiIH', • *,*■> loll O', HOI IN, I.iUi ll Off. I loin! VMI The following Is a listing of tax preparing professionals. POSPISIL TAX SERVICE On The Plaza 625-6997 COMPUTERIZED TAX PREPARATION HOWARD MCELROY and Co., P.C. 755 N. Loop 337 Suite A 625-8942 Its not how much you make, it's how much you keep.m JOCHEM JOCHEC& JOCHEC, P.C. 457 Landa St., Suite H 210-606-6659 (Metro) Individual & Business Tax Retums-Electronlc Filing You or your business is invited to participate in Inis tax listing, which will Ain everyday until 4/14. Call Laura at 625-9144 for more Information. the past few years, insurance becomes less available to the average driver because companies are reluctant to offer their products at a financial loss,” Johns said. Susan Slivinske, spokeswoman for the Insurance Information Institute, however, said the group was “disappointed” with the decision. Correction Incorrect information was provided to the funeral home, and reprinted in an obituary for Randy Whitmire in the Friday, March 24 Herald-Zeitung. The obituary stated that memorials should be left to Alcholics Anonymous. That is incorrect. Barbara Whitmire, his wife, requests that memorials be given to Teen Connection. Sale starts Mardi 30 at Your Local Sears New Braunfels OZ finance charge for 6 months on all Brand Central purchases! • No hilling • No payments • No finance charge until September See below for complete details Ice. crushed ice and water Kenmore* Kenmore* SEARS Kenmore *229 Coch Scars low price Your choice Large capacity washer or large capacity dryer Each features 2 Cycles Whit* only 349.99£r«fr’ Save *30 Large capacity washer 8 cycles OOO OO Through April I. 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