Portsmouth Herald (Newspaper) - January 8, 1976, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Herald (N H Thurs. Jan 8, 1976 Reagan explains, explains, explains WASHINGTON (AP) .RoaaU Reagan descnbes his -SttVbillion budget-cutting plan a move to decentralize government power. An adviser I who helped draft it says if the Republican conservative can't 'sell the proposal to New Hampshire Yankees, he may "not deserve to win their presidential primary With Reagan's plan emerging 1 as a major issue. President campaign forces have "assembled an item-by-item of its price in federal to New Hampshire and two key primary They say the projected cuts cost New Hampshire at million in federal aid, possibly as much as That's not much in federal terms the current budget is billion it is in a state where the Budget totals million for the year and where there is state income or general sales 32 In Florida, according to the campaign analysis, the proposal would cut aid by at least and possibly by as billion. 32 In each case, the lower figure based on items clearly rZfnarked for elimination in the plan, and the higher one categories of aid in the he has said should be __ whole controversy is on -fefaper and almost certainly will there no matter who wins ijpQie presidency. The Democratic is not about to drop the domestic programs proposes to turn over to Hue states, among them such Tthings as food stamps, -education and welfare aid, lunch programs and -Sousing subsidies. It stems from a speech made in Chicago Sept. 336, advocating a transfer of which means resources and ''seventies to pay for them IS-oin Washington to state and -local governments Jeffrey Bell, Reagan's --campaign research chief in ipyashington, said the whole idea r-is decentralization of govern- Jjhent and enhanced local --authority. He said the Reagan will be happy to have campaigners take it up as 'Jn issue "We intend to make it a major ISsue. said Bell, a key of the original speech "We think and getting the Tlpwer out of Washington is a popular thing." said polls conducted for Tthe Reagan campaign -nationally and in New Hamp- Hahire support that belief "Northern New England is home of the town said in an interview "If we .can't sell the concept of -decentralization and local Itesponsibility there, then -'maybe we don't deserve to authority has failed to do the said in the original speech, "Indeed, it has ated more problems in education, housing, food stamps, Medkaid. com- munity and regional develop- ment and revenue sharing, to name a few.... "Transfer of authority m whole or part in all these areas would reduce the outlay of the federal government by more than billion, using the spending levels of fiscal the former California governor said. Keagan said that would make possible a 23 per cent income tax cut, and a billion start on paying off the national debt He acknowledged there might have to be state tax increases, so states could take over payments on the programs they decide to continue. According to a two-page account put together by Reagan's Washington staff, the proposed reductions would cut federal spending to a level billion below mat of the ad- ministration budget for the year that ends on June 30. Because of inflation and congressional spending increases, according to the Reagan analysis, the reductions actually would ex- ceed billion. Reagan had said mat would provide room for a OS-billion personal income tax cut and a budget surplus. But taxes already have been cut, at an rate, and the federal deficit is expected to total billion to billion Some reductions Reagan advocated already have been made. As a result, his proposal would add up to a budget with a relatively small deficit Among the programs targeted for cuts under the Reagan plan. housing and unemployment assistance programs now budgeted for billion would be eliminated. aid to public education, temporary jobs, Head Start, vocational training programs would be dropped, for a saving of billion. sharing with the states and cities would be en- ded, billion. stamps and child nutrition programs costing billion would be dropped. would be a cut through elimination of ur- ban renewal, city assistance and redevelopment and anti- poverty programs. Medicaid program, which helps pay for medical care for nearly 26 million lower-income Americans, would be dropped. 3-billion postal subsidy would be eliminated, with a requirement mat the Postal Service balance its budget "at the same time yielding its monopoly on first class mail." transportation aid, and all except interstate highway programs would be cut to billion would eliminate 7 billion for air traffic control, air safety and other air transportation programs, on grounds that airlines and then- passengers should pay for that. the heading of water resources and power, be would billion for public works projects which would end the federal payment for billions of dollars worth of projects now BHAVMGASALE. THAT'S It's big newa because The Diamond Store only has two major sales a year) Save on diamond watches! 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Reagan. Ma rival forlhc KiaaiMkie ereahhiaflil Waves goodbye RepeMkan presidential aspirrat RoeaU Reagaa waved goodbye to kk State Police escort ft the Manchester airport yesterday. Reagaa had Jast Haiabed a swtog tkreagh the state in preparatiM for Ma Republican presideatial prhnary Feb. M. (AP Photo) ia New Haav flaw Narth Careihu A Fard aide aetf Ike campaign, committee. the paB but added. "Aa wefet near Ike primary neita, aaypal I I IkBlffVkMI) JUMJ tflUI Harris poll reported that initial public to toe former CiMtoraii fovernor has been Harris said a 45 to 25 par eaat plurahty believes Raagaa "is ao ordinary patttkiaa because he wants to federal spending and cut back federal bureaucracy" 44 tottper cent agreed with RaagaA's hard-line stand towarfltaftsia. the last day of awing through Hampshire doing eseeoUally the same thing he did first two days defending hit plan to cut biBlM from Ike federal budget by transferring responsibility far ataay social and welfare profraautothestaUB. At aawa conference in Concord, he Mid his plan had baaa but he not cay who was nbvapnaenting it. Ford backers have pictured tbaplM as one that might lead to aew state taxes. New Hanaakire does not now have sales or income taxes. Reagan on the plan at 20% OFF CREWEL KITS Get started on your winter protect... lots of pillow and picture kits to choae from. EXTRA SPECIAL: and bargain boxes with kits off and more! 57 Bow St. on ttw WaTt in Portsmouth undetway. defense budget would not be affected, but Reagan would cut billion in military pension costs by putting on a contributory basis. Reagan's proposal is not necessarily to do away with all these programs; it is to eliminate mem at the federal level and leave it to state and local governments to decide whether to continue pay for them. After three days of campaigning in New Hamp- shire, which holds the leadoff presidential primary Feb. 24, Reagan complained that his plan has been misrepresented but added that he thought he had put the issue to rest. "I think it has been misrepresented when it has been presented as a billion tax he said Wednesday. "It was never anything of the kind." But it could remain a problem, with Ford allies pointing out at every op- portunity that elimination of major federal aid programs could force New Hampshire to levy an income or sales tax to finance them Reagan said in New Ham- pshire appearances that he wants a gradual, phased and systematic transfer of programs from Washington to the states would decide for themselves which ones they want to continue and finance. He said that he also would make available sources of revenue that now are pre-empted by federal taxes. Reagan also was at pains to say, and repeat, that he had no intention of doing anything that would force New Hampshire to adopt a sales or income tax. "It is not a case of suddenly dumping more taxes on hesaid in tiny Milan. NJH. He didn't say bow be money should be railed liar a state takeover ef federal programs. That, according to Reagan and his aides, is a matter for the states, not for presidential candidates. And when the tax Issue was raised repeatedly at a Concord, N.H., news conference Wed- nesday, an aide cut off the questioning. Reagan said his plan wasn't all that new, and named former Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt. Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy as men who had ad- vocated decentralization of government. 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