Sioux Center News in Sioux-Center, Iowa 4 Apr 1974
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Sioux Center News (Newspaper) - April 4, 1974, Sioux Center, IowaLegislative report in it would seem that my Job As chairman of the appropriations committee in the Senate should be getting easier As the weeks go by. After All More and More Bills Are cleared out of the committee and More and More Bills Are being passed by the Senate. This past week was no exception. We brought out of committee a whole lot of Bills and put them on the Senate Calendar for passage. Then a Little later in the week the Senate passed a Large number of them. However most of them were minor Bills on which there was Little or no argument. The biggest one was an appropriation of some three million Dol Klaus of Highway department Money for the purpose of building a new materials Laboratory at Ames. This did not involve Money from the Iowa general Treasury since it All comes from gasoline tax Money that the Highway commission already has. Unfortunately it does not appear at least to me that my Job gets any easier. For some reason there seem to be More disagreements Between the House and the Senate this year than there were last year what it was like in years before i am not sure because i did t serve in that Posi to Len. Also the difference Between the tvo houses seem to have taken a Peculiar twist. Last year there was a lot of propaganda around indicating that the Senate was being too Liberal and the House had the reputation of being the conservative group. To some extent that might have been True. At least the Senate did Indi Cate a willingness to spend somewhat More Money than the House in some areas the reasons for the difference this year Are obscure. The House still remains quite conservative on such things As governmental reorganization like the organization of 3 department of transportation and the i joke. But on spending policies the reverse i seems to be True. For example the House Fias passed a Bill for raises to state employees which will Cost almost two million dollars More than the one the Senate Pas de. The House has reported out of its appropriations committe a Bill for capital improvements buildings acquiring land Aull Dong dams Etc for the conservation commission which is two million dollars above the governor s budget and one and half million dollars More than the Senate committee wanted to appropriate. The House has passed Bills Lor the construction of new state office buildings which would j Cost some five million dollars More than of f the governor s budget and so Forth. There Are numerous other indications of this kind of trend in such matters As the approach of the House to school Aid Bills and the like. Again they generally have gone for the higher spending approach. I am not sure whether to blame this on the fact thai the head of the appropriations committee in the House is now a candidate for Congress and has caught Thi spending fever which Congress seems to have or whether there is another reason. I am aware that there was much reluctance on the part of the House to accept the idea of repealing the sales tax on food and drugs some of the Liberal democrats wanted to go farther than just food and drugs and some of the conservative re publicans left that there should be no change at All in that tax and As a result the entire matter got rather mixed up. 11 would seem now that some people Are willing to go for the higher spending projects on the Assumption that if we pass them we will not be Able to repeal that part of the sales tax. On the school Aid Bills there seems to be another coalition of people who would rather keep the sales tax where it is and get a line More Money into school Aid which they seem to feel will go for properly tax Relief. What the net outcome will be remains to be seen. But right now the appropriation tons chairmen Are having a somewhat difficult time knowing where we Are in rela Tion to receipts which May be coming in for the next couple of years. On thursday of last week the Senate also passed a Bill which was of consider Able interest to a Large number or my farm constituents. That Bill had to do with the beef cattle Check off Many farm products Are subject to a checkoff arrangement under which a certain Small fraction of the Selling Price of the pro duct is contributed to an organization to be used for the promotion of that pro duct. The same thing has been True of beef cattle for a number of years. How Ever the amount contributed has been very Small 10� per head for beef cattle and the promotional efforts of the organization have been considerably hampered by not having More Money. In fact the Sioux county cattle feeders were in the forefront of a move to try to get $1.00 per head checked Olf. The Bill we passed was originally written to allow a checkoff of 25 per head on fat cattle and then added two new categories of cattle to the checkoff list. The were veal calves at 5
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