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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

'arties Split on Constitution

House Proposal Darkens
'U'-Delta Merger Plans

effective guarantee that the dis-
tricts will actually be of equal
size; . i
4) Fiscal provisions-"Prohibi-
tion of a graduated income tax will
confine Michigan in an outmoded
strait-jacket;
5) Education-"Enlarging the
elected State Board of Education
from four to eight members in
itself accomplishes nothing. Mak-
ing the state superintendent of
public instruction an appointee of
the board and responsible to it,
rather than elected as at present,,
merely further diffuses and con-
fuses authority and responsibil-
ity;
6) Local government-"Provi-
sions in the proposed constitution
. are undesirable. Their imple-
mentation depends on the Legisla-
ture; and
7) Civil rights-"The provisions
against discrimination in the Bill
of Rights and authorizing the es-
tablishment of a State Civil Rights
Comnission would have to seek
authorization and funds from an
unresponsive and up-to-now un-
sympathetic Legislature.
The Republicans unanimously
approved a resolution supporting
the document after Prof. Charles
W. Joiner ,of the Law School, a
former GOP city councilman, veh-
emently supported the proposed
constitution in a keynote speech.
Prof. Joiner blasted the Demo-
cratic party attack on the legisla-
tive apportionment scheme that
provides for a districting based
both on area and population.
He said the constitutional con-
vention beyond the concept of one
man for one vote to believe that
the effectiveness of representa-
tion is as important as the num-
ber of people a given legislator
represents.
The constitution faces a stiff
test in the forthcoming spring
election. Present state highway
commissioner John Mackie, *a
Democrat, is waging a large-scale
campaign against adoption of the
document.
Romney Offers
'U' Allotment
For Next Year
(Continued from Page 1)
the dental school building, the
medical science building and the
pediatrics hopsital unit. Also, he
said that the architecture college
"presents a strong demand for
immediate attention."
He expressed disappointment
that there was not a large increase
in operating funds for higher edu-
cation, but he said that he was
"aware that Michigan must put
its fiscal house in order first."
Sen. Stanley G. Thayer (R-Ann
Arbor) noted that the budget isn't
going to meet the needs of higher
education, but "there is no alter-
native but to follow the governor's
leadership." He noted that one
problem is the severe lack of rec-
ognition on the part of the legis-
lators of the cost of the high qual-
ity of graduate school education
at the University.
He disclosed that no one has as
yet been chosen to introduce the
budget, but that the selection
would probably be made from the
appropriations committee.

(Continued from Page 1)

PROF. CHARLES JOINER
... defends document

CONVENTION:
Two Seek
Republican
Leadership
At least two contenders, Arthur
G. Elliott and John A. Gibbs, will
be seeking the chairmanship of
the Republican state central com-
mittee when Michigan Republi-
cans meet in Grand Rapids Feb.
15-16.
Elliott, now a special assistant
in the Romney office, had been
considered a contender for the
post being vacated by incumbent
GOP State Chief George Van
Peursem since the governor singled
him out at a GOP State Central
Committee meeting Jan. 12 as one
of the three men he considered
qualified for the job. -Elliott was
Romney's campaign manager in
the gubernatorial race.
Gibbs, a latecomer to the chair-
manship race and executive as-
sistant to the outgoing Van Puer-
sem, said two recent conferences
with the governor had cleared the
way for his candidacy.
The Grand Rapids convention
will also nominate candidates for
the two vacancies on the Michi-
gan Supreme Court. At the present
time, two men have declared their
GOP candidacies, Circuit Judge
Richard G. Smith of Bay City and
former State Chairman John
Feikens of Detroit.
In the educational board nomi-
nations William B. Cudlip of
Grosse Pointe and James Egan of
Brown City have announced bids
.for the Regents.
Constitutional convention presi-
dent Stephen Nisbet announced
that he is available for the Michi-
gan State University Board of
Trustees.
Also reported seeking the MSU
board nomination are former Rep.
Charles Boyer of Manistee, Charles
Harmon of Cassopolis, founder of
the newly-formed Conservative
Federation of Michigan and Wal-
ter S. Patting of Lansing, presi-
dent of theJ State Chamber of
Commerce.
Assistant Dean Paul X. Jamirich
of Michigan State University is
reported running' for the state
superintendent of public instruc-
tion nomination.

to tax reform, this is the most
important problem in Michigan."
Strange had sharp criticism for
University officials, whom he
thought did not present the full
story during their testimony be-
fore the special committee, of
which he was a member.
"No one knew anything"; these
officials didn't make clear whether
or not the University actually
supports a merger, Strange claim-
ed.
"The way it looks to me, the
University has encouraged Delta;
it certainly hasn't discouraged it."
Legally, the University could
affiliate with Delta by independent
action of the Regents, but the
board last week promised to sub-
mit any cooperative program to
the state Legislature for approval.
Rep. William A. Boos (D-Sag-
inaw), an education committee
member along with Strange, at-
tributed this move to the Uni-
versity's not, wishing to antagonize,
legislators into slashing its ap-
propriation.
Outside the Legislature, most of
the opposition to the merger seems
to come from the smaller state
colleges, who fear the develop-
ment of satellite campuses of the
larger universities.
However, the Michigan Coordin-
ating Council for Public Higher
Education and Michigan Council
of State College Presidents have
not taken a formal stand on the
subject.
Redistricting
Plan To Reach
Legislature
By The Associated Press
LANSING - The Romney ad-
ministration's congressional redis-
tricting plan, calling for the
creation of a new 19th district,
will reach the legislature sometime
within the next two weeks.
Michigan now has 19 seats in
the United States House of Rep-
resentatives-one more than in
1960-as a result of population
growth in the decade after 1950.
A new 19th district has not yet
been set up and as a result, Mich-
igan voters last November elect-
ed a 19th congressman statewide,
Rep. Neil Staebler (D-Mich) of
Ann Arbor.
The Romney plan will resem-
ble the "Morris Plan" of 1961
and 1962. Romney would like to
change the boundary lines for
those districts which vary more
than 15 per cent either way from
the Michigan congressional dis-
trict ideal of 411,747 people.
However, Romney has indicat-
ed he might support a plan that
would -not allow more than 20 per
cent variation either way from
the "ideal" district. This would
permit districts of 349,985-473,510
persons.
Romney's plan is expected to
start in the Senate Judicary Com-
mittee, headed by Sen. Farrell E.
Roberts (R-Pontiac). Roberts and
Sen. Stanley G. Thayer (R-Ann
Arbor), both moderates, have
been working recently on redis-
tricting possibilities.

The Michigan Association of
Community College Presidents and
the executive board of the Mich-
igan Federation of College Repub-
licans have gone on record against
the merger proposed by Delta.
Legislature
Given Budget
- By WILLIAM BENOIT
Special To The Daily
LANSING - Gov. George W.
Romney's proposed 1963-64 bud-
get, presented at a joint session of
the House and Senate Wednesday,
was termed "realistic" and "for-
ward-looking" by Republican legis-
lators yesterday.
Romney said that the state's 120
some agencies had asked for a
total of $721 million but that re-
quests were drastically cut to $547
million, a reduction of $171 mil-
lion.
Democrats reacted less enthus-
iastically to the Governor's bud-
get. Senate Minority Leader Char-
les S. Blondy (D-Detroit) said the
Romney budget "failed to fulfill
all the needs of Michigan. But,"
Blondy continued, "I think it (the
budget) will get Democratic sup-
port and I hope it will get Repub-
lican backing."
See Paring
House Speaker Pro-Tem Wilfred
G. Bassett (R-Jackson) foresaw
a move by some Republicans to
"pare" the Romney program.
"I know from experience it took
great courage for the governor to
pare - $171 million from state
agency requests," Bassett said. "To
insure solvency without taxes, the
Legislature must find the courage
to do some paring of its own."
"If we reduce the deficit by $20
instead of $13.6 million the gov-
ernor predicted it will take only
three years to achieve solvency,"
Bassett noted.
See Surplus
In his message, Romney had
pointed out that from all appear-
ances his record budget would
probably leave a surplus of $13.6
million to apply toward Michigan's
current $85.6 million deficit.
A rundown of Romney's major
recommendations is as follows:
General fund spending increases
are incorporated into existing pro-
grams of school aid, university
and community college assistance
and Civil Service pay increases.
Capital Outlay
Capital outlay for new educa-
tion and mental health facilities
would be increased $2.2 million to
a total of $29 million. $1.5 million
will be asked soon for planning of
a $60 million building program at
Michigan colleges and hospitals.
The governor is proposing a
novel $750,000 research fund in the
field of economic development.
Under the program, colleges
throughout Michigan would sub-
mit research projects to a pro-
posed Economic Expansion Ad-
visory Council.
The Council would evaluate such
projects and recommend their
choices to the governor, who would
then allot portions of the $750,000
to projects in relation to their
value to the state's economy.

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