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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, November 29, 1978-Page 7

Businesses unhappy
with new bottle bill

Dollar sinks to half

of '67 value

(Continued from Page 1)
IN SOME CASES the retailers will
have to hire more personnel and add
storage space to handle the bottles and
Campus Corners, Village Corner, Big
Ten Party Store, and Main Party Store
all have renovation plans. Village Cor-
ner will double its space within the next
two months, and many items will be
unavailable until the space is added.
Many of the slower moving beers will
be eliminated from retail lines because
of the space problems, and stores will
be looking for items which move,
SEVERAL DOMESTIC beers will be
unavailable because manufacturers
and distributors don't intend to make
special provisions for sale in the state of
Michigan. Retailers still don't know
which beers they will not be s lling until
the use of returnables is well nderway.
The foreign beer line will also be cut
because, as one retailer says, "A Ger-
many brewery won't make a special
bottle for the state of Michigan."
Steve Kurtti, manager of Ann's Party
Pantry explained his store came up
with a hand-out explaining the bottle
bill to customers, detailing procedures
for handling. The hand-out also makes
custemers aware of cost increases.
manager Robert Jousma said his
business is hiring someone to work
everyday for-two hours just handling
the return of bottles and cans. Josuma
said most stores won't be handling half
the brands they offered before the bot-
tle bill takes affect, although exactly
what will be unavailable has not been
Josuma said a beer has to be a full
case item before it can be returned, and
he is looking for items which will go
quickly. The store will no longer be
selling 7-Up in bottles or cans. The
domestic beers they will be dropping
include Hamm's and Black Label.
The Keg in Ypsilanti has an area set
up specifically for the return of bottles
and cans. It has also established a
procedure for handling the returns. The
business reports long lines for retur-
ning of bottles.
DAN SHARP, an aide to state
Representative Perry Bullard (D-Ann
Arbor) who drafted the first version of
the bill, said that although the public
and businesses are complaining about
the bill, and think it won't really make a
difference, he believes people will begin
to notice less litter along the highways.
"People will be less apt to throw
away bottles and cans that cost them
money," said Sharp.

Sharp said distributors and retailers
are involved in "the biggest lie cam-
paign" and are making the bill difficult
for the public. He said, "Businesses are
using harassing tactics to get their
customers to complain about the bill."
A retail group recently announced it
would launch a petition drive for repeal
of the bill.
Sharp said Bullard is drafting
legislation designed to clear up some
aspects of the law, including whether.
businesses will be forced to accept
crushed cans for return, a practice
which is discouraging to many
customers. Currently, all retailers
require the cans be clean and in their
original condition.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A dollar will
buy only half as much as it did 11 years
ago, the government said yesterday as
it released figures showing a new surge
in food prices last month.
In its monthly report on inflation, the
Labor Department said hikes in beef,
poultry and pork prices in October
helped push consumer prices up 0.8 per
cent for the second straight month - a
rate of 9.6 per cent if averaged over the
entire year.
ALFRED KAHN, chairman of the
Council on Wage -and Price Stability,
said the October price increases show
inflation is now running near 10 per
cent, nearly two per cent higher than
any administration official has yet ad-
Prices have risen 8.9 per cent in the
past year, and most economists have.
predicted the 1978 inflation rate will end
up between 8.5 and nine per cent.

Government figures on personal in-
come, adjusted for inflation and taxes,
show that the average annual income
per person in the United States is
almost $300 above what it was 11 years
ago. But one private study concludes
that it will take until 1983 for an average
family to recover the buying power it
lost in the recession that hit the United
States in 1974-75.
ECONOMISTS SAY the government
figures mask some dramatic changes
in an inflationary economy.
"We probably are a little better off
than we were in 1967," said Jay Siegel,
a consumer economist at Data Resour-
ces Inc., a Lexington, Mass., economic-
research company which completed a
study on consumer prices. But he added
that 1967 is a relatively favorable year
for comparison because consumer
prices were rising at three per cent to
four per cent a year in the late 1960s.

The new figures prompted George
Meany, presid nt of the AFL-CIO, to
repeat his call for mandatory wage and
price controls to replace Carter's
voluntary anti-inflation program.
"The average workers'
wages ... just cannot keep up with the
price tag in essentials," Meany said.
"It is obvious that speeches and threats
not based on legislative authority will
not cure inflation. The need for a
statutory, across-the-board controls
program becomes daily more ap-
THE HIKE IN the Consumer Price
Index triggered automatic 19-cent-per-
hour wage increases for about 820,000

hourly workers for the Ford Motor Co.,
General Motors Corp. and Chrysler
Food prices have increased 116 per
cent in the past 11 years; fuel cost 120
per cent and housing, which also hits
young families, is 109 per cent higher
than in 1967.
Although Social Security benefits are
now tied to the government cost-of-
living index, the American Association
of Retired Persons argues that since
1970 prices for the elderly have risen
about four per cent faster than overall
prices because more of their budget
goes for items hardest hit by price in-

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VIENNA, Aistria (AP) - Maverick
Romanian leader Nicolae Ceauscescu's
opposition to increasing Warsaw Pact
defense spending has prompted other
pact members to recall their envoys
from Romania, sources in Bucharest
said yesterday.
The diplomatic sources said by
telephone that ambassadors from the
SovietaUnion, Poland, Hungary,
Bulgaria, East Germany and
Czechoslovakia departed Bucharest by
special planes yesterday "for con-
THE REPORT could not be confir-
med in the official news media or
through the foreign ministries of the
countries. Government sources in the
Romanian capital noted the Soviet and
Hungarian ambassadors had been
away for several days. But this did not
rule out the possibility that the two
countries may have pulled out their
charges d'affaires - the officers who
may substitute for an absent am-
Communist Party chief Ceausescu,
60, has angered Moscow before for his
independent-minded foreign policy, but
he runs a rigid communist society at
Sources here saw the reported action
as a response to Ceausescu's statement
Monday that he rejected outside inter-
ference in his army and to his refusal to
raise the Warsaw Pact defense budget
at a recent pact summit in Moscow.

THE ROMANIAN news agency
Agerpres quoted Ceausescu as telling
applauding military and government
leaders in the speech that the Warsaw
pact and NATO nations already had the
means "to destroy the whole of
mankind several times.-
"In the light of this situation, one

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