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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, May 30, 1979-Page 7
Senator says state budget
cuts hurt social services

Dubbing the theme of the state
budget in recent years the "Age of
Limitations," state Sen. Gary Corbin
(D-Clio) spoke to approximately 50
people last night at the Ann Arbor
Public Library.
Corbin, whose lecture was entitled
"Survival in the Age of Limitations,"
said most cuts in the state budget have
been made in the area of social ser-
vices. "The New Right has capitalized
on the frustrations of the people," Cor-
bin said.
"HERE IN Michigan, a much-limited
spending proposal gained constitutional
status," Corbin said, apparently
referring to the Headlee Amendment
approved by Michigan voters last
November, which requires property tax
hikes to be okayed by the voters. He
cited other examples of budget cuts,
such. as Governor William Milliken's
recent budget plan, which was defeated
in the House Appropriations Committee
last week.
Corhin said he particularly objected
to the portions of Milliken's plan which
cut back the Medicaid program and
eliminated home-heating aid to the
CORBIN WAS introduced by state

Sen. Edward Pierce (D-Ann Arbor),
who jokingly informed the audience
that Corbin's "name begins with a "C",
so when I want to know how to vote
(when the Senate votes alphabetically),
I listen to him."
In response, Corbin told the audience,
which included many members of the
Washtenaw County Democratic Party,
"Pierce is not intimidated by anyone
and I respect that. You have a very
good state senator."
Corbin said calling current economic
proposals the "Age of Limitations" is
"the in thing." He added, "As a public
official, I am asked to offer less. As a
political activist, you are asked to ac-
cept less."
DURING A question-and-answer
period following the lecture, Corbin,
who chairs the Senate Finance Com-
mittee, said, "My premise is that to cut
social services dramatically, will in-
crease costs dramatically." He
cautioned the audience not to "just
blindly accept that all social service
cuts are necessary."
He added that although a recommen-
dation was received from the governor
for new prisons, no information was
provided on how to fund thigm.

STATE SEN. GARY CORBIN (D-Clio) last night spoke to an audience of about
50, including state Sen. Edward Pierce (D-Ann Arbor), at the Ann Arbor Public

Local Hertz office revises under 21 age policy

Triggered by a complaint from a
University freshman, officials from a
local Hertz rent-a-car agency said
yesterday the outlet has revised its ren-
ting policy toward 18to 21-year-olds.
LSA freshman Carl Stein, 18, filed an
age discrimination complaint with the
Detroit office of the state Civil Rights
Commission April 25, claiming he was
not allowed to rent a Hertz car "solely
because of age."
ACCORDING TO Bonnie Ballard,
manager of the local Hertz office at 402
S. Main St., the outlet previously rented
cars only to those applicants between
the ages of 18and 21 who owned a major
credit card-VISA, Master Charge,
American Express, Diner's Club, or
Carte Blanche. Now, those in this age

category without a credit card can rent
a car from the agency with cash.
Stein said he-went to the local Hertz
officer last February to rent a car with
cash, but because he was 18and did not
have a credit card he was denied rental
of a car under the agency's former
Stein said he consulted state Attorney
General Frank Kelley who told him to
file a complaint with the Michigan
Department of Civil Rights.
ALTHOUGH THE Ann Arbor Hertz
office is not a company outlet, it is con-
tracted to work for Hertz. Their main
area office is located at the Detroit
Metropolitan Airport. "We're just a
service station," said Ballard.
Stein said Francine Cornelius, one of
Stein's mediators from the Civil Rights
Commission, wanted him to sign an
agreement blaming no one, and

suggesting that Dennis Roth, a New
York attorney representing Hertz, in-
form all Michigan agencies of Hertz's
age policy-as well as sending Stein a
credit card application.
According to Stein, Roth said he did
not object to the terms, but "was in no
position to sign anything."
Instead, Roth suggested taking the
agreement-to Hertz's New York offices
where officials would send Stein a letter
describing their age policy.
GEORGE WIRTH, Stein's other
mediator, said if the policy was
violated, the letter would corry the
same weight as a signed complaint.

Stein said he received the letter May 2.
Stein also said other Michigan Hertz
agencies were violating the age law.
Stein said he called the local Hertz of-
fice again on May 19 requesting renting
information. Ballard told him again
that renters under 21 years of age
paying with cash must own a major
credit card.
IT WAS ONLY after subsequent
phone calls to Cornelius and Roth, said
Stein, that the revised renting policy
was made clear.
Ballard said yesterday her agency is
now complying with Hertz's procedures
regarding 18to 21-year-old renters.

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