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The Michigan Daily-Friday, June 1,.1979-Page5
Coalition opposes suggested welfare budget cuts

LANSING (UPI)-The Michigan
Welfare Reform Coalition, which in-
cludes the United Auto Workers (UAW)
and AFL-CIO, said yesterday Gov.
William Milliken is trying to balance
Teamsters
strike leads
to layoffs
across state
From United Press International-
The Michigan Employment Security
Commission (MESC) said yesterday
the Teamsters strike caused
widespread industrial layoffs across
Michigan in April, pushing the unem-
ployment rate for the month to 8.6 per
cent statewide.
An MESC spokesperson said the in-
crease over the April 1978 jobless rate
was at least 1 per cent in most areas of
the state.
The biggest jobless increase was
reported in Jackson, a nearly 3 per cent
rise over last year. The unemployment
rate stood at 8.2 per cent, or 5,600 per-
sons out of work, compared with 7.2 per
cent in March and 5.5 per cent last
April.
CHRONIC UNEMPLOYMENT
remained highest in the Upper Penin-
sula, 14.4 per cent, and lowest in Ann
Arbor, 5.7 per cent, while the statewide
average stood at 8.6 per cent.
The Detroit average of 8.7 per cent, or
176,800 persons without jobs, compared
with an unemployment rate in March of
7.7 per cent and 6.1 per cent in April of
last year.
In Ann Arbor, 8,100 persons were
without jobs, compared with 5.5 per
cent of the work force in March and 4.9
per cent in April 1978. Some 19,500 per-
sons were without work in the UP,
compared with 13.6 per cent in March
and 11.9 per cent in April of last year.
GRAND RAPIDS reported a 5.9 per
cent jobless rate, with 17,500 persons
See STATE, Page 6
MET EXHIBITS
NEW YORK (AP)-"Rembrandt
and the Bible" is on exhibition at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art through
June 10.
The show contains about 50 Rem-
brandt etchings, and some drawings,
which illustrate scenes from the Bible.
Another exhibition, which runs
through June 24, is "Ellsworth Kelly:
Recent Paintings and Sculpture." It in-
cludes nine monochrome, shaped can-
vases, six related sculptural wall pieces
and two floor sculptures. Aeries of the
artist's black and white paintings also
is on display.
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the state budget at the expense of The coalition, whose members also porarily disabled or unemployed who
Michigan's poor. include the League of Women Voters, have virtually no financial resources,"
As part of massive cutbacks in state the Micligan Catholic Conference and Snover said.
programs, Milliken has asked state the Michigan Council of Churches, at- "GA recipients are currently living at
lawmakers to trim scheduled increases tacked Milliken's plan to reduce ADC a standard which is only 88 per cent of
in Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) increases from seven to four per cent. the poverty level. Without an increase
benefit levels and tighten the Medicaid It said a minimum increase of eight in grants next fiscal year, they will be
budget. per cent is needed to enable welfare reduced to a standard of living which is
families to keep pace with inflation. only 83 per cent of the poverty line.
"It is grossly unfair to propose to "WE'RE BARELY existing on what "Reductions in the standard of living
balance the budget at the expense of we're getting now," said Mary Shocker, for Michigan's poorest can simply not
those least able to afford it," said a welfare mother and member of the be tolerated," he said:
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit. Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. Detroit City Councilwoman Maryanne
"If he does this, we won't be existing Mahaffey said she was "shocked" at
"THE BURDEN of projected at all." Milliken's plan to require Medicaid
revenue deficits must be distributed in .Thomas Snover of the UAW said the recipients to pay a portion of the costs
a more equitable manner, with cuts situation for Michigan's 40,000 General of visits to doctors and hospital
d iAssistance (GA) recipients is "even emergency rooms.
madre inpoytins.of tetatehbudget more bleak" than that of ADC families. She said that proposal will be "an ad-
where they can be tolerated without in- "GA IS A program of last resort for ded barrier to adequate medical ser-
persons without children who are tem- vices" for the poor.
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