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Page 10-Thursday, June 14, 1979-The Michigan Daily
State House approves increase in welfare benefits
LANSING (UPI) - The House propriation. He currently is appealing a only $8 million over his revised four is increased from $500 to $53
Appropriations Committee yesterday circuit court ruling which found his ac- proposal. With federal funds added in, tive at the beginning of the fisc.
approved a $1.4 billion social services tion unconstitutional. the measure totals over $2 billion-the Oct. 1.
spending plan for the 1979-80 fiscal year THE WELFARE bill, which largest of altstate budget bills. Recently hiked benefits uni
which includes a 7.2 per cent increase in represents a $206 million increase over More than $407 million of the state general assistance program are
benefits for welfare families. current spending levels, was approved funds are earmarked for the giant Aid but the committee approved an
The measure does not restrict the use on a 10-1 vote, with two of the panel's to Families with Dependent Children dment restoring the higherI
of state funds for welfare abortions new Republican members complaining program which is expected to serve an allowances enjoyed by recipi
although that emotional issue is expec- the 36-page document was hustled average of 202,500 cases each month. some counties before benefit
ted to be raised once again on the House through before they had a good chance BENEFITS ARE hiked by 7.2 per equalized earlier this year.
floor, to study it. cent overall, compared with the 5 per Spending on -the volatile M
Gov. William Milliken vetoed anti- It exceeds Milliken's original cent recommended by the governor, program is increased by $67.4
abortion provisions in this year's ap- recommendation by $42 million, but is The monthly payment for a family of over current levels and $22.9
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SENA TE IMPLEMENTS HEADLEE REQ UIREMENTS:

Milliken to act on millage

LANSING (UPI)-Rushing to beat
summer tax bills, the Senate yesterday
sent to Gov. William Milliken a bill im-
plementing the millage rollback
requirements of the Headlee Tax
Limitation Amendment.
Milliken is expected to act on the
measure quickly, giving local gover-
nments time to determine whether
rollbacks are required before they send
out tax bills later this month.
On votes of 27-5 and 26-6, the Senate
parried criticism that the spirit of the
tax limitation amendment is being
ignored and accepted last-minute
House changes in the implementation
bill.
SENATE FINANCE Committee
Chairman Gary Corbin (D-Clio) said
economic conditions may warrant
reduced millage rates this year in some
communities.
The constitutional amendment ap-
proved by voters last fall requires that
millage rates be reduced in years when
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property assessments increase faster
than inflation.
The provision is designed to prevent
local governments from realizing win-
dfall revenues at the expense of proper-
ty owners.
AFTER MONTHS of controversy on
virtually every point of the rollback
procedure, lawmakers settled on a plan
by which maximum authorized millage
rates would be reduced to offset high
assessment increases.
However, in years when rollbacks are
not required, the maximum local rate
could be increased, but by no more than
the rate of inflation and not higher than
the charter limit.

rollback bill
The rollback provisions may not ap-
ply immediately to local taxing units
levying millage below the voter-
approved maximum rate.
EVEN WHERE rollbacks are
required, property taxes won't
necessarily be reduced-they just will
increase more slowly than otherwise.
The Senate's last battle on the issue
revolved around its more restrictive
formula for calculating rollbacks in
1980 and thereafter that had been
removed by the House.
Several Senate members argued that
the millage reductions should be made
permanent.

over IIIien s recommen ation. But
the bill includes a laundry list of cost-
cutting proposals developed by a
special legislative-executive panel
which are projected to trim expen-
ditures by $23 million.
REP. RAY KEHRES, the bill's chief
architect, noted that welfare costs
could be driven upward if economic
conditions swell Michigan's welfare
rolls beyond projected levels.
Kehres, a staunch abortion foe, said
he asked lawmakers not to raise the
sensitive issue during committee con-
sideration of the bill.
He said the debate "will be there" on
the House floor and said it was sen-
seless to fight the issue in committee,
as well.
The committee also approved and
sent to the House floor a $21.7 million
1979-80 spending plan for the state
Department of Agriculture.

'U' officials recall undergrad years

(Continuedfrom Pae3)
"THE ATMOSPHERE was very up-
beat," says Shapiro. "We were a very
fortunate cohort of kids-too old for
World War II, and most of us too young
for the Korean War."
With this new security, says
Easthope, came the eventual concern
for quality of life which surfaced in the
1960s. As students became more aware
of racial inequalities, he says, civil
rights protests led to other challenges
of authority which climaxed with the
1960s war protests.
Easthope says he believes the
relative calm of the 1970s indicates a
return to the mood of the 1950s.
"Television has made the critical mass

more sophisticated and so more
questioning and introspective than it
was then," he says.
MANY OF THE professors say the
biggest changes on college campuses
have been in the social relationships
between students and professors, and in
male-female relationships.
"At Migill, a very conservative
school, we viewed our professors as
almost godlike," says Shapiro. "They.
still wore academic gowns in the fifties
and we only asked the 'appropriate'
questions in class. Students today have
much more realistic views of their
professors."
Freedman says professors in the thir-

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ties were concerned about dressing
well. "All our professors wore suits to
class-sweaters were unheard of, and if
a professor ever walked in wearing
jeans, we'd have thought he was from
the moon." He also says most students
wore suits or dressed as well as they
could afford.
FREEDMAN ADDS that dating was
more formal than it is today. The most
popular place was the weekend dance,
usually held at places like the Michigan
Union. According to Freedman, all
girls lived in approved housing where
returning late was a serious offense.
Freedman also says, "Sex was less
advertised then, and usually had to take
place on the ground in the arboretum or
upstairs at a fraternity house party
while the chaperone was downstairs."
Although Freedman says women
students were "very tough com-
petitors" few entered graduate school
and most intended to marry and raisea
family soon after graduation. Smith
says this attitude was prevalent until
about ten years ago.
FREEDMAN SAYS that until 1940,
women were not allowed in the
Michigan Union-except for dances-in
the company of men.
"There was a man whose job was to
stand at the door and make sure no
women passed through," says Freed-
man. "Every year, a couple of women
would dress up like men, tuck their hair
up under hats, and slip through. Once
inside, they'd pull off their hats, let
their hair down, and make the Daily
(get their namesin the newspaper)."
EVEN THOUGH social conditions
and concerns have changed, many
faculty members agree that the per-
sonality of the optimistic and energetic
student personality has not.
Even when his best job prospect in
1933 was teaching high school English
at $90 per month, Smith says he and his
fellow students were "definitely happy,
simply because it's so great to be
young. If you're not happy between the
ages of 18 and 24, you'll probably never
be."

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