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July 26, 1972 - Image 8

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Page Eight


Weedneseday, July 26, 1972

Mayors request aid Council acts to raise


level of wa.,- ge

WASHINGTON {/') - Sixteen
mayors told Congress yester-
day that the nation's cities need
at least $3.5 billion to avoid
bankruptcy and provide essen-
tial services for their teeming
millions of people.
After -a meeting with Presi-
dent Nixon, the mayors testified
at a Senate Finance Committee
hearing that there's urgent need
for federal funds that would
be provided by a House-passed
revenue-sharing bill.
They discussed the bill with
President Nixon, who has re-
commended revenue - sharing
Prompt approval of the House
bill was urged by spokesmen for
the National League of Cities
and U.S. Conference of Mayors,
who said they represented more
than 15,000 municipalities.
"American cities are flirting
with bankruptcy," said Atlanta

Mayor Sam Massell, NLC presi-
New Orleans Mayor Moon
Landrieu, chairman of the Con-
ference of Mayors legislative
Action Committee, said "cities
have been forced to tax every-
thing that moves or stands
Mayor after mayor cited ex-
ample after example of what
they called fiscal and social
chaos tormenting the nation's
Mayor Roman Gribbs of De-
troit said his city is plagued
with 10 per cent unemployment
which has increased the de-
mand for services and reduced
ability to provide them.
"We as mayors are at the end
of our rope," said Mayor Harry
G. Laskell, Jr., of Wilmington,
Del. "There is nothing left to
tax, Our tax base has shrivelled
up. We need revenue sharing
and we needed it yesterday."

Welcomes the Orientation
Students to come in and
get acquainted

MAYOR MOON LANDRIEU of New Orleans, La., was o
Mayors who appeared before the Senate Finance Co
yesterday. He was speaking on behalf of the National
of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Guerillas, British tro
fight in Catholic 13el

after an adverse court deci-
sion, the Cost of Living
Council yesterday exempted
all workers making $2.75 per
hour or less from wage con-
trols, an increase from the
previous $1.90.
The decision removed from
diect controls about 1 million
private, non-farm workers,
council director Donald Rums-
feld told newsmen. The new
low-wage exemption is retro-
active to July 15.
A U.S. District Court Judge in
Washington had struck down
the $1.90 hour figure as too low
a decision on a suit filed by
an electrical workers union.
Rumsfeld said the council
would probably have established
a higher figure anyway in Aug-
ust. but he conceded the court
decision was a factor in estab-
lishing a higher hourly wage
rate for the exemption.
He said the economic impact
of the decision, particularly the
ne of 18 effect on the rate of inflation,
mmittee histoo difficult tomeasure.
m tte The reason is that the exemp-
League tion only permits wage increases
beyond the government's stan-
dards but does not require them,
Rumsfeld said.
He said the council set the
$1.90 cutoff point on the 'basis
of figures which placed the
OPS minimum urban family budget
at $6,960 a year but latest fig-
ures show this has increased to
f $7,214 a year
Rumsfeld said the council
would not have to submit the
e Arma- new figure to the federal- court
unless it is challenged.
bout 400 The council is determined to
* by ar- try to make sure the court de-
d Catho- cision does not apply retro-
parts of actively to the time the low-
in barri- wage exemption was established
earlier this year. If that hap-
ugurated pened, presumably many work-
f the ar- ers could apply for back pay.
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BELFAST ?)-British troops
fought a running gun battle
against guerrillas in a Roman
Catholic sector of Belfast, yes-
Troops pressed the British
government's new "get tough"
campaign against the outlawed
Irish Republican Army with
fresh raids into Catholic strong-
holds in search of arms and
guerrilla suspects.
In one sweep of homes in Bel-
fast's heavily Catholic.Tr
Lodge area, the army claimed
one of its biggest hauls of arms
in recent months,
A spokesman said the troops
captured more than 6,000
rounds of ammunition and 19
guns, including an antitank rifle

and two Japanese-mad
lite rifles.
At the same time, a
British troops, backed
mored vehicles, invade
lic areas in several;
Belfast and pulled dow
This campaign, ina
last weekend as part o:
my's new crackdown,
likely to continue.
Also as part of th(
down, British troops a
trolled the Bogside an
gan areas of Londond
"no-go" areas where n
Pty forces had setJ
months since the IRI
them with barricadesf
claimed the districts Fr


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