The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, June 14, 1978-Page 5
'U' SLA TED TO RECEIVE $137.5 MILLION
State House OK's budget bills
LANSING (UPI) - The state House yesterday
approved 1978-79 spending plans totaling nearly $4
billion, boosting state assistance to welfare families,
local schools and state universities.
Included among the appropriations is a $137.5 million
slice for the University's Ann Arbor campus.
THE MASSIVE $1.2 billion welfare budget, sent to
the Senate on a 71-30 vote, actually represents a
decrease of about $46 million from the current year's
spending levels thanks to large part to declining
welfare caseloads. It is about $3 million over Gov.
William Milliken's recommendation.
The budget bills are for the fiscal year beginning this
Although total spending is down, aid to individual
welfare clients is boosted by the bill.
RECIPIENTS OF AID to Families with Dependent
Children (ADC)-who take up a huge chunk of the total
budget-would get about 11 per cent more under the
For a family of four, this means an increase to $500
per month from the current level of $449.
The $2 billbion school aid bill, returned to the Senate
on a 101-3 vote, hikes the level of revenue guaranteed
through state aid by about $120 per pupil.
THE MEASURE CONTAINS about $1 billion in
regular state aid, about $500 million in special grants
for programs like special education and busing and
about $450 million for retirement programs.
Overall, the measure calls for spending about $300
million more next year than in the current fiscal year
and it is somewhat less than $100 million over
The $631.3 million higher education bill, sent to the
Senate on a 96-4 vote, is about $30 million over
Milliken's recommendation and less than $90 million
over current spending levels.
IN ADDITION TO the University's share, the
measure contains the following appropriations: Cen-
tral Michigan University $27.3 million, Eastern
Michigan University $32.1 million, Ferris State College
$20.3 million, Grand Valley State College $12.5 million,
Lake Superior State College $5.5 million, Michigan
State University $137.5 million, Michigan Technology
University $19.3 million.
Other appropriations were: Northen Michigan
University $19.6 million, Oakland University $18.5
million, Saginaw Valley State College $6.4 million, U-
M, Dearborn $8.9 million, U-M, Flint $8.2 million,
Wayne State University $93.2 million, Western
Michigan University $43.5 million, Institute of Geron-
may trigger new fight
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House during fiscal year 1979. HEW oversees
agreed yesterday to tighten restrictions Medicaid, the program through which
on Medicaid abortions, ignoring war- most government-funded abortions are
nings that its stance would trigger a provided.
battle with the Senate like the one that Wright's amendment would have
consumed six months last year. allowed government payments for
The House veted 212-198 to reject an abortions when a woman is a victim of
amendment offered by Majority rape or incest that has been reported to
Leader Jim Wright that would have authorities or when two physicians cer-
adopted the same compromise tify that she would suffer severe and
language that finally broke the long-lasting physical health damage.
deadlock last year. Rep. Bob Michel (R-Ill.), said he sup-
The members instead adopted ported the compromise last year, but
language allowing government could not do so now because the
payments for abortion only when a regulations HEW wrote were too
woman's life is in danger. This position liberal. He said Congress placed "an
was rejected by the Senate last year, undue amount of confidence" in HEW
leading to the deadlock. to follow the lawmakers' wishes.
SEN. EDWARD Brooke (R-Mass.),
who led the fight to liberalize the
restrictions last year, issued a
statement saying he once again would
oppose the House language.
"There is no question that I would op-
pose this inhumane and unrealistic
discrimination as strongly as I did last
year. And I am confident that the over-
whelming majority of my colleagues in
the Senate would once again join me in
refusing to accept such discriminatory
legislation - no matter how long or how
hard the fight would be," Brooke said.
THE HOUSE action came during final
consideration of a $58 billion spending
bill for the departments of Labor and
Health, Education and Welfare (HEW)
BEFORE PASSING the bill 338-61,
the House also tacked on an anti-quota
amendment that would apply to affir-
mative action programs for minorities
and women in employment and
It was offered by Rep. Robert Walker
(R-La.), who argued that quotas, goals,
timetables and other kinds of
numerical targets are discriminatory
The House also agreed to chop $1.8
billion across-the-board from the
budget total. Rep. Clarence Miller (R-
Ohio), who offered the proposal said
this sum, added to a $1 billion cut for
reducing waste and fraud in HEW
programs which was approved earlier,
means the House has sliced five per
cent of the bill's budget total.
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