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LANSING (UPI) - The tax revolt
stormed the state capital yesterday,
carried by cheering supporters of a
California-style tax cut who filed
petitions to place the issue on the
The first hurdle behind them, they
vowed to continue to fight expected
challenges from hostile bureaucrats
and elected officials as well as
proponents of rival tax reform
"THIS WILL BE the damndest
political fight you've ever seen in your
life," Shiawassee County Drain
Commissioner Robert Tisch boomed
to supporters after entrusting boxes of
petitions bearing 328,000 signatures to
state election officials.
They needed 266,000 valid
signatures to qualify for a spot on the
"If for some reason we are not on
the ballot, somebody had better be
prepared for the biggest march on
Lansing and the biggest
housecleaning in the legislature
you've ever seen in your life," Tisch
said. "And I'll be first in line."
ESTABLISHED politicians and
candidates already have lined up on
both sides of the Tisch plan - most of
them among the opposition.
Gov. William Milliken said the tax
cut would have "a very serious im-
pact on the support of schools at the
local level. It would have a very
serious impact on the ability to sup-
port local law enforcement
organizations, for example, the local
He said a rival tax limitation plan is
'a very responsible and very carefully
drawn proposition" - although he
stopped short of giving it his personal
TISCH, AUTHOR of the measure to
cut property taxes in half and limit
other taxes patterned after Califor-
nia's voter-approved Proposition 13,
abandoned his plan to camp out on the
Secretary of State's doorstep until the
petitions are validated - or rejected
- by the Board of State Canvassers.
But he and his followers, who moun-
ted an apparently successful petition
drive to amend the state Constitution
in just over two months, still fumed
with suspicion of state officials.
heads for ballot
ROBERT TISCH holds up a petition bearing signatures that were not counted
as part of the 328,000 signatures presented to the Secretary of State's office in
Lansing yesterday, just one hour before the filing deadline.
Ed Stepan of Warren, a sales "People were so anxious to have
engineer who brought nearly 33,000 this thing go through that they, of
signatures to Lansing he said were their own will, printed their own
collected in four days in Macomb petitions. But they failed to print them
County, was asked if he was a public on the back. They're no good.
official. "It's an indication that people have
had enough of Michigan's damn
"NO. I WORK for a living," he said. government up to here and we're not
Tisch, an obscure county official going to take it any more," he said.
before he started his petition drive He described a rival proposal to
April 29, said all obviously defective limit state taxation and spending
petitions were weeded out. Some of near current levels as a "bunch of
them, he said, were homemade. crap."
THREATENS TO BLOW UP
OFFICE IN SKYSCRAPER:
Machinist takes four hostages
NEW YORK (AP) - A Polish- IT WAS NOT clear how Fraczek, law.
speaking machinist who wanted more from Brooklyn, could have gotten 8 "Be evidently spent it and told us he
money for an on-the-job injury took four pounds of explosives into the building was not working and he insisted upon
persons hostage yesterday in the World as he claimed, receiving more money," Cooperman
Trade Center and threatened to blow up A tesm of police negotiators was said. The board chairman added that
the office where he was cornered with cashed in under the command of Capt. Fraczek was told he would have to
what he said was 80 pounds of Frank Bolz to negotiate release of the present proof that the amount he
dynamite. hostages. The team, trained to avoid already had received was insufficient
"I haves bomb here and I'm going to overt actionsathat might trigger violen- compensation for the injury. This effort
set it off it I don't get money," the man, ce, also called ina Polish interpreter. apparently had bogged down in a series
Ladislaw Fraczek, in his 50s, was said The four hostages were identified as of delays, angering Fraczek.
have told his lawyer, who was among Workers Compensation Board referee Cooperman said he had been told that
he hostages. outs Jerome, court reporter Clarence Fraczek had picked up considerable
THOUSANDS OF office workers Douglas, state insurance fund lawyer knowledge about explosives during
were evacuated from one tower of the Salvatore 'Ciaccio and Fraczek's World War I. He came here from
twin-towered, 110-story skyscraper, the lawyer, whose name was not im- Poland abut four yesrs ago, was
city's tallest.mediately known.ar g
At one point, Police Lt. Frank Reilly studying for his citizenship and was
said: ARTHUR COOPERMAN, chairman taking English lessons.
"He said he had 80 pounds of of the compensation board, said Frac- At Fraczek's request, Bloeslau Wier-
dynamite. I'm no explosives expert but zek lost two fingers in an industrial ac- zbianski, editor of the Polish Daily
if that went off it would take out two or cident in 1975 and was awarded $6,000in News, was summoned. So was a Roman
.,.. --------compensation,-the maximum under the - -Catholiepriest-. --