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Page 14-Friday, August 4, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Senate Finance OK s tax credit

Finance Committee approved a trim-
med-down plan yesterday designed to
give millions of Ameicans a break on
their income tax to help offset the ex-
pense of colleges and private schools.
The measure, which eventually
would cost the government billions of
dollars a year, would allow tax credits
of up to $500 to defray the cost of a
student's college education and up to
$250 against the expense of a private
elementary and secondary school.
BACKERS OF THE measure said
more than 12.3 million students stand to
gain from the plan, with about 70 per-
cent of the benefits going to families of
college students and the rest going to
families with students in private
elementary and secondary schools.
Current law does not permit tax-
payers to receive a break for such
educationalrexpenses. But the idea of
granting credits-money subtracted
directly from taxes owed to the gover-
nment-appears to be gaining
popularity in Congress.
The Senate has approved bills gran-
ting tuition tax credits in previous
years, and the House passed one for the
first time earlier this year.
pressed strong opposition to tuition tax
credit bills, largely because of their
cost. He also objected to earlier such
legislation because he said it would give
wealthy families the same tax break as
poorer ones, and because of the con-
stitutional question raised by giving a
tax break to offset the cost of a
parochial school education.
After the committee vote, the White
House said Carter's position was un-
changed. But a spokesman refused to
say whether the president's earlier
threat to veto such legislation would
apply to the bill approved by the com-
Backers of the trimmed down plan
said they had greatly cut the cost of
their proposal in an attempt to meet

administration objections.
reduce the total cost of the bill by more
than 41 percent, is being made to meet
the president's objections half-way, in
the hope he will reconsider his veto
threat," said Sen. William Roth (D-
There was no immediate White House
response to the revised measure. -
- Congressional aides estimated the
bill would cost $2.8 billion in the fiscal
year beginning Oct. 1, 1982, compared
with an estimate of nearly $5.3 billion
for a measure the committee approved

The revised bill, approved on a 12-
vote, contains these provisions:
-BEGINNING immediately, tax-
payers could take a tax credit equal to
50 perent of the cost of college or post-
secondary vocational school tuition,
upo to $250. The credit would apply only
to full time students.
-Beginning on Oct. 1, 1980, the
maximum break for college tuition
would rise to $500, and the credit would
be extended to cover half-time studen-

-Also beginning Oct. 1, 1980, parents
of students at private elementary and
secondary schools would qualify for a
credit on 50 percent of the cost of
tuition, up to $250.
Under the bill approved previously,
the credit for private schools was $500.
Under the House-passed measure,
the credit program would last only
three years. In the final year, the credit
would be equal to 25 percent of tuition,
up to $250. For parents of students in
private schools, it would be 25 percent
of tuition, up to $100.


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Judge denies Townley's plea
the Chilean secret police and said he said an extradition treaty between the
HINGTON (AP) - A federal put a bomb in the car of Orlando two nations should be given a chance to
refused yesterday to accept a Letelier, an outspoken critic of the work before such drastic action was
ated guilty plea from Michael military regime of Augusto Pinochet., taken.
ey, a young American who is ac- A FEDERAL grand jury indicted Bell declared, "We've got them indic-
of planting the bomb that killed a seven other persons yesterday in con- ted in our country. They committed the
r Chilean ambassador to the nection with the deaths of Letelier and crime in Chile. It is our law that has
States. his American friend Ronni Moffit. been violated, and they should honor
ng he had heard of the plea Among those indicted were Gen. Juan their treaty with us. We have to assume
ining arrangement from Manuel Contreras Sepulvida, the for- our relations are honorable and those
ution and defense lawyers only mer head of the Chilean secret police - men will be extradited."
s before the court session, the DINA - and two other DINA officials. f Bell, meeting with U.S. reporters for
old Townley he would take up the Contreras is a close associate of the first time since a trip to New
in court at some unspecified Chilean President Augusto Pinochet, Zealand and Australia, also told repor-
the future. who reacted to the indictments by ters he still stands by a previous
%NWHILE, Attorney General declaring that the three men would not statement that he would leave the ad-
Bell said it would be unaccep- be extradited to the United States ministration by 1980 because he does
or Chile to refuse to turn over without conclusive proof of their guilt not want his job to be influenced by a
ormer secret police officials to and might instead be tried in Chile. possible re-election bid by President
ited States for trial on charges of The attorney general, at an informal Carter.
ring Orlando Letelier in 1976. meeting with Justice Department AS TOWNLEY stood before him, U.S.
nley, 35, had agreed to plead reporters last evening, rejected any District Judge Barrington Parker said
o a single count of conspiracy to notion of allowing the men to remain in he had heard of the proposed plea for
a foreign official. It was not Chile. "We have to assume we're going the first time in his chambers from U.S.
what promises the government to get those people here and we're going Attorney Earl Silbert and two assistan-
n return. to make our best effort," he said. ts, and defense lawyer Seymour Glan-
ederal indictment returned TOWNLEY, WHO was expelled from zer. Parker did not say what disturbed
y named Townley as an agent of Chile last April, has cooperated with him about the agreement.
the prosecution and is expected to be
the star government witness in the
trials of the others. 'We'se got them indicted in
sh e ep "The court does not feel at this point our country. They committed
that it is fully advised," U.S. District .c.
Judge Barrington Parker said. "Before no crine in Chile.'
the court proceeds further, it feels it -Attorney General
t ii e rsmust step back, consider, and Griffin Bell
review ... As a result, there will be no
iers ask about it. If you can't tell proceeding at this point."
customers) there's no PBB in it The 35-year-old Townley, more than "At this time, the court won't discuss
about 50 per cent don't buy six feet tall and bearded, reportedly is any detail," Parker said.
e asked all along (for the last familiar with activities in international The indictment said that Townley,
years)," he said. terrorist circles. To lessen his personal acting on Contreras' orders, built the
ral local restaurants such as Ann danger, Townley's cooperation with bomb with the help of five anti-Castro
Win Schuler's have indicated prosecutors reportedly is predicated on Cubans and put it into Letelier's car.
ers are eating less meat due to a promise that he will not be asked Townley was not in Washington when
blem. about anything other than the Letelier the bomb exploded, according to the in-
niversity PBB study, murder. dictment, and the person who actually
rmine the effects on coucted i THE HOUSE on Wednesday voted to set it off was not named.
fs netesefethumans, is halt U.S arms shipments to Chile unless Seven of the men indicted are
et extensive yet, and will be the government surrenders the three charged with conspiracy to murder,
gted within the next few weeks, men to U.S. authorities, but then rever- three counts of murder and one count of
ing to researcher Bruce Brock. sed itself after the Justice Department using an explosive to murder.

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sold to consi
(Continued fromPage 1) custom
"Mostly the lamb customers are them (c
asking all the questions. It is a very up- I'd say
setting thing and very damaging to They'v
Michigan," according to Ray Rutledge several
who works at Steeb Brothers Markets, Sever
*n Washtenaw. Arbor's
Another local meat manager, who custom
asked not to be named, said the added the pro)
complications to the already- The U
troublesom PBB problem are sure to to detei
hurt meat sales even more. the mo
"SURE, IT (PBB publicity) always comple
hurts business. Ninety per cent of our accordi
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