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The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXV, No. 21-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, June 5, 1975 Ten Cents Twelve Pages

PRESIDENT FORD, just back from his trip to Europe, is escorted by military
personnel as he arrives at West Point, N.Y., yesterday for an address at
graduation exercises.
Congressional unit finds
evidence of CIA plt s

Senate declines to cut
defense appropriation
WASHINGTON (1P) - The Senate tary of the Air Force, said the defense
backed a new plea from President Ford budget for fiscal 1976 would increase
against defense budget cuts yesterday spending 20 per cent over the current
by rejecting a $1.2-billion weapons reduc- fiscal year, representing the greatest an-
tion and refusing to halt five "counter- nual increase since 1965-66 following
force" programs, direct American entry into the Vietnam
The $1.2-billion cut in a $30.3-billion war.
weapons procurement authorization bill Symington said the $1.2-billion reduc-
was defeated 59 to 36. Continued research tion he proposed to reduce the burden
programs to improve accuracy and yield of arms in peace time "can be achieved
of land and sea-based nuclear warhead at no damage to any vital weapons pro-
missiles were approved 52 to 42. gram, at no reduction in defense man-
power levels, and at no limitation on the
SENS. THOMAS McIntyre (D-N.H.) strong defense posture required to en-
and Edward Brooke (R-Mass) who pro- sure the security of our nation."
posed to eliminate $143.4 million for the See SENATE, Page 6
accuracy programs, said they would edge
the United States toward first-strike
capability against Soviet missile silos.
"These programs run counter to our S en . E rvin
national security because they put a
hair trigger on nuclear war and will
draw Soviet fire by giving them an in-
centive to strike first in a period of
Opposing the amendment Sen.Henry
Jackson (D-Wash.) said "it doesn't make s s e
sense" to deny the U. S. government, s s s t r
unilaterally, the opportunity to improve
the accuracy of an Inter-Continental By SUSAN ADES
Ballistic Missile force that is smaller
and fewer than that of Russia, which is Copyright (c) 1975, The Miheigan naily
also working on accuracy improve- Former Sen. Sam E r v i n re-
ments. sponded with sharp disappointment
yesterday to recent NBC News re-
THE ISSUE was debated for an hour ports that claimed some 600,000
and 411 minutes in closed-door session, a classified files on Vietnam war pro-
and 0 mnuts i clsed-oorsesion as testers had not been destroyed in
well as in open session. The closed ses- 1970 after the Pentagon assured
sion was the first since the same issue Er7i, at the dot o bescom-
was debated on June 10, 1974. Erv that the data would be com-
Other amendments to make specific "The Defense Department as-
cuts in various weapons systems, such sured me then that they had de-
as the B1 bomber, remained to be voted stroyed their files and that they
upon before final action on the bill weren't engaging in this any
Friday. more," the now-retired Democrat
The $1.2-billion weapons cut was pro- told The Daily from his office in
posed in an amendment sponsored by Morganton, NC.
Sens. Stuart Symington (D-Mo.), Alan "BUT INSTEAD they resurrected
Cranston (D-Calif.) and Edward Ken- it. It's a terrible thing to happen in
nedy (D-Mass.).
See SENATOR, Page 6
S Y M I N G T O N, a former secre-

WASHINGTON /P% - The Senate Intel-
ligence Committee has received convinc-
ing evidence that the Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA) has been involved in mur-
der plots, Chairman Frank Church said
yesterday.
Church, (D-Idaho) said he believes the
Rockefeller Commission has similar evi-
dence. He accused Vice President Nelson
Rockefeller of making misleading state-
ments designed to downgrade the im-
portance of CIA wrongdoing.
"I DON'T regard murder plots as a
minor matter," Church said.
"The CIA has been implicated in this
kind of activity. I have been concerned
about the apparent attempt of certain
members of the Rockefeller Commis-
sion to lead the public to believe that
any misdeeds of the CIA were minor and

that the agency had been relatively with-
out guilt."
Church said he was referring specific-
ally to statements by Rockefeller, the
commission's chairman.
"I HAVE reason to believe the com-
mission has hard evidence, as my com-
mittee has hard evidence, which indi-
cates the CIA has been involved in mur-
der plots," Church said.
A spokesman for the vice president
quoted Rockefeller as saying the com-
mission's report to President Ford,
scheduled to be released this weekend,
deals with the issue of assassination and
that it speaks for itself. Rockefeller will
have no specific comments on CIA mat-
ters until the commission's report is
made public, the spokesman said.
Rockefeller called Church's remarks
See SENATE, Page 10

PROPOSED MILLAGE INCREASE QUESTIONED
Budget controversy divides candidates

'I guarantee you that
we can't offer t h e
same programs next
year as we are this
year (without the pro-
posed 1.5 millage in-
crease.)'
-Cecil Warner

By JEFF RISTINE
Last of a three-part series
The issues of greatest concern to voters as
they select three school board members on Mon-
day will almost certainly involve money. The
current economic conditions pose a stubborn
obstacle for budget-planners, and most of the
ten board candidates have in mind areas from
either personnel or programs they think are ripe
for cutbacks.
Exactly what kinds of cutbacks are necessary
will be determined by the way voters react to
the three millage proposals. The Board of Edu-
,cation is asking for a 3 mill renewal for school
expenses (Proposition B) and a 1 mill renewal for
the public library system (Proposition C).
THE CONTROVERSY is thickest, however, over
Proposition A - a five-year, 1.5 mill property
tax increase. Ann Arbor voters have not approv-
ed a millage hike in six years, and hardly any-
one today has more money than last year.
Statistics help illustrate the school district's

situation. The operating budget has jumped from
less than $24 million in 1970 to nearly $28.5 mil-
- lion last year. The projected budget for 1975-76
is $30.45 million - if Proposal A fails - and
$31.76 million if the millage increase is approv-
ed. Board officials say the additional $1.3 mil-
lion is needed simply to maintain current pro-
grams.
But several factors, including inflation, have
clouded the issue. Ann Arbor's tax base, accord-
ing to state law, is too high to qualify for state
aid. The school district lost $2-3 million as a
result.
THE TAX base itself, however, is steadily in-
creasing and produces much greater local reve-
nue than before. It is expected to be nearly $65
million higher next year than in 1974-75.
The figures city residents are most interested
in, though, are those representing their own pro-
perty taxes. For a house assessed at $20,000
See BUDGET, Page 7

'The way to insure
that our schools are
run properly and the
proper programs are
funded is not by tax-
ing o u r s e I v e s to
death.'
-Shelley Ettinger

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