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July 07, 1976 - Image 8

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Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, July 7, 1976
Governors urge welfare overhaul

HERSH1EY, Pa. ()') - A di-
vided Naional Governors Con-
ference voted yesterday to
press for an overhaul fthe
welfare programs with a na-
tional minimum payment level
financed by the federal govern-
ment. Bat first the g>vernors
added a ftotnote declaring that
they don't advocate a guaran-
teed annual income.
Then they adjourned their
68th annoal conference and
helicoptered to Philadelphia to
have tea with Queen Elizabeth
II aboard the royal yacht Bri-
IDAHO GOV. Cecil Andrus, a
Democrat, was elected chair-
man to succeed Robert Ray of
Iowa, who said he would have
made a farewell speech, but
"the queen is waiting."
The welfare resolution was

the most controversial item on
the governors agenda, and by
the time they got to it, they
were in a hurry. Welfare had
been debated at length on Mon-
clay, anyhow. The policy state-
ment was approved 24 to 51.
The governors heeded conser-
sctive misgivings at the possi-
bility they might appear to be
pushing a guaranteed income,
and agreed unanimously.
statement seeking "a national
minimum payment level" with
variations to cover cost of liv-
ing differentials in different re-
gions. They said, "there should
be full federal financing at a
federally - mandate minimum
benefit level," and added that
Washington should pay 75 per
cent of the added cost for states
that want their welfare bene-

fits to be higher.
Their policy statement also
would require recipients 17 to
60 years who are able to work,
to register for, and accept,
jobs. -
The governors did not set a
minimum income figure, nor
did they estimate the cost of
their proposal. "We're estab-
lishing a set of principles," said
Cov. Dan Evans of Washington,
who headed the committee that
drafted the plan.
Virginia opposed the resolution.
"I could never support shifting
the welfare burden to the feder-
al government in its entirety,"
he said.
The governors didn't go quite
that far and, indeed, rejected a
proposal by Gov. James Rhodes
of Ohio that they seek an out-

right federal takeover of the
entire cost.
Jimmy Carter, the former
Georgia governor who is virtu-
ally certain to be the Demo-
cratic presidential nominee,
met with Democratic governors
and told them he, too, favors
a nationwide welfare standard
with federal financing up to
that level.
CARTER HAD breakfast with
about 30 Democrats who en-
dorsed his presidential candid-
acy without dissent.
On other policy issues, the
Governors Conference:
-Endorsed deregulation of
natural gas prices, the move to
be coupled with an excess pro-
fits tax which would include in-
centives for new gas explora-
tion. They also said the govern-
ment should set priorities to


promote conservation of natur-
al gas. The vote on that was
-Urged ratification of a con-
stitutional amendment to guar-
antee equal rights for women.
-Debated and then dropped
a resolution for creation of a
new federal department of tour-
ism. Gov. Christopher Bond of
Missouri, a Republican, noted
that Democrat Carter is push-
ing for consolidation of federal
agencies, not new ones. Bond
said many governors seek the
same end in their states so the
governors finally decided to ad-
vocate consolidation of tourist
programs in one existing agen-
LIKE ALL THEIR resolutions,
that is purely advisory, binding
no one.
The governors set their next
summer meeting for Sept. 12-
13, 1977 in Detroit.
Then they went to Philadel-
phia to see the Queen at what
Gov. Milton Shapp of Pennsyl-
vania called "a tea that she is
throwing in our honor."
Ships ahoy!
New York's
party made
a splash!
fcontinue from Pake 4)
roots to join the band in cppm-
priate anthems for each pasoig
ship's homeland.
And as Rumanian, Polish,
Spanish, Russian, Japsiee and
Columbian vessels chugged the
Hudson, a potpourri of deafen-
ing battle hymns and sea chan-
ties bellowed from inescapable
loud speakers.
The street party, stretching
from river to murky rive, was
not without its own singing and
dancing as a ban on traffic fa-
cilitated impromptu burs-s of
silliness in the shadow of such
hallowed institutions as the
Stock Exchange and I- ederal
Wall Street, usually populated
by pin-striped, brief case tuting
stock brokers, was inundated by
flocks of child tugging sight-
seers, gorging themselves wsth
greasy shish-kebob, gooey Ar-
menian pastries and chunks of
drippy, down-home watermelon.
summer clouds rolled in
late in the afternoon, a mad
dash ensued to the subway,
where tourists and established
New Yorkers piled onto the
Broadway local in numbers
which could put rush hour to
Some were destined to return
that evening for a spectacular
display of fireworks which
crowned the sky above the Sta-
te of Liberty.
One feather-headdressed fel-
low, however, had another rea-
son for returning to the Big
"Rocky said it was for sale,"
he said, recalling Peter Minu-
et's now famous $24 purchase of
Manhattan island, "so I came to
btuy ifback."
It has been estimated that if
motor vehicle travel continues
to increase at its present rate,
by 1990 vehicles will be cover-
ing some two trillion miles an-
nually. .

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