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SAFETY, EMISSIONS STANDARDS CUT
Auto rules relaxed to aid industry
From UPI and AP
WASHINGTON-Halting more than a
decade of increased auto regulations,
the Reagan administration said yester-
day it will relax or eliminate 34
pollution and safety rules to help the
troubled American auto industry.
The move will save manufacturers,
who lost $4.3 billion last year, nearly
$1.4 billion in capital investment over
the next five years, the administration
said. Auto and truck buyers would
benefit by about $9.3 billion, and
average of $150 per vehicle.
THE NATION'S two biggest
automakers, Ford and General Motors,
hailed the government's new
deregulation proposal as a welcome
cost-saving step but warned the United
Auto Workers union they still want
wage and benefit concessions.
The entire domestic industry, which
for most of the past decade has ac-
customed itself to fighting Washington
rather than receiving its cooperation,
agreed the proposals would speed
development of fuel-efficient cars and
trucks and result in cost savings to con-
If implemented, the recommen-
dations "will substantially reduce
government-mandated costs over the
next several years, reduce the cost of
our vehicles, and help bring our laid-off
employees back to work," said GM
Chairman Roger Smith.
"WE HOPE the United Auto Workers
union will soon join in making this an
all-out, full cooperative effort to meet
our global competition and restore the
competitive vigor of the U.S. auto in-
dustry," Smith said.
With that statement, Smith notified
the UAW the regulatory changes have
not dimmed the automaker's hopes the
union will soon negotiate contract
changes to reduce labor costs.
President Reagan said in a statement,
released at the White House, "The
American automobile industry, is in
serious trouble." Administration of-
ficials said the industry incurred "un-
precedented losses" last year and
180,000 auto workers are unemployed.
"The industry must solve its own
problems but the government must not
unnecessarily hamper its efforts
through excessive regulation and inter-
ference," Reagan said.
In addition to providing regulatory
relief, the administration said it will
speed up government purchases of
cars, spending an additional $100
million on them this fiscal year, and
promised to "monitor" the effects of
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DWASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats unveiled their "This is a budget which meets the needs of America," he
long-awaited alternative to President Reagan's economic said, calling on Republicans to "put aside partisan urges in
package yesterday, calling for a sharply smaller budget order to swiftly pass the budget."
deficit in 1982, a smaller tax cut, less spending for defense Jones was accompanied at the news conference by House
and more for social programs. Democratic Leader Jim Wright of Texas and Democratic
p r e s e n t It calls for overall spending cuts roughly $4 billion deeper Deputy Whip Bill Alexander of Arkansas.
than Reagan recommended, but does not assume enactment "I believe that the Democratic leadership is in support of
of the three-year, across-the-board tax cut of 30 percent that this basic program," Wright said.
is the centerpiece of the administration's economic recovery HOUSE SPEAKER THOMAS O'NEILL (D-Mass.), who
b u d g et cu t program. did not attend the news conference, issued a statement af-
REP. JAMES JONES (D-Okla.), chairman of the House terward commending Jones. Asked whether the proposals
Budget Committee, unveiling the package at a news con- amounted to a Democratic package, O'Neill replied, "You
ference, said it would produce a balanced budget in the 1983 can call it that if you want."
lan fiscal year, a year earlier than the administration's own President Reagan's budget director, David Stockman,
target. rejected the Democratic proposals as "unacceptable,"
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal
Communications Commission voted
yesterday to authorize a new profit
margin for American Telephone and
Telegraph Co. that, would force an in-
crease in long-distance telephone rates'
of up to 17 percent.
The FCC set the company's profit at a
floating range between 12.5 percent and
13 percent, compared with the curren-
tly authorized margin of 10.5 percent.
THE DECISION means the company
is expected to restructure its long-
distance rates with a target profit
margin of 12.75 percent. But the FCC
will allow the actual rate of return to
vary as much as .25 percent in either
Earlier yesterday, the firm had
estimated its long-distance phone rates
would rise about 17 percent if the FCC
approved its request to raise the rate of
return to 13 percent.
AT&T spokesman Pic Wagner
estimated late yesterday a 12.75 per-
cent rate of return would lead to a 16
percent increase in interstate phone
rates that would generate an ad-
ditional $1.4 billion in revenue over a
full year's time.
Yesterday's decision does not allow
AT&T to raise its rates immediately.
Once the commission releases a written
order explaining its decision, AT&T can
then file a new rate schedule which
must be reviewed by the FCC's staff
before it takes effect.
"An administrative law judge who
spent more than nine months studying
this thing had to have had some
reasonable basis for reaching this
decision," charged Samuel Simon, the
director of the National Citizens Com-
mittee for Broadcasting, a group
chaired by Ralph Nader.,
Smaller but better?
Robert Van Etten (left), who had moved to Washington after being promised
a government position but was caught in the Reagan administration hiring
freeze, is sworn in yesterday on his first day on the job. He appealed the
hiring freeze decision to,-gain the promised position. Todd Buchta (right)
also started his job yesterday.
Haig blames Syria for Lebanese
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BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israeli war-
planes streaked over Beirut yesterday
during the sixth day of fighting between
Syrian and Lebanese forces. U.S.
Secretary of State Alexander Haig Jr.
blamed Syria for the street battles in
Beirut and nearby Zahle and said the
upsurge in violence could have "most
The Lebanese police department said
154 people have been killed and 500
wounded, most of them civilians, in the
six days of fighting. The Lebanese ar-
my said four of its soldiers were killed
and 51 wounded. The Syrians did not
announce casualties. ,
"WE VIEW THE brutality of the
Syrian action against the Christian en-
clave as a very, very serious turn of
events which is unacceptable by any
measure 'of appropriate international
standards of conduct," Haig said.
Haig flew to Amman yesterday and
met with Jordan's King Hussein after a
14-hour visit to Israel. A U.S. official
said the Jordanian monarch-presented
his views of the Palestinian problem to
Haig, and the two discussed the
situation in Lebanon.
From here,' Haig is to go to Saudi
Arabia today, wrapping up a four-
nation Mideast tour before flying on to
U.S. OFFICIALS traveling with Haig
said the situation in Lebanon is on the
verge of becoming "a najor hostility"
unless there is an early cease-fire.
The officials said they came away
from 24 hours of meetings with Israeli
Prime Minister Menachem Begin and
his military staff believing "there wil
be irresistible pressure on the Israelis"
to become involved if the Syrians do nto
stop shelling Christian enclaves in the
city of Zahle.
In Israel, the outbreak of fighting
around Zahle and in the capital of
Beirut was a major topic in Haig's
discussions with Israeli leaders.
WESTERN DIPLOMATIC sources in
Damascus, the Syrian capital, ex-
pressed fears Israel would strafe the
Syrian troops and armor to break the
siege at Zahle. Two Israeli warning
flights over the capital drew heavy
barrages of anti-aircraft fire from
Palestinian guerrilla positions.
A Syrian government official accused
the United States of one-sidedly
ignoring "Israel's continued aggression
in south Lebanon."
The senior official who briefed repor-
ters on those discussions said that ''sin-
ce the intense shelling of 1978, Lebanon
has not been this bad."
EXPRESSING CONCERN that the
fighting could spread, he said it already
involves the Syrians, elements of the
Palestine population, right-wing
Christian forces, and the Lebanese ar-
med forces, all of whom could get more
deeply involved if the fighting doest ot
A direct Israeli intervention and con-
frontations with the Syrian forces in
Lebanon could endanger, Mideast peace
on a broader scale.
Haig's statement was the first public
American criticism of the Syrian role in
Lebanon. He made it in Jerusalem
before heading to Amman, Jordan.
Haig suggested the Soviet Union
might be encouraging the Syrian at-
tacks to divert attention from Poland.
He said the United States had taken a
number of measures to bring about "an
immediate return to a holding, balan-
ced cease fire."
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The Michigan Student Assembly seeks a comprehensive and inte-
grated policy-making relationship between students and University
Administration. The Administration's response to student contributions
this year has led us to question the legitimacy of the student role in
decision-making processes, and specifically in budgetary decisions.
Thus far, we believe that the University Administration has not instituted a role which de-
fines full student participation in the decision-making process.
A brief review of student participation in the procedure fpr proposed budget cuts in non-
academic and academic units includes:
1) Student involvement in non-academic review subcommittees-
1) Students have reviewed and voted on budgetary decisions concerning four non-
a) Center for Research Learning and Teaching, Extension Services-Al-
though we do not necessarily support the subcommittee's final decisions, we
are satisfied with the processes by which they were arrived.
b) Recreational Sports-We accept the subcommittee's decision to reduce Rec.
Sports by 27% under the condition that facility hours are not significantly
curtailed, student employment positions are not cut back and no additional
user's fee is imposed on students.
c) Michigan Media-We believe, after hearing testimony from a Budget priorities
Committee representative that the BPC inadequately considered the Review
Subcommittee's information, an act which may have influenced the BPC's deci-
sion to favaor the Subcommittee's minority opinion to cut Mich. Media by
$250,000 over the majority opinion (with which our student representative con-
curred) to cut by $99,000. THIS DEMONSTRATES A SUPERFICIAL COMMITMENT TO
A LEGITIMATE STUDENT ROLE IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS.
2) Less meaningful than our role in the non-academic budget-cutting process is that
which the Administration has provided us in the academic process. Despite our
repeated requests to the Administration, students have not been allowed to fully
participate on the review committees for proposed budget-cuts in and discon-
tinuance of academic units. We believe that the Administration must have
full student participation in order to make responsible policy decisions.
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leader Erich Honecker, in a message to
troops participating in the war games,.
told them it was their duty to "put a
stop to the activity of. all enemies of
ON A FOUR-NATION Middle East
trip, Secretary of State Alexander Haig
said in Jerusalem the United States
remained concerned at what appeared
to be "readiness steps" forintervention
in Poland by the "the Soviet Union and
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Weinberger, en route to a NATO
meeting in .West Germany, said there
was uncertainty about the exact nature
of the Soviet military moves.
But in Bonn, he called the thre4t
hanging over Poland "very serious,"
and said there would be no arms
limitations talks with Moscow "as long
as the Soviets continue to intimidate the
An adviser to Solidarity counseled the
independent labor union yesterday to 4
follow a no-strike strategy in order to
avoid provoking Soviet intervention in
this troubled country.
The adviser, lawyer Jan Olszewskti,
said only outside interference could
block the move toward reform within
the Polish Communist Party.
"The only thing that can rescue the
hard-liners from the rebellion of the
party's rank-and-file is intervention,"
he said in a statement published in a
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