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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 29, 1984
MAD says free zone defeat not total loss
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Reprsentatives from the Michigan
Alliance for Disarmament said yester-
day they won't rule out another cam-
paign to stop classified nuclear
weapons research in the city of Ann Ar-
bor as part of their struggle for an end
to the nuclear arms race.
The three representatives who spoke
at Campus Meet the Press in the Kuen-
zel Room of the Michigan Union worked
on the proposal to make the city nuclear
free which was defeated on the city's
Nov. 6 ballot.

BUT ALTHOUGH the measure was
defeated by about a 3-2 margin, the
MAD members said the campaign was
successful because it informed the
public about the dangers of the nuclear
arms race.
"There's a tremendous effect in
educating the community," said Janis
Michael, who backed the free zone
proposal. "Any tremendous political
change has to grow slowly."
"We have to concentrate on the 36
percent that voted yes," said Dan
Axelrod, a University physics

professor who worked on the free zone
"Most people are not willing to make
a small sacrifice towards peace, but we
have to do it ourselves, we can't trust
the government," Axelrod said.
"GOVERNMENT officials lie their
way into office, saying they desire
peace ... then they do as they please
when they're elected," he said.
"The government and its officials are
not listening, we have to take the initiative
... movements like ours, like the zone
show you can help," Michael said.

And because MAD members say the
government does not always listen to
the public's requests for peace, it's up
to individual citizens to work for change
through protests and letter writing
campaigns and in some cases, civil
"THE ARMS race has brought us to
such a serious circumstance ... that we
have to take risks," Michael said.
"Disarmament is not a single issue ...
we want to help. unite movements
against the race," said Justin Schwar-
tz, a University graduate student.

Treasury Department claims its plan
for revamping the federal tax system
will do much to reduce the $90.5 billion a
year -lost to cheaters, but the agency
flatly rejects temporary amnesty as an
incentive for delinquent taxpayers to
settle their accounts.

says tax p la
In general, those who had failed to
file a return or had cheated on their
taxes would be given a brief time to
come into compliance without the
government imposing a penalty on
past-due taxes or threatening criminal
prosecution. In return, advocates say,
the government would get a substantial
amount of revenue that otherwise
might be lost.
BUT THE Treasury said this week in
a volumnious report to President
Reagan that, "Amnesties can only rein-
force the growing impression that the
tax system is unfair and encourages
taxpayer non-compliance."
And even if the amnesty were limited
to forgoing criminal prosecution, the ef-
fect would be much the same, Treasury
said. Even without amnesty its

may cut cheating

sweeping overhaul plan will make a big
dent in the $90.5 billion tax gap, which is
the Internal Revenue Service's 1981

estimate of what cheaters cost the
government each year in lost revenue.

Reagan eyes budget cuts


(Continued from Page 1)
cheon, refused to say what he would
recommend to Reagan.
Other Defense Department officials,
who spoke only on condition they not be
identified, said their fiscal 1986 budget
request will total about $333.7 billion, a
13.9 percent increase over the $292.9
billion which Congress approved for
Pentagon spending this year.
The list of budget-cutting options is
aimed at reducing the deficit from the
$206 billion projected for the current

fiscal year to between $165 billion and
$170 billion in fiscal 1986 and just over
$100 billion inm1988.
"If you can get the spending level....
coming down, if your budget continues
to increase to meet needs and whatever
inflation there is, but if it increases at a
lower rate than it has been and if the
growth of the economy you can bring
up, those two lines are going to meet
someday and when they meet, you've
balanced the budget," Reagan said.

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Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Arafat withdraws resignation
AMMAN, Jordan-Hailed by followers as "our leader until victory,"
Yasser Arafat yesterday withdrew his resignation as Palestine Liberation
Organization chairman amid a massive show of support for his battle with
Syrian-backed rebels for control of the PLO.
"I will reamin in the leadership and stay where I am in order to shoulder
my responsibilities because I am needed," Arafat told jubilant delegates to
the Palestine National Council, the Palestinian parliament-in-exile.
Arafat has routinely quit the chairmanship every year of the PLOT
executive committee with its 14 other members in preparation for the selec-
tion of a new panel.
But he delivered his resignation a day ahead of schedule in what he later
admitted was part of an orchestrated move to show he still commanded the
support of the PNC despite a challenge to his leadership by Syrian-backed
Blanchardrejects early release
as answer to crowded prisons
LANSING-Gov. James Blanchard is refusing to sign legally mandated
early release orders for overcrowded prisons in hopes of forcing a better
solution, a spokesman said yesterday.
Corrections officials said the governor's stance compounds the current
crowding problem. They said two outstanding court orders direct the state
to avoid overcrowding in its prisons.
The state's emergency Powers Act requires the governor to sign an order
slashing inmates terms by 90 days whenever the prison population exceeds
capacity for 30 consecutive days.
The act has been used nine times since it took effect in 1981, resulting iri
significant reductions in the terms of some inmates.
Concern over the law was weightened recently by the fatal shooting of an w
East Lansing police officer. A man accused of killing him won early release'
from a previous murder sentence thanks to the EPA.
That case has prompted a legislative investigation of the law.
U.S. productivity drops .7%
WASHINGTON-U.S. business productivity dropped 0.7 percent in the
third quarter of this year, breaking a two-year string of increases and rein-
forcing recent indications of a sharp national economic slowdown, thel
government reported yesterday.
Economists inside and outside the government said the figure would
almost certainly climb back to the plus side before long. And at the White
House, spokesman Larry Speakes indicated no alarm by the Reagan ad-
"You need some decent growth in the economy" to keep productivity
rising at a healthy rate, said Robert Ortner, the Commerce Department's-
chief economist. And, he said, economic growth at a significantly higher.
rate than in the third quarter wasn't likely until after the first part of nexi
"Investment is the economic fountain of youth," he said. "It raises
growth; it raises productivity."
At the White House, Speakes said that despite the new decline, "the longer
term productivity of the past few months.. . is quite impressive."
EPA chief Ruckelshaus quits-,
WASHINGTON - Environmental Protection Agency chief William'
Ruckelshaus resigned yesterday, saying he had accomplished his goal of
"steering a steady course" after taking over the troubled agency last year,
from Anne Burford.
Ruckelshaus, the first person to head the EPA when it was created in 1970,1
returned in May 1983 to replace the beleaguered Burford, who resigned un-
der fire after allegations of mismanagement and favoritism toward com-+
panies regulated by the agency. ;
Ruckelshaus, a former Indiana congressman who also served as deputy,
attorney general during Watergate, said he was resigning "with both regret,
and a sense of accomplishment" effective Jan. 5.
Reagan, in accepting the resignation "with great regret," praised'
Ruckelshaus' "reputation for leadership" thoughtfulness and personal in,






B'nai B'rith fights nativity scene


WASHINGTON-A major Jewish group wants the government to wait foii
one more Supreme Court ruling, expected next year, before adding 4
Nativity scene to the national Christmas display near the White House, an
official said yesterday.
Jeffrey Sinensky, legal director of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nal
B'rith, pointed to a pending high court case that may clarify a ruling last
March that allowed Pawtucket, R.I., to maintain a publicly owned Nativitg
scene set up on private property.
Based on that ruling, a Virginia man has offered to provide a creche for
the National Park Service to set up as part of the National Christmas
Pageant on the Ellipse just south of the White House.
For the past 11 years, the decorations for pageant have been non-religioust
The Park Service is part of the Interior Department, which had had no
comment on the matter yesterday.



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