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The Michigan Daily-Monday, February 29, 1988- PagQ7

Fleming 'disappointed'


Blanchard's proposed budget


(Continued from Page 1)
"The trend has been over this
decade for the proportion of funding
from the state to go down and the
proportion of funding from tuition
to go up," he said. In 1978-79, the
state was responsible for 61 percent
of the general fund, Fleming said.
The state is only carrying 49 percent
this year.
Both university and state officials
acknowledge the extreme constraints
of this budget and the limited mone-
tary resources with which the state
must work, given Michigan's poor
economic condition.
"If I were to try to look down the
next ten years... it seems to me that
pattern cannot continue, or, if it
does, the system will be terribly
weakened," Fleming said. The result
would be to "cannibalize" the Uni-
versity by cutting back some pro-
grams and departments to fund those
areas with a higher priority.
State Sen. Jackie Vaughn (D-De-
troit), the lone Democrat on the
subcommittee, was unable to attend
the meeting. Sen. Robert Geake (R-
Northville), the other Republican
member of the three-member sub-
committee, said he doesn't forsee a
large increase over the governor's
proposed one percent hike.
The prospects for any increase are
"not very good at all," Geake said,
adding that "the entire state economy
is in a rather flat mode right now."
He did say, however, that it was too
early to tell the specifics of any in-
crease or if the budget would be ap-
proved by the legislature as proposed
by Blanchard. Historically, the
legislature has upped the governor's

Fleming said increased state
funding is needed to accommodate
the skyrocketing costs of library
materials, and the need to compete
with peer institutions over high fac-
ulty salaries.
Duderstadt, responding to a ques-
tion from Geake, said the precarious
budget picture, as well as salary
prospects and facilities available for
research, is hurting the University's
ability to recruit top faculty.
"They simply didn't have confi-
dence in the ability of the state to
support research universities over the
long term," he said.
Sederburg sought the opinions of
Fleming and Duderstadt, as well as
UM-Dearborn. Chancellor William
Jenkins and UM-Flint Chancellor
Clinton Jones, also in attendance, on
many aspects of the proposed bud-
get, including a provision that would
earmark close to $16 million across
the board for student financial aid. Of
that, the University would receive
$3.6 million.
All the officials preferred the
monies be included in a lump

allocation to the general fund and not
be directed specifically toward stu-
dent aid.
"We would prefer it didn't have
strings attached to it," Duderstadt re-
sponded. He added that in such trying
economic times, universities must
have "maximum flexibility" with
their budgets.
The University requested an in-
crease of $50.2 million, or 11 per-
cent, from the state in October. If
the state met that entire request, tu-
ition increase would not increase.
The governor proposed a one percent
increase for the University in his
budget released in January.
The hearing was quite informal
and easy going, as officials inter-
mingled humor with their budgetary
After a discussions of tight eco-
nomic times for all three campuses
of the University, Sederburg offered
his congratulations for dedicated ser-
vice to retiring Chancellor Jenkins,
who will be stepping down June 30.
"Thank you," Jenkins responded.
"I'd rather have the money."

-Associated Press
Shultz tour
U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, on a mideast tour aimed at promoting the peace process, told a reporter
yesterday after a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, "we both feel we have a package that is
promising. At least we Americans think it's promising." To his right is his Egyptian counterpart Esmat Abdel-
City acted legally in approving rent
control petitions for ballot, judge says



Abroad on the Michigan-Wisconsin
Academic Year Program in
Florence, Italy

and why." (Continued from Page 1)
Henry added that signatures on a petition must be
notarized. But the city did not require rent control
petitions to meet these standards, he said.
City Attorney Bruce Laidlaw said that the state law
only applies to amendments to the city charter. The
rent control proposal would be an ordinance - passed
by citizens or city councils in compliance with the city
charter - rather than a city charter amendment, which
can only be changed by voter referenda.
Henry argued that ordinances must adhere to the
same rules as proposed charter amendments in order to
get a place on the ballot.
Laidlaw pointed out that the city has twice passed
ordinances through referenda and said the Home Rule
Act "has never been construed to apply to ordinance

Laidlaw called the Home Rule Act "rather
anachronistic" and said a separate section of state law
that deals with ordinance elections, like rent control,
superceded it.
"Michigan election law dismantled notary
requirements years ago," Laidlaw said.
After listening to lawyers from both sides, Deake
took their briefs and deliberated for about 15 minutes
before deciding in favor of the city. Deake said he found
that Section 25 of the act does not apply to ordinance
initiatives, adding that city requirements for such
initiatives comply with state law.
Henry said he was surprised both with Deake's
decision and the short amount of time he took to make
it. "I would expected him to take a day or maybe the
weekend," he said.
Tenant advocates were pleased with the decision.

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Community center funding approved

(Continued from Page 3)
storage, according to a proposal by
Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer James Brinkerhoff. The cen-
ter will not provide overnight hous-
At last week's public comments
session, family housing residents
told the regents that current facilities
are "grossly inadequate." Because of
the increase in single parents and
couples with dual careers, students
need larger facilities to gather to-
"We finally have a sense of

community in family housing,"
Harris said. "Until this year, it's
been a largely fragmented commu-
About 6,000 students currently
live in 1,668 family housing units
at the University Terrace, the
Northwood apartments, and the Ob-
servatory Lodge.
Because the current facilities are
spread over 150 acres, Luskin said,
"It's hard to develop a community
like you can on residence hall
According to Brinkerhoff's pro-

posal, the money for the $1,660,000
center will be raised through a $3.55
per month increase in individual
family housing rent. His recom-
mendation was based on earlier re-
ports from the Residents' Council
and the Family Housing Rate Com-
During last Friday's meeting, the
regents also voted to approve a 5.6
percent overall rent increase for stu-
dents living in residence halls. For
double rooms, the basic rate will in-
crease by $200 to $3,425. The new
rates will be effective next year.
required before the casinos can be set
"I've never been an optimist about
its chances," said Senate Majority
Leader John Engler (R-Mt. Pleas-
ant), an opponent of the bill
introduced last March by Sen. Jackie
Vaughn (D-Detroit).
Engler said arguments that casinos
would boost Detroit's economy are a
"delusion," and that they would in-
stead attract organized crime.



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Casino bill
faces stiff
in Lansing

LANSING (AP) - A bill that
would legalize casino gambling in
Detroit is drawing little support from
key lawmakers, many of whom have
already made up their minds to
oppose it.
Detroit Mayor Coleman Young
has appointed a commission that will
make a recommendation on whether
to endorse gambling houses in Det-
roit, though legislative approval is



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