call for discipline
for jailed state rep.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -
House Republicans agreed yesterday
to call for disciplinary proceedings
against jailed state Rep. Dennis
Dutko, with GOP leader Paul
IHillegonds saying the Legislature's
integrity was at stake.
Hillegonds, the House Minority
Leader, said he hopes Speaker Lewis
Dodak (D-Birch Run) will have a
committee start hearings on Dutko's
Dutko (D-Warren) is serving a
year-long sentence in the Ingham
County Jail on a pair of drunken
driving convictions. Disciplinary op-
tions for the House include expelling
Dutko, censuring him, or suspend-
ing his pay of $42,670 a year.
Dodak said he, Hillegonds, and
other House leaders still were dis-
cussing what course the House
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Poland adopts, Bush said, "Let's
move apace, let's see what it is that
is required in terms of reform and
then we'll try to do everything we
On another subject, Bush con-
firmed that security has been tight-
ened around his four sons and one
daughter - all of them adults - but
said it was not in response to any
"hard threat" from Colombian drug
should pursue. "We're still talking
about it but at this point in time, I
don't know which way is the best
way to go."
Hillegonds (R-Holland) said dur-
ing a caucus yesterday the minority
Republicans decided the House
Oversight Committee should begin
immediate hearings and make a rec-
ommendation on discipline to the
"I just hope the Speaker is will-
ing to let the process work. If there
can't be bipartisan leadership agree-
ment on a process to review disci-
plinary options, there could be a
very bitter fight that could divide
both caucuses," he said.
"It will be a partisan battle, but I
think in both caucuses there will be
a range of opinions on what the ap-
propriate response to the Dutko inci-
dent should be."
The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 28, 1989 - Page 5
Bush drug plan
WASHINGTON (AP) - The package contained most of what
Senate yesterday overwhelmingly could profitably be spent in 1991
approved a $9.4 billion compromise and that any shortfall could be in-
plan to pay for the Bush administra- serted in a revised version of the plan
tion's war on drugs and an assort- due in February.
ment of ant-crime programs. Contained in the compromise
"This proposal represents the was the $7.9 billion sought by Bush
strongest first step we can make to as well as $400 million in crime
win the war against drugs," Sen. fighting funds he requested in June,
Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) said as $200 million for juvenile justice and
lawmakers voted 97-2 to attach the $900 million for an array of other
plan to an $11.9 billion money bill programs. Of those, $800 million
for transportation programs. would be devoted to education, pre-
vention and treatment and $100 mil-
"Weak shots across the bow will lion to law enforcement.
not cripple the garbage scow of drug The additional funds would be
violence and drug dependency," Byrd raised through a 0.43 percent cut in
said earlier, urging a strong initial federal spending.
assault. Reaching for the advantage on the
Voting against the measure were politically charged issue, Democrats
Republicans Jake Garn of Utah and took credit for reshaping the mea-
Steve Symms of Idaho. Senator Jim sure.
Sasser (D-Tenn.) did not vote. Majority Leader Georgei J.
The compromise emerged from a Mitchell (D-Maine) said the Bush
week of negotiations between the administration proposal in its initial
White House and Senate Democrats form was "painfully inadequate for
and Republicans that began when the task that we face in this country
Democrats moved to add $2.2 billion in dealing with drugs."
to the $7.9 billion plan unveiled by "We have a chance to do some-
President Bush in his Sept. 5 na- thing meaningful on the most seti-
tionally televised speech outlining ous domestic problem we face and
his war on drugs. we are going to take that action and
Democrats said more money was dramatically improve the program
needed for education, prevention and that the president proposed,"
treatment. Republicans said the Mitchell said.
Voters oppose boost
in state sales taX
Asked about a published report
that drug barons had threatened to
kidnap one of his children unless
granted amnesty, Bush said, "I have
not heard that and I feel confident I
would have if there'd been what I
call 'hard' intelligence."
Expressing confidence in the
Secret Service's ability to protect his
family, Bush said, "I don't live in
fear of anything like that...I can't do
my job if I get deterred by rumors.
Al Ness, at his stand in Nickels Arcade has been selling papers and
magazines in Ann Arbor for 55 years.
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to race seriously, unless you include
ttying to get to North Campus in
five minutes for your 8:30 lecture.
Brian Block, an Engineering Senior
and president of the U-M Bicycle
Club confirmed this, and said most
bicycling competition still is on the
However, Block pointed out that
mountain biking is particularly good
for winter cycling training. "The U-
M Bike Club is the only Ann Arbor
biking club that rides year-round,"
Block said. He also said the campus
club is planning a local Ann Arbor
bike race later this year, to be co-
sponsored with another local biking
A sampling of mountain bike
owners yielded some interesting re-
sults. One serious cyclist, LSA
sophomore Aaron Balkany, said that
while he races for a road bike club
most of the year, mountain biking is
an excellent way to stay in shape
during the fall and winter months.
"Mountain biking is good train-
ing for any sport," he said. "It's a
good cardio-vascular workout, and
excellent leg exercise, for runners or
When he wants a serious work-
out, Balkany heads for Pinckney
State Park, about 20 miles north of
Ann Arbor, for the steep hills and
hard trails. But for a tamer ride, the
area Metroparks and even the
Arboretum offer good trails, with
twisting paths and frequent inclines.
Balkany stressed that unexperi-
enced off-road riders should always
wear a helmet, for that unexpected
log or boulder.
In contrast, LSA senior Ivan Yee
bought his mountain bike just for
transportation. "It's easier to get
around on than a regular 10-speed,"
While his off-road cycle is
mostly used to cruise the campus
streets and sidewalks, Yee said he
tries to get to the Arboretum at least
once a week, for a more strenuous
The ease of the ride seems to be
one of the main attractions of moun-
tain bikes. LSA sophomore Paloma
Preysley said she bought her moun-
tain bike for the more comfortable
ride, with the straight handlebars.
"You can get a good-quality, sturdy
mountain bike for a lot less than a
good 10-speed," Preysley said.
As she chained her off-road cycle
to the handrail on the steps of
Angell Hall, and raced in, late for
class, it was obvious that mountain
bikes are a relatively inexpensive, re-
liable form of transportation for
cruising around wilderness trails, or
simply trying to negotiate the Diag
at noon between classes.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Both
ballot proposals to boost the state
sales tax and funnel more money to
schools are opposed by most
Michigan residents in a new poll,
Michigan State Chamber of
Commerce officials said yesterday.
One proposal, however, is trail-
ing only narrowly with the cam-
paign to pass it yet to reach high
Proposal A, which would raise
the sales tax from four percent to 4.5
percent in order to generate about
$400 million for education, is nar-
rowly opposed, 50 to 47 percent, the
The second proposal would raise
the sales tax to six percent, provid-
ing about $325 million for schools
and cutting property taxes. about
$1.6 billion. It is losing 56 to 40
percent, according to the poll.
"The survey clearly shows that
both proposed sales tax increases are
in trouble because if the election
were held today, they would be re-
jected by the voters," said Rich
Studley, state chamber vice president
of government relations.
The chamber opposes both pro-
posals and is working on developing
its own property tax relief plan, but
Studley said A and B are "the clear
and present danger.
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