The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 7, 1994 - 3
Engler declines challenge to debate merits of Proposal A
LANSING (AP) - Gov. John
Engler has declined to debate the
merits of Proposal A before the March
15 special election.
The Democratic co-chair of the
House Committee on Higher Educa-
tion challenged the governor to de-
bate the controversial ballot proposal
to reform the way public schools are
By MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
There are still students who don't
know where they're living next year.
Now there is a computer program to
assist these students in finding the
perfect home, and it is called Star-
Designed by alum Jim Schueler,
the program asks users for their pref-
erences concerning parking, build-
ing type, number of bedrooms and
even laundry facilities - and then
processes it and lists possible hous-
These specifications are entered
as rental worksheets, and the listings
are called notebooks. Both the
worksheets and notebooks are saved
under users' passwords for future
"I think it sounds like (the pro-
gram) would help," said LSA first-
year student Karen Krage after hear-
ing about Starboard. Krage was still
unsure yesterday of her fall housing
because she was in the lottery at
The software, which is available
at many computing sites, was origi-
"nally sold, but now it is being distrib-
uted free of charge. Schueler began
the venture as a financial one, but is
currently trying to perfect the bulle-
tin board before marketing the pro-
Schueler's idea to write the soft-
ware developed from the difficulties
he encountered upon moving back to
Ann Arbor a few years after gradua-
tion, and after recognizing the poten-
tial for students to find housing
through modem computing technol-
Schueler takes great pride in the
user-friendliness of the program.
Patrick Rogers, a student advisor at
Alice Lloyd, said, "I thought it was
pretty friendly." Rogers logged onto
Starboard in preparation for a work-
shop he gave for his residents about
Only about 180 students have
logged on since the beginning of the
year, and Schueler does not know of
anyone who has found housing
through the program. However, the
program is still expanding.
Schueler said, "I rely on the evalu-
ation part at the end to let me know
about any so-called kinks," and tries
to correct them within two or three
days. He added that he hopes to add
a map of Ann Arbor to the graphical
Engler spokesperson John
Truscott said the governor won't ac-
cept the challenge from Rep. Lynn
Jondahl, who's also running for the
Democratic gubernatorial nomina-
"I don't see it serving any con-
structive purpose," Truscott said. "The
governor is already booked to talk to
real people around the state."
Engler has town hall meetings and
other forums scheduled through Sat-
urday in Detroit, Saginaw, Flint, Bay
City, Grand Rapids, Clare, and Lan-
sing, Truscott said.
Jondahl said he issued his chal-
lenge because the ads for and against
Proposal A have been misleading and
"The issue is being lost in all the
con fusion," the Okemos Democrat
said. "It's clear to me that voters are
not clear. They don't know what's in
Truscott said no one had ques-
tioned the information from pro-Pro-
posal A ads.
Jondahl also said Engler's town
hall meetings have been one-sided
and don't offer enough information
about the ballot plan's drawbacks.
If voters approve Proposal A next
Tuesday, it would raise the sales tax
to 6 percent from 4 percent. The
proposal also would cut the state
income tax from 4.6 percent to 4.4
percent, and place a 6-mill property
tax on homes and also place a 24-
mill tax on businesses and second
It also would raise the state ciga-
rette tax from 25 cents a pack to 75
cents and put a new 16 percent tax on
other tobacco products.
A backup plan kicks in if the pro-
posal fails. It would raise the state
income tax from 4.6 percent to 6 per-
cent and put a 12-mill property tax on
homes and 24 mills on businesses and
Camel Lights pictured above are the best selling cigarettes at Diag Party store, said one employee
U' study reveals potential
economic benefits of
restricting tobacco sales
By ANDREA MACADAM
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
A drop in tobacco consumption would improve more
than just the public's health. Contrary to the tobacco
industry's claims, the economies of non-tobacco states
would also benefit, according to a new University study.
The report, which is based on a case study of the
Michigan economy, found that a decrease in tobacco sales
in the state would mean more jobs and higher earnings for
"In fact, in most or possibly all non-tobacco states, the
reallocated spending might be expected to produce more
employment than does tobacco," wrote Kenneth Warner,
a professor of public health policy and administration,
and George Fulton, a research scientist in the University's
Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations and the Depart-
ment of Economics, who co-authored the report.
A spokesperson for the Tobacco Institute, a non-
profit organization that represents cigarette manufac-
turers, declined to comment saying the Institute does
not issue statements to campus publications.
The study first examined how the Michigan economy
would be affected if all tobacco sales ended in the state
and expenditures on tobacco were redirected into sales of
other goods and services.
According to Warner and Fulton's findings, employ-
ment would increase in a tobacco-free, Michigan economy
because it wouldn't need to "export" the money spent on
tobacco products back to tobacco states.
"In a tobacco-free economy, more Michigan dollars
would stay in the state to generate more jobs," the report
Job earnings would also be higher, according to the
study, as the demand for labor increased in the stronger
economy and a change in the mix of industries in the
economy from lower- to higher-paying industries oc-
THE WASHINGTON POST
WASHINGTON - Before hun-
dreds of lobbyists and government
officials in the regal House Ways
and Means Committee chamber,
Congress officially began work yes-
terday on changing the way Ameri-
cans buy and receive medical care.
After months of waiting for the
White House to design and refine a
health plan, and watching the public's
comfort level with it complicated
details slip away, the opening of the
Subcommittee on Health mark-up
yesterday refocused attention on the
obvious: this is Congress' ball now
and it is carrying it forward.
"This is where it's at after all the
months of hoping and trial balloons.
We're finally at ground zero," said
David Hebert, lobbyist for the Na-
tional Association of Life Under-
writers. "Anyone interested in health
care should be in this room."
Ground zero was the gilded Com-
mittee chamber under the deliberate
management yesterday of subcom-
mittee chair Fortney "Pete" Stark
(D-Calif.) whose attacks on the
Clinton plan have been colorful and
Now it is Stark, his 11 subcom-
mittee members and his self-designed
Medicare-style reform that are in the
crosshairs of the professional repre-
sentatives of corporations, industry
coalitions and consumer groups ea-
ger to shape or defeat reform.
As Stark's subcommittee crept
through a reading of his bill, Rep.
John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) chair of
the House Energy and Commerce
Committee-one of two other House
panels with major health care juris-
diction - signaled that he is consid-
ering modifying one or two of the
most controversial elements of the
Clinton plan: health insurance pur-
chasing "alliances" and a requirement
that employers purchase insurance for
Dingell has previously been un-
qualified in his public support for
Clinton's plan. But speaking before
the American Medical Association
yesterday, he said he doesn't "care a
lick" how the goal of universal cov-
erage is achieved. He called much
of the criticism of alliances justified
and said the proposed payment by
employers will "probably be al-
While the lobbying buzz around
health care reform has been palpable
for months, yesterday it was discern-
ibly louder as spouses and members
of various national associations
walked the Congressional halls, and
separate coalitions of labor unions
and business groups announced their
multimillion-dollar public relations
Three labor unions said they would
spend $6 million on television ads,
funded mainly by a New York-based
health care workers' union, to counter
the successful "Harry and Louise" cOm-
mercials of the Health Insurance Asso-
ciation of America. The National Res-
taurant Association released a televi-
sion spot, part of a $1 million campaign
against Clinton's proposal. This propa-
ganda was an effort to require employ-
ers to pay part of their workers' insur-
President Clinton, meanwhile,Ihas
had private meetings in the last several
weekswith two Ways and Meansmom-
bers, Peter Hoagland (D-Neb.) andBill
K. Brewster (D-Okla.) plus at least five
members of Dingell's committee, each
considered swing or undecided votes.
Most of them also met separately with
Hillary Rodham Clinton.
A tobacco-free Michigan could improve its economy.
Warner and Fulton projected 1992 earnings would
have been about $226 million more if Michigan's economy
Under more realistic scenarios, such as a doubling of
the recent decline in tobacco sales, the study still found a
slightly improved Michigan economy, which would have
resulted in 312 more jobs in 1992.
"In every case, elimination or reduction of tobacco
expenditures increases employment, without exception,"
Warner and Fulton concluded.
State revenues, however, could decrease due to the loss
of cigarette excise tax revenues.
Clinton schedules visit to
Detroit job training institute
WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi-
dent Clinton plans to visit a unique
job training center when he travels to
Detroit next week for a jobs confer-
ence with economic leaders of six
other nations, Sen. Carl Levin said
The field trip to Focus:HOPE's
Center for Advanced Technologies is
set for late Sunday afternoon, said
Levin, a Michigan Democrat andlong-
time advocate of the program.
The meeting of the Group of Seven
industrialized democracies, known as
the G7, is set for Monday and Tnes-
day, March 14-15.
Focus:HOPE began as a food dis-
tribution center and now includes a
machinist training institute, a day care
center and manufacturing plants.
Michelle Brooks was not found guilty on one count of larceny by conversion. This was incorrectly reported in
yesterday's Daily. The Daily sincerely apologizes for any embarrasment caused by this error.
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