tNew year may finally see a
resolution to balance budget
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WASHINGTON (AP) - After years
ofsummits, stalemates and just plain
peglect, 1997 promises the best oppor-
uity yet for the White House and
gress to finally shake hands on a
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g4n both sides
saying publicly that they crave such an
:;reement, Republicans and Democrats
3Wt out with fewer, lower hurdles.
w"The planets really are aligned this
year," said Robert Reischauer, former
director of the nonpartisan
Congressional Budget Office, who
inks a pact is likely.
Unlike two years ago, President
Clinton and many congressional
Democrats now voice acceptance of the
GOP's premise that federal deficits
must be eliminated. Clinton does not
face re-election and has less to gain by
casting Republicans as coldhearted
ers. Looking to
his legacy, he
has even said if
aligned' he could
one thing in his
second term, it
rt Reischauer would be bal-
)rmer director, ancing the bud-
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"implementation Congress" next year.
"There is no locked-in anything,"
House Budget Committee Chair John
Kasich (R-Ohio) said recently about
GOP demands. "The only locked in is
we'll balance the budget by 2002 with
no smoke and mirrors."
Some Republicans, speaking on con-
dition of anonymity, say they are likely
to seek not much more than the $122
billion in tax cuts over six years they
last proposed, a bow to the lack of pub-
lic demand for lowered taxes. They also
may limit their Medicare savings to
whatever Clinton wants to shield them-
selves from Democratic attacks. They
previously proposed saving $158 bil-
lion from Medicare, compared with
Clinton's $124 billion.
There are still substantial barriers to
the effort to eliminate deficits for the
first time since 1969.
Republicans must overcome bitter
memories of an election in which
Clinton and congressional
Democrats repeatedly accused them
of plotting to gut Medicare,
Medicaid and other social programs.
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ing failed last January
but left the two
sides within shouting distance of each
other's proposals for tax cuts and sav-
ings in Medicare, Medicaid and other
programs. And most Republicans, who
in 1995 unsuccessfully tried ramming
their budget priorities down Clinton's
throat, now hail compromise and incre-
mental action, with even House Speaker
Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) predicting an
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Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor),
iwho is, also a newspaper publisher,
plans to testify at today's hearing about
limitations OMA placed on the most
.cent University search.
"My testimony will urge that the act
e amended. I think the evidence from
our presidential search is compelling,"
Power said. "There is nothing in the act
that says the process of selecting a pres-
j4ent must be conducted at all steps in
1411 view of the public."
Hlarrison said today's hearing is a step
19aser to more definitive guidelines
Jout what types of meetings are per-
tted in presidential searches.
"There are enough people unhappy in
ihe Legislature with the way our search
hadto proceed," Harrison said, referring
to a Washtenaw County circuit court
juling that forced the regents to conduct
3shrmost the entire final phase of the
mearch in public.
- Judge Melinda Morris ruled that
Jndividual regents couldn't meet pri-
Vately with candidates or members of
Presidential Search Advisory
. mmittee. The Ann Arbor News, The
Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press
brought the case against the University
ust three days before the advisory com-
mittee was to announce its list of final-
While that case controlled the final
phase of the search, it was later dis-
missed Nov. 9 after Dartmouth Provost
Lee Bollinger had been chosen as the
next University president.
In dismissing the case, Morris ruled
that because the University completed
the search under the preliminary court
order, the case was "moot, as there is no
longer a case or controversy."
"We were puzzled and surprised,"
Harrison said about Morris' "unusual"
decision to dismiss the case.
"We were unhappy because we oth-
erwise could have questioned the con-
stitutional issue, but happy we didn't
have more wrangling in the court,'
If the case had proceeded, the
University might have had an opportu-
nity to challenge OMA on the grounds
that it interferes with the board's task to
select presidents - a job outlined in the
state constitution and a stipulation often
referred to by members of the board,
especially Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann
"The constitution clearly states that
the regents of the University should
select the president. The constitution
supersedes the Legislature," Baker said,
adding that the last time the Legislature
discussed the issue there were "so many
bells and whistles that it wasn't accept-
But since the Univerity's most recent
court case was dismissed, Harrison said
the University will look to the
Legislature and to a similar Michigan
State University case currently pending
before the Michigan Court of Appeals.
"I think there is still a real question of
the constitutionality of the act as it
applies to the University," Power said,
adding that he was "flabbergasted" at
Morris' decision to dismiss the case. He
said Morris' decisions have left some
people wondering if her original restric-
tions placed on the regents in the mid-
dle of the search will become the
Baker said the state Supreme Court
would be the most appropriate place to
find an answer.
"The quickest solution would be if
the appellate court finds for Michigan
State University," Baker said.
Schwarz agreed that this issue needs
to be decided quickly, but said the
state's lawmakers should set the stan-
"The Legislature should act defini-
tively in a clear fashion so there is no
misunderstanding and no one can mis-
construe what the legislative intent is,"
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