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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 11, 1997 - 3

Uion fight ends
disturbances
Several disturbances took place
parly Saturday morning just follow-
ing an altercation between fraternity
,.members and several football players
at a dance at the Michigan Union,
,according to Department of Public
Safety reports.
The tail lights on a DPS vehicle were
broken before 6 a.m. by unknown peo-
ple while parked on Richard Kennedy
bve. The tail lights of a second DPS
Thicle parked at the Michigan Union
also were broken.
Also that morning, a University
building coordinator reported being
struck with a bottle in the chest while on
Madison Street, between South Quad
and West Quad. The victim declined
emergency medical treatment.
Ā§pium overdose
.ccurs at Bursley
A caller reported to DPS on Saturday
that his brother was acting "weird" and
pretending he was God, DPS reports
state.
Police reported that the caller said his
brother took an unspecified amount of
opium Friday evening. DPS arrived at the
lursley residence hall room, and Ann
,bor Fire Department and Huron Valley
bulances also were originally called
to the scene, but later were told that addi-
tional help was unnecessary. The subject
was escorted to the psychiatric emer-
gency ward at University Hospitals, and
was later admitted to the hospital.
DPS officers also seized 12.2 grams
of marijuana from the resident's room.
The marijuana was tagged and placed
into evidence, police said.
'uspect flees as
window breaks
A suspect was found attempting to
enter a house on the 800 block of East
University Ave. on Thursday, according
to Ann Arbor Police Department
reports. The suspect ran away when a
resident of the house spotted him.
The resident allegedly heard someone
lking on ice and looked outside. He
saw a male suspect standing under the
Window and then saw him kick out one
of the basement windows, the report
states. When the resident pounded on
th; window, the suspect fled.
Victim beaten
with nun-chucks
A victim was assaulted Thursday
night in Ypsilanti and taken to
University Hospitals' emergency room,
DPS reports state.
The victim was beaten with nun-
chucks, then robbed of $20 to $30, a
black leather jacket, and a book bag. The
victim reported blurred vision, a possible
broken right wrist and a swollen head.
DPS officers believe the suspect
knew the victim, reports indicate.
drunk students
go sledding
Several students were found sledding
zi the valley area of Nichols Arboretum

Thursday night, DPS reports stated.
The main group of sledders reported
that an intoxicated friend had wandered
' but was later located by DPS officers.
Car impounded
for unpaid tickets
A University Hospitals staff person
reported that her car was stolen last
Saturday, according to DPS reports.
DPS investigators found that the staff
person's car was impounded by the city
because of unpaid parking tickets.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Jenni Yachnin.

Engler campaigns for new employment plan

Engler proposes plan
to raise employment
level to 100%
By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
In a campaign to reduce the state's
welfare recipients to zero and lift the
employment rate to 100 percent, Gov.
John Engler has proposed to double
funding to one of his trademark pro-
grams - Project Zero.
Project Zero is a service that provides
welfare recepients with counselors to
help them locate jobs, transportation to
work and child care. It was implement-
ed in six counties on a trial basis and
Engler said it has been successful in
reducing caseloads at the Family
Independence Agency, the state's wel-

fare program.
"It's been an overwhelming success,"
said John Truscott, an Engler
spokesperson. "The caseworkers in the
counties that it was implemented in are
seeing how successful it is."
One statistic Truscott cited is the 40-
percent employment rate of Detroit
Project Zero clients.
"We've doubled the rate of people
working in some areas in a very short
amount of time," Truscott said.
However, some legislators say they
are skeptical about the efficiency of the
welfare reform.
"I don't think they are serious about
accomplishing full employment;' said
state Sen. Joe Young Jr. (D-Detroit).
Young said Project Zero does not
do an adequate job of providing trans-
portation and childcare - two ser-

vices he said would aid many people
in working.
"We have individuals who leave at

four or five in the
work at eight,"
Young said.
"Also, who
wants to go to
work just to pay
for childcare?
The problem
remains the
same."
Truscott said
state Democrats
do not approve

morning to get to
It's bei
overwheli
success."
Engler

"In Ottawa County, it's been quite
successful so far" said state Sen. Leon
Stille (R-Spring Lake), who is chair of
the Local, Urban and State Affairs com-
mittee. "If it's
successful in the
current area, why
f an not try it in a
larger area?"
nrng Sen. Alma
Wheeler Smith
(D-Salem Twp.)
said she is wor-
John Truscott ried that a pro-
spokesperson gram concentrat-
ed in only certain
areas will not meet federal standards,
which mandate enrolling 75 percent of
unemployed families in ajob placement
program.
"We need to do a lot more," Smith

said. "If we had that kind of concen
trated effort statewide, that goal might
be met."
University researchers are studying
the effectiveness of Project Zero' by
interviewing directors of the FIA4'ho
implement the program. They s'aid
they cannot yet reach conclusiOns
about the project, but said they have
made some observations.
"It seems like the FIA had trouble
implementing all of the services," said
Kristen Seefeldt, a University research
associate.
Seefeldt said the December statistics
may not demonstrate the full efficiency
of Project Zero because it was still in a
transition phase.
"Those reflect numbers without
programs up in all areas," Seefeldt
said.

of the legislation because "it's more of a
partisan issue for them."
Some Senate Republicans encourage
expansion of the program because they
say it lowers unemployment rates.

Screaming justice

Ann Arbor City

,_

Council looks at
income taX proposal

AP PHOTO
Anna Elwood, Lynn Furay and Joanne Gavin protest the execution of convicted murderer Richard Brimage Jr. yesterday in
Huntsville, Texas. Brimage was executed for the 1987 murder of Texas A&I University student Mary Beth Kunkel.
State orere to renovate pnson

Tax would affect out-
of-town University
employees
By Meg Exley
Daily Staff Reporter
The Ann Arbor City Council is con-
sidering a revenue-generating income
tax that will affect University employ-
ees who do not call Ann Arbor home.
However, the proposal is not expect-
ed to boost students' taxes.
School of Public Policy Dean
Edward Gramlich and a group of grad-
uate students in the School of Public
Policy presented the council with the
results of a tax study conducted since
September.
His final report, distributed to coun-
cilmembers for the first time last week,
examines how a city income tax would
affect residents, employees and busi-
nesses.
The income tax would be aimed pri-
marily at non-residents who commute
to work in Ann Arbor but don't pay to
use roads, water lines or parks - many
of whom are University employees.
But the proposed tax would have an
income threshold that would ensure that
most students who work in Ann Arbor
wouldn't have to pay higher taxes.
Jim Kosteva, University community
relations director, said University offi-
cials don't intend to support or oppose
the proposed issue because it's a city
matter.
"The proposed income tax would not
affect the University directly since it's a
tax-exempt public institution;' Kosteva
said. "However, we do realize that it
would affect University employees and
working students."
Kosteva said as with any tax-shift
issue, the extent to which an income tax

would impact people depends on sever-
al factors: location of residency, vfue
of one's property and the amount ..of
income generated by an individual.
"Obviously, any University employee
that lives outside of city limits will be
negatively affected," Kosteva said.
According to Gramlich's study, the
University's more than 50,000 employ-
ees earn about SI billion a year, but 53
percent of these workers don't live in
Ann Arbor.
The study calculates that the. city
would obtain about $6.8 million fr0m
University salaries with an income tax,
$2.4 million which will come from P$o-
ple who don't currently live in the city
and therefore don't pay property tai in
Ann Arbor.
Kosteva said that if an income tax is
eventually approved, there might-be a
subtle shift in where University
employees choose to live.
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon
said it is still too early to predict the
outcome to the income tax proposal:
"This issue can be approached from
many different directions" Sheldon
said. "Prof. Gramlich's study is a"sig-
nificant information tool that council
will be using to create a workble
financial plan."
Sheldon said councilmembers don't
have the luxury of time to carefully
consider all options.
"We are not in a desperate situation;'
Sheldon said. "Right now we still have
a sufficient fund balance to cover nec-
essary services, but we will have to take
financial action in the near future.'
The idea of an income tax in Ann
Arbor is not new. Voters rejected the tax
in both 1969 and 1972. Gramlich said
that if a tax is approved this year, it
would most likely go into effect in
1998.

LANSING (AP) - Gov. John
Engler's administration is going ahead
with $29.5 million in construction at
the State Prison of Southern Michigan
after arguing in federal court against
being ordered to do the work.
A spokeswoman for the Michigan
Department of Corrections said the
state intended to go ahead with part of
the project even as it asked a federal
appeals court to overturn a lower court's
order requiring it to break up the prison
into smaller units.
"We asked to halt the breakup of
Jackson after Phase I, but we knew at

the time, the two (phases) would func-
tion together. We couldn't just stop right
where we were at the end of (the first
phase) and have a totally functioning
prison," Gail Light said.
Light said since the construction stay
was granted, the state re-examined the
project to see what it wanted to build.
"We looked at the situation and said
we're going to do (the next phase) any-
way. There was a lot more to the
breakup that stopped. We're going to do
(the rest) the way we want to do it and
it might be less expensive than the way
the court wanted it to be done," Light

said.
"We see it as being able to do what is
in the best interests of the department."
The construction project at the
Jackson prison stems from a 1985 law-
suit by prisoners over conditions at the
facility.
A consent decree entered into by the
state as a result of that suit covers med-
ical care, programming, management
and operations of the prisons. Part of
the plan required breaking up the
Jackson prison into smaller units.
The first phase of that has been com-
pleted at a cost of $75 million.

ADMISSIONS
Continued from Page 1
applicants has yielded an 80-to 85-per-
cent rate of acceptance in those who
attend," Monts said. "We think that
increased effort will be able to chip
away.at the deficit (of minority applica-
tions)."
Juan Sauceda, an Engineering senior
and co-chair of Alianza, said he felt he
had to seek out programs that could
attract minorities when he transferred to
the University before his junior year.
"I think that the University can do a
better job of recruiting," Sauceda said.
"I'm sure there are students out there,
we just have to find a way to attract
them."
Spencer said his department will not
lower admissions standards for minori-
ty applicants.
Machen said he is not concerned that
the decrease in minority applicants will
negatively affect the University's recent
diversity initiatives.
"If, in fact, we end up with a smaller
pool of applicants, we're just going to

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Sigma
Iota
Rho
International
Relations Honor
Society

Sigma Iota Rho, the
University of Michigan's
International Relations
Honor Society, would
like to congratulate its
new members:

JENNIFER BRADLEY-WIFT/Daily
Provost J. Bemard Machen addresses the Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs yesterday in the Fleming Administration Building.

Alyssa Dunn Joshua Ruebner
Jacob Shapiro Kara Hewes
Ben Lerner Jed Friedman
Erin Ross Brandon Ponichter
Kelly Thiel Danielle Lauzon
Jennifer Genovese Lisa Gewitz
Laura Hershey Sara Champly
Marisa Rothstein Scott Wilcox
Fatuma Sanneh Jean Rishel
Ethan Handleman Alan Izikson
Applications for winter term admission ore being
accepted until Feb. 14th and can be found at
7623 Haven Hall or at www.umich.edu/~Sigma

have to double our efforts to make this
as diverse a place as possible" Machen
said
D'Alecy said recruitment numbers

vary over time.
"I know there's a history and a pat-
tern, but there's also quite a bit of fluc-
tuation;' D'Alecy said.

Correction:
..Roberto Rodriguez is a co-chair of La Voz Mexicana. This was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.

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