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May 21, 1980 - Image 3

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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, May 21 1980-Page 3

$100 million
budget slash;
will hurt 'U

An executive order to be issued by
Gov. William Milliken next Tuesday
that would slash $100 million from the
state budget will mean major cuts in
state appropriations allocated to the
In a meeting with legislative leaders
yesterday morning, the governor
proposed cuts including a $7 million
reduction in higher education funds,
state officials said yesterday.
THE UNIVERSITY'S share of the
cut, according to Director of the State
Office of the Budget Tom Clay, would
come from $146.4 million budgeted for
the current fiscal year ending in Oc-
University Vice-President and-Chief
Financial Officer James Brinkerhoff
said the University would have to
reserve judgement about the proposed
budget cuts until tomorrow. "We'll
have to wait until we know more about
it," he said.
University President Harold Shapiro
indicated last Friday that staff layoffs
will be included in next year's
preliminary University budget plans.
He said the 1974-75 strategy of attem-
pting to retain the entire staff and make
cutbacks elsewhere is now "inap-
GENE FARNUM, director of the
Senate fiscal agency, called the $100
million figure a "ballpark" estimate
and said the actual cut may be larger.
"The figures add up to be more than
that," he said.
Farnum revealed that in addition to
the $7 million higher education budget
cut, other tentative cuts included $35
million from public school aid, $2'
million .from community colleges, $25
million from state revenue sharing, $8
million from capital outlay, $10 million
from welfare programs, and $30 million

from various state departments.
Farnum said Milliken had not wanted
to cut funding in these areas, and for
this reason no other programs, withthe
exception of state agencies, have been
cut back before.
necessary, according to State Budget
Director Gerald Miller, to counteract a
slumping economy that is twice as bad
as the recession of 1974-75. March tax
revenues were down by $20 million, six
per cent behind last year, while unem-
ployment and the cost of social services
have skyrocketed. Clay attributes the
loss in tax revenues to the "awful per-
formance of the auto industry. Sales
were off 42 per cent for the first 10 days
of May," he said, "and Michigan-
produced cars did even worse."
The Michigan constitution does not
allow the state budget to be in a deficit
at the end of the fiscal year. The excess
money will have to be cut from the
budget by October.
"I don't think there will be any ad-
ditional cuts this fiscal year," Clay
said, "there is so little time left. But
next year we can expect the situation to
be a lot worse."
In his January budget proposal,
Milliken recommended $160.3 million to
higher education for fiscal year 1981.
The amount was reduced by $5 million
last month, according to Clay.
The governor is required to give the
legislature five days notice of an
executive order. The House and Senate
Appropriations Committees will have
10 days to approve or reject it once it
has been issued.
"We thought we'd be all right," said
Farnum, "until the revenue figures
made it clear that we don't have any
alternative (but to make more cuts).
We would prefer not to do it - it's not
going to be easy," he said.

Light turnout
A voter, standing safely within the confines of the curtain at the Michigan
Union, casts her vote in yesterday's presidential primary. See story,
Page 5.
Strang tye of
sex act ktiitng
MSU students

A 20-year-old marketing major at
MichiganState University who was
found dead last-week with a scarf tied
around his neck and bedpost is one of
seven MSU students who, over the past
several years, have died from a bizarre
form of masturbation.
FBI officials add that the annual
death rate in Michigan from the sexual
practice is 20, while the nationwide rate

Michigan House to vote today
on security deposit interest bill
By JOYCE FRIEDEN against the bill, claims that "non-professional" landlords
who rent a small number of units as a sideline will bear the
The state House of Representatives is expected to act brunt of the proposal's negative effects.
today upon a bill that-would require landlords to pay their . "The rent for a two-person apartment (in this area) is
tenants interest on security deposits. Opponents of the around $450," explained Weaver. "An interest rate of five per
legislation have claimed the paperwork involved in cent means that you are talking about paying each tenant
processing the payments would be too costly to make the $11.25 ... the red tape involved is just not worth it." Weaver
program worthwhile. added that the landlord would have to fill out Internal
The proposal, formally known as House Bill 4037, would Revenue Service (IRS) form 1096 for each interest payment
require all landlords to return the deposits to their tenants made, and IRS form 1099 for the total amount of the money
with an additional five per cent allowance, and would affect given out.
the approximately 2,000 owners of rental units in Washtenaw However, State Representative Perry Bullard (D-Ann
County. Arbor) saidheleels passage of the bill would be worthwhile.
PI IL WEAVER, PAST p-csident'f the h s M 61-Tben'dlord~igetting the usj of several hundred'dollars of,
Property Owners' 'As ocfatios' vh6l'h s lb6bied in Lansing , a" , 5 See S TE, Page 5.

may beas high as 5,000.
"STRANGUBATION," "auto-erotic
death," and "sexual asphyxia" all
describe the same type of death caused
when individuals attempt to enhance
the pleasures of masturbation by
restricting the supply of oxygen to the
"When you go beyond a certain
point," explained MSU Department of
Public Safety Capt. Ferman Badgely,
"you get to the point of no return."
The practice was described by an
MSU student who asked not to be iden-
tified. Be explained that one end of a
scarf - Badgely added that belts,
towels, ropes, and in one case, a blood-
pressure cuff were also used - is tied
arouod an immovable object. The other
end is tied into a slip-knot, and pulled
tightly around the neck. This decreases
the supply of blood - and oxygen - to
the brain, producing a dizzy, light-
headed, euphoric feeling. The in-
dividuals attempt to synchronize this
feeling with their climax to enhance
sexual pleasure.
agent who now works for the state at-
torney general's office, said an "escape
mechanism" is often developed by the
practitioner soothe blood supply to the
See STRANGE, Page 13

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