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stage for tax
- cut battle with
LANSING (UPI) - Gov. William:
Milliken began at a bill-signing
ceremony yesterday what he hopes will
be a bipartisan fall offensive to woo
voters away from the Tisch tax-cut
proposal with his own more moderate
Milliken, flanked by legislative
leaders and other officials, called the
signing of nine bills which accompany
the $800 million tax shift plan "the
beginning of a major effort to carry the
story of his proposal to the people of
THE TAX shift, developed during
weeks of tedious legislative
negotiations, cuts property taxes by an
average of $350 per homeowner, while
making up lost revenues by raising the
sales tax from four per cent to 5.5 per
It was placed on the fall ballot by
legislative action and the bills signed by
Milliken will take effect only if it is
The Tisch proposal would slash
property taxes in half while making a
compensating tax hike extremely dif-
ficult. Author Shiawassee County Drain
Commissioner Robert Tisch and his
supporters filed petitions to place their
plan on the ballot.
THE THIRD, so-called Smith-Bullard
plan, also supported by a petition drive,
would slash property taxes while
providing for an income tax hike.
Among those attending the session
were House Speaker Bobby Crim,
Senate Republican Leader Robert Van-
derLaan of Kentwood, state school
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Crim predicted yesterday it will take
a "minor miracle" for the legislature to
complete the 1980-81 budget by the start
of the fiscal year Oct. 1.
BUT AIDES TO Milliken said the
legislature's failure to approve spen-
ding would "make everything more dif-
"It'll be extremely difficult coming
right before an election," the speaker
said. "Everyone has an area they want
to protect while cutting somebody
else's area. It's hard to tell people the
money isn't there."
Crim predicted the legislature will
approve several major appropriations
bills, such as those for education and
social services, while passing
resolutions continuing present funding
of other areas.
The Senate last month approved
several appropriations measures. But
bleak revenue projections' have forced
state budget officials to begin work on a
revised, skeleton budget.
Since Michigan's fiscal year begins
Oct. 1, legislative leaders chose to skip AP Pho
the traditional June budget haggling GOV. WILLIAM MILLIKEN was busy yesterday signing and vetoing a number
and work on other issues, saying they of bills as Democrat House Speaker Bobby Crim (left) and Republican State
would have enough time when session Sen. Robert VanderLaan (right), both of whom worked with Milliken on his
reconvenes Sept. 3. tax plan, looked on.
Milliken vetoes rgt-to-strike
bill but hopes for compromise
LANSING (UPI)-Gov. William Milliken yesterday qualified authority to strike to accompany collective
vetoed legislation he said goes too far in legalizing public bargaining rights they have had since the 1960s.
employee strikes, but held out hope that renewed The measures-strongly opposed by many local gover-
negotiations can produce a compromise yet this fall. nment leaders-contained economic penalties for
The veto had been anticipated ever since talks on the management and labor to deter lengthy school strikes and
touchy issue failed to produce a compromise earlier this provided for back-to-work orders and binding arbitration for
summer, but still drew an angry reaction accusing Milliken some tough disputes which threaten the public health and
of "poor leadership." welfare.
THE BILL WAS the key measure in a package which Milliken said the anti-strike penalties were not strong
would have granted teachers and local government workers enough and opposed extending binding arbitration.
Some recipients may be
kieked off welfare roles
LANSING (UPI) - Gov. William
Milliken signed into law yesterday his
plan to temporarily kick off welfare
roles able-bodied recipients who refuse
to work or take job training courses.
Currently, those begging out of work
projects are cut off for 30 days but there
is no general penalty for refusing em-
BUDGET PLANNERS hope the bill
will save $3 million to $9 million per
year, but it will not take effect until a
separate measure cracking down on
Medicaid fraud is approved.
The measure was, the pbject ,of
emotional dVbttelin t4Eitgtsla.turegwth
lawmake' .epresent lg,- older -ultan
districts denouncing the work
requirement as "inhumane" and
The impact of the bill was softened
considerably by an amendment exem-
pting those who refuse work for "good
cause" including lengthy commuting.
The welfare measure was part of
Milliken's earlier order slashing $97.5
million from this year's recession-
The bill is "a balanced approach that
will provide opportunities for work
along with more enforceable,sanctions ,
for our field workers9" 8a&Deputy ,
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