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e Michigan Daily
Vol. XCI, No. 9-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, May 16, 1981 Sixteen Pages
U officials join ov. Milliken

Gover
the Prop
yesterda
final bi
decided
measure
"It's a
of prom
He then
to begin
paigning
in develo
WILL
Prnnqs

in support of Proposal'A
tee-which has raised about $210,000 to and universities, formally come out in growth to 6 percent by prop
By SUE INGLIS push the tax bill-said most polls in- favor of the proposal. unless raised by local voters.
withwirereports dicate roughly one-third of the elec- If passed, Proposal A will: MANY UNIVERSITY offi
nor William Milliken admitted torate remains undecided on the issue. " Slash homestead property taxes port Proposal A, even thoul
posal A race is too close to call "That is going to be the determining used for operating schools and local likely mean a reduction in th
ay as he crossed the state in a factor," Rustem said, "whether they go governments by one-half; sity's appropriation from the
d to sell a large bloc of un- vote and how they vote." " Cut local individual income taxes on 'net reduction from the state'
1 voters 'in favor of the tax Many state officials and legislators the first $40,000 of taxable income by fund as it compensates for th
e. strongly back the bill and plan to step one-half; shift from property to s
toss up," Milliken told a group up campaign efforts this weekend. A " Increase sales tax from 4 percent to revenues is expected to 1
inent Gratiot County farmers. number of television ads prominently 5 percent; $240,000 million. Should Pr
moved on to Flint and Saginaw featuring Milliken are scheduled to ap- " Require the state to return to local pass, Milliken has announced
a- weekend of vigorous cam- pear over the weekend. governments and schools funds lost by to cut an additional $85 million
g for the bill he had a large hand And as the May 19 ballot date draws property tax cuts and the revenue entire state general fund in
oping. nearer, state and local organizations, generated by the sales tax increase; Another $165 million redi
IAM RUSTEM, co-director of as well as several officials from and, already incorporated in th
al A's campaign commit- Michigan's 13 state-supported colleges " Limit yearly property tax revenue proposed budget for fiscal 1982

erty type,
cials sup-
igh it will
Le Univer-
state. The
s general
e possible
ales tax
be about
oposal A
d he plans
n from the
October.
uction is
e state's
.2.

At this point, it is unclear which state
programs the legislature would target
for cutbacks if Proposal A passes.
However, University officials say they
are convinced that the economic im-
pact of Proposal A, no matter how ex-
tensive the cuts, would be infinitely bet-
ter than a possible Tisch III proposal
next fall.
''WE THINK there is no question that
there will be another Tisch in 1982,"
said Vice-president for State Relations
Richard Kennedy. The Tisch tax cut
amendment (Proposal D)-defeated
last fall-would have produced a
massive cut in state revenues, leaving
an estimated minus $621 million for
higher education and other state
programs.
"Whether it (Proposal A) passes or
not, we are in for a big change," said
James Brinkerhoff, University vice
president and chief financial officer,
noting a statewide sentiment that
"taxes borne by property-holders are
excessive."
Kennedy noted that "we do not expect
to emerge untouched" by cuts in ap-
propriations the legislature will have to
See 'U', Page 6

THOMAS CONSIGLIO AND his wife, Virginia chat with Gov. William Milliken earlier this week in Southgate during a
door-to-door campaign to gain support for Proposal A. After the Governor's visit, Consiglio said he is "selling the house
because I can't afford to keep paying the taxes on it."

Recovery
-of Pope
continues;
outlook is
brighter

FromAPandUPI
ROME - Pope John Paul II began
moving his arms and legs in physical
therapy yesterday as the outlook for his
recovery brightened. Meanwhile,
Italy's state prosecutor said he suspec-
ted the Turkish terrorist who shot the
pope had accomplices but he was not
convinced therewas an international
conspiracy.
"If the act were the work of a single
terrorist, there would be a quick trial,"
state prosecutor Luciano Infelisi said in
a televised interview: "I don't think
there will be a quick trial. I think the
investigation will be long."
Infelisi said he was "not convinced"
there was an international conspiracy
to kill the pope. But he said prosecutors
had issued arrest warrants for
"unknown persons" who may have
helped the Turkish terrorist attack the
pope-
FOR THE FIRST TIME since he was

hit in St. Peter's Square Wednesday,
John Paul gave a papal blessing - to a
team of his doctors, nurses and
technicians. "It was a moving scene.
Just about everybody was in tears,"
said a nurse at Rome's Gemelli
Policlinico Hospital.
The pontiff, who turns 61 on Monday,
underwent abdominal surgery for
multiple lesions caused by a bullet that
pierced the abdominal cavity. He was
running a slight fever and suffering
pain but the hospital director, Dr. Luigi
Candia, stressed this was normal.
Two women also were hit in the
shooting. Ann Odre, 58, of Buffalo,
N.Y., was in serious condition with
wounds in the abdomen, and Rose Hall,
21, wife of an American missionary in
Wuerzburg, West Germany, was in
good condition with an arm wound.
MEANWHILE, ITALIAN
prosecutors interrogated Mehmet Ali
Agca, seeking to establish whether the

23-year-old escaped Turkish assassin
acted alone - as he has claimed. They
were joined by two Turkish in-
vestigators flown to Rome to render
assistance.
An investigator quoted by the ANSA
news agency said Agca brought his
pistol to Rome while traveling by train
from Switzerland in mid-April and left
it in a luggage locker in Rome's Ter-
mini station until he carried out the at-
tack on the pope.
The investigator said Agca must have
spent at least $100 a day on his travels
in Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Spain, Fran-
ce, Switzerland and Italy "and because
he did not use checks he must have got-
ten cash in several European cities.
THE TURKISH Embassy official,
who declined to be identified, said, "In
Turkey, terrorist organizations - in-
dependent from their ideologies -
have always helped each other, but
See POPE, Page 10

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