The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, May 11, 1982-Page 3
Brickley backs tax hike proposal
By BILL SPINDLE
Lt. Gov. James Brickley, a
Republican frontrunner in this year's
gubernatorial race, defended the
Milliken administration's proposed tax
hike yesterday during an Ann Arbor
"If there is anything I am an enemy
of, it's taxes," Brickley said ina speech
to local business leaders at the Briar-
wood Sheraton Hotel. "The trouble is
that in order to have tax relief in the
future, we have to re-tool the economy
BRICKLEY, the only gubernatorial
candidate to support the proposed tax
increase, has been the target of sharp
criticism from other candidates for his
Brickley, however, said Michigan's
proposal is not out of the ordinary when
compared to other states. More than 30
states raised taxes last year when
Michigan didn't, according to Brickley,
and 26-including Michigan-are con-
sidering tax hikes this year.
"We don't stand out because we are
raising revenues," Brickley said. What
does make this state stand out, he ad-
ded, is that the state's tax hike will be
BRICKLEY ALSO went out of his
way to assert his independence from
Gov. Milliken, denying he accepts the
tax hike blindly, and at one point
saying, "I do have ideas of my own."
Brickley, who rushed to make the
speech between emergency sessions of
the state legislature, cited recent
changes in the economy that have af-
fected the state's government.
"For the first time in thirty years, we
have the politics of the shrinking pie,"
said Brickley. "Politicians have to do
the hardest thing ... say no."
Brickley, who is chairman of the
governor's High Technology Task For-
ce, said the state is taking a big step
toward a much-needed economic diver-
sification with its commitment to high
At the same time he asserted that the
state must preserve its educational
resources, because the emphasis on
high technology will require "job
training and retraining that will
stagger the imagination."
Brickley is one of four candidates
campaigning for the Republican
nomination in the August 3 primary
election. The other candidates are state
Sen. Jack Welborn of Kalamazoo,
Oakland County Prosecutor L. Brooks
Patterson, and tax limitation figure and
insurance executive Richard Headlee.
Daily Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS
LT. GOV. JAMES BRICKLEY SPEAKS AT THE Sheraton yesterday,
praising the state's movement toward establishing high technology as one of
Michigan's major industries.
'U' survey finds consumers pessimistic
ANN ARBOR (UPI) - American consumers
generally are pessimistic about the economy and
wary of going into debt or dipping into their savings to
make major purchases, University of Michigan
economic researchers reported yesterday.
The University's quarterly Survey of Consumer
Attitudes found no evidence of the traditional signs
of economic recovery-consumer interest in home,
car and major consumer good purchases.
RESEARCHERS based their conclusions on sur-
veys of 2,000 representative consumers from across
the country during the first quarter of 1982.
EAST LANSING (UPI) - A
Michigan State University student
ousted from his fraternity when mem-
bers learned he was gay has been or-
dered reinstated by a university civil
"I'm very glad to see the university
stand behind its anti-discrimination
policy - that it's not just mouthing the
words," said Matt Gatson, director of
the MSU Lesbian-Gay Council.
THE MSU Anti-Discrimination
Judicial Board said John Nowak of
Westland, who also is active in the
Lesbian-Gay Council, was suspended
by the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity
because of his sexual preferences - a
violation of university policy.
Nowak, who said he left the fraternity
last November because of harassment The b
by other members said he does not plan asking
to move back into the house.
They also determined that consumer confidence in
government's ability to reduce inflation and unem-
ployment dropped to the lowest point recorded since
President Reagan took office.
Among all families responding to the survey 29
percent thought the government was doing a poor
job, while 23 percent thought the government was
doing a good job, the survey said.
SEVENTY PERCENT of all respondents said they
were reluctant to draw on accumulated savings to
make large purchases - up sharply from 54 percent
two years ago. Only 13 percent of all families said
they were not reluctant to incur new debt.
Richard Curtain, director of the survey conducted
through the Michigan Institute for Social Research,
said high interest rates are clearly behind the lack of
consumer confidence in the economy.
"Currently, one-third of all households reported tht
they had postponed purchases due to high interest
rates," Curtin said. "Consumers remain unwilling to
incur new debt or to draw on past savings to make
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