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November 01, 1946 - Image 6

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Ruthven Voices
Protest Against
Split Sales Tax
College Heads Oppose
Constitutional Change
President Alexander G. Ruthven
joined yesterday with the presidents
of six other state-supported colleges
in expressing disapproval of the pro-
posed constitutional ' amendment
splitting the proceeds of the sales
tax between state and local govern-
President Ruthven also sent a let-
ter to University alumni residing in
Michigan, in which he declared that
the proposal was a violation of good
government and that, if passed, its
effect on the University would be
State Support
Adoption of the proposal, he said,
would remove all hope of additional
state support to the University for
years to come. If state finances
should be "disrupted as this proposal
would disrupt them," President
Ruthven stated, the University's
building program could not be com-
In a statement released yesterday,
the presidents of the seven state-
supported colleges said, "we oppose
this proposal because we believe its
adoption would be a violation of a
fundamental principle of good gov-
ernment. It incorporates in the Con-
stitution itself a mandate relating
to the use of at least 76 per cent of
the revenues from the most impor-
tant tax source now in use by the
state. In so doing, it earmarks these
revenues for a specific purpose, re-
gardless of the other financial needs
of the state or of the total revenues
available for use in a 'partielar
Fiscal Needs
"We are not unmindful of the fiscal
needs of the municipalities and of the
public schools in some areas," the of-
ficials stated, "and we do not at -
tempt to pass judgment uponthese
needs in relationship to other needs.
This we believe to be the responsi-
bility of the governor and the legis-
lators. We confine this expression
of our considered judgment to a dis-
approval of an attempt to solve this
problem by constitutional mandate."
Approval of the proposal would,
according to the educators, "seriously
embarrass the orderly legislative con-
sideration of the financial needs of
the state," and especially embarrass
other agencies of the state which
must depend, upon legislative appro-
priations for support of the services
they render the people of the state.
Other Tax Sources
It may also require the legislature
to seek other tax sources and increase
tax levies for the support of the state
services, they said. Finally, it may
require the legislature to make ad-
The statement was signed by the
following college presidents: Charles
L. Anspach, Central Michigan Col-
lege of Education, Grover C. Dill-
man, Michigan College of Mining and
Technology, John A. Hannah, Michi-
gan State College, John M. Munson,
Michigan State Normal College, Alex-
ander G. Ruthven, University of
Michigan, Paul V. Sangren, Western
Michigan College of Education, and
Henry A. Tape, Northern Michigan
College of Education.

Newcomb Predicts Republican Edge in House This Fall

The elections Tuesday should give
Republicans control of the House by
a somewhat smaller majority than
the Democrats now enjoy, while the
Democratic majority in the Senate
will be reduced but not wiped out,
according to a forecast made by Prof.
Theodore Newcomb of the sociology
Prof. Newcomb explained that
there are two ways of predicting
Congressional elections. One is the

method of sample poliing in each
Congressioana district *nr each
state in which a Senator is to be
elected. He pointed out that there
are 50-odd doubtfbul seats in the
House and some 10 in the Senate,
about which no data better than
guesswork have been published.
Because of the lack of accurate
polling samples, the other method,
which relies upon the fact that there
is a rough correspondence between

the percentage of votes cast for each
party in the country as a whole and
tlie nuniber of House seats won by
either party has been the basis for
Prof. Newcomb's predictions. He es-
timated that Republicans will receive
about 55% of the total vote cast
for Congressmen, or in other words,
that they will hold from 230 to 240
ceats in the House, or 12 to 22 more
than a majority.
"In order to control the Senate,

however," Prof. Newcomb contin-
ued, "Republicans would have to be
victorious in every state regarded as
doubtful, and present reports indi-
cate that this is most unlikely."
In evaluating public opinion polls
Prof. Newcomb said that in off-years
they are a poor basis for making
predictions because figures are not
taken from each state and Congres-
sional district as they are in a Presi-
plained that some such polls have a

cratic vote, because not enough sam-
pies are taken in the lower strata of
society, where there is usually strong
Democratic support.
Attend 'M' Club Meeting
T. Hawley Tapping, general secre-
tary of the Michigan Alumni Asso-
ciation, left yesterday to attend a
meeting of the Twin Cities "M" club
before the Michigan-Minnesota game

ROTC Officers Get
Assigned New Posts
Two ROTC officers, Maj. Edwarid
Gallagher and Lt . lan.
have left. the University on assign-
ients to oftwr centei".
Maj. Gallagher, s adjutant ai
ROTC lhsadquart'rs l ut. fi
duty at Fort Sheridan. ll.
Lt. Harlan, assistant professor of
military science and tactics, has been
transferred to the ROTC for Chi-
cago high schools.
Maj. Woodrow W. Morse will re-
place Lt. Harlan as assistant profes-
sor of military science and tacti(. A
veteran of 40 months overseas, Maj.
Morse will arrive here Nov. 15.

dential-election year. He further ex- tendency to underrate the Demo-

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WE KNOW by his long and unexcelled record as a
judge that he can be depended upon, to. o
. . . strictly and fearlessly enforce all laws. Gamblers and racketeers will not flour-
ish with him as our Circuit Judge.
. . . give every person before the court a square deal. Un-American methods will
never be employed.
. . . save wayward boys and girls from serious crime by his humane and scientific
rehabilitation program.
. . . save homes and families from divorc e by his patient and understanding methods
to accomplish reconciliations, thus reducingour county's present high divorce rate.
. . . preserve every right guaranteed to vet erans by our Government, through his widely
acclaimed veterans' legal assistance prog ram.
. administer court affairs with dispatch and efficiency, keeping the court docket
cleared and its operating costs at a minimum.
. . . conduct the affairs of the court entirely without thought of political expediency.



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Senior Pictures
Senior picture appointments
have been reopened. Any senior
who still wishes to have his pic-
ture taken for the 1947 'Ensian
must call the 'Ensian office be-
tween 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. today.
This, is the last chance to make an
Subscriptions to 'Ensian
Will Be Sold Next Week
Subscriptions to the 1946 'Ensian
will be sold on campus beginning Nov.
8, Florence Kingsbury, editor, an-
nounced yesterday.
The 'Ensian, which is the official
University yearbook, will be published
in May. Sales booths will be located
on the diagonal, in the engineering
arch and in the Student Publications
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The Non-partisan Payne for Circuit Judge Committee which prepared and paid
for this advertisement at advertising rates, is composed of civic minded citizens
of Washtenaw County from all walks of life . . . education, industry, labor,
farming, business and the professions.

Judge Jay H. Payne is an honor graduate of t he University of Michigan Law School. fie
received the degree of Juris Doctor for high s cholarship in 1926. After many years of suc-
cessful experience in State and Federal Courts, he resigned from the active practice of law
to enter upon his present judicial duties. He is a member of the Washtenaw County Bar
Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the A merican Bar Association and the American

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