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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, November 23, 1968
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airt;sevkt Palm Beach Post-Times, Saturday, Nov. 23, 1968-3 Jack GRANT Centralized State Welfare System Urged says the tenor expressed by the legislature when it recommended the new constitution the people adopted Nov. 5. That is reorganization of state agencies with an eye on cutting down on duplication, and offering more uniform direction in areas of like cause she's been on a local board for 20 years." "I guess I've already hurt some feelings but I haven't meant to; it's just a matter of telling the legislature it has to face up to a system which doesn't operate efficiently." The change he speaks of is a structural one, in keeping with state director for the past two years, has proposed the first extensive revamping of state welfare statutes in the past 30 years. "I guess I'm going to step on some toes," the soft spoken Roberts said, "but I'm not paid to keep Mrs. Jones' feelings from being hurt just be By REX NEWMAN Tallahassee Bureau TALLAHASSEE (AFN) -The struggle for control of the state's sprawling welfare system which administers to 250.-000 persons and handles $200 million a year is now underway. Emmett Roberts, serving as 1 "NIOHlif! VISIT OUR LAND OF JO , fill LI Lj DEPARTMENT STORES See Our Tremendous Selection of Brand Name Toys at Unheard of Savings "charge it" or use our Lay-a-way plan! Shop Daily 10:00 to 9:30 Sunday 11:30 to 5:30 V'.f. Suzy Homemaker OVEN 87 Regular $10.97 Watch your cakes rise through the glass oven door. Stove has four burners and timer. Kenner's SPIROGRAPH 222 A simple and fascinating way to draw a million patterns! Creative fun for everyone. No limit to the different patterns you can make. J) 7 Roberts, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, proposed reorganizing the welfare department under the name of the Slate Department of Social Services. It would centralize administrative powers in the slate department, thereby stripping the 12 district boards of ad-minstrative powers. The district boards would become advisory boards still appointed by the governor, but with powers limited to matters relating to the communti-es which they represent and making recommendations to the greatly enhanced state welfare board. The resistance to this proposal already is building up in the 12 districts throughout the state, with at least two district boards having gone on record in opposition to it. "This is my recommendation, however." the veteran participant in government at the slate level, said. "If the legislature doesn't want to centralize the power in the slate board, then it should improve on the district system by giving it real responsibilities." He called the present system of local boards not more than a "rubber stamp'' of the local director who "prepares the agenda, works with the personnel and then in two or three hours every month the board approves the director's agenda." "We really have 13 welfare boards in the slate," he said, "the state board and the 12 district boards. The directors and the local boards only give me leg service." Roberts, as director of the state system, cannot do the hiring and firing of the 3,000 employes in the state system. The local director does the hiring and firing in his respective district. Not only that, but directives from the state headquarters do not have to be followed by the local director. Consequently, Roberts said, the only uniformity which exists in the state is that which is required by the federal government in its supervision of federal funds which flow into the state. This, he said, has caused even legislators to think that the federal government is always grabbing more power, when in fact, because of the diffusion of power at the state level, there is no way for the State Board of Welfare to step into the void and set up its own regulations which would head off federal controls. The proposal also would balance out the size of the districts in relation to case load, since directors, regardless of the size of the districts, are paid the same salaries. It also would change the formula for the size of the district boards. Presently membership of the district board is governed by a formula based on the population of districts. In the case of Dist. 9, Dade and Monroe, there are 23 members. "This is unwieldy, and it presents a problem in getting a quorum at times," Roberts said. Roberts used Dist. 9 also as an example of why the districts have to be reapportioned. "There are over 400 employes in Dist 9 with a case load close to 20.000 persons. This is a large office within itself which has personnel problems, yet it does not have an organization to allow for personnel-trained employes. "I think the legislature is going to have to do something to change the welfare structure, and whether it accepts what I have proposed or not is really immaterial. It has to make some sort of changes." 1 Tonka CONTRACTOR or STABLE CAR SET 5 it at Mattel RAPID FIRE RIFLE Just like Chuck Conners: No batteries. No Caps Fisher Price PICTURE DISC CAMERA Make belive camera with 5 changeable discs. whitman s HOUSE PARTY GAME Game Art Linkletter uses on this TV Show PSayskool WORKBENCH 77 2 297 5 77 1 Complete take apart toy with multiple educational value. Ohio Art BIZZY BUZZ BUZZ Battery driven with 4 colored pens and drawing pad. R'g. $2.9 1 I ransogram AUTO DROME SPEEDWAY Mechanically operated Speedway Race Game, 2-4 players R'g. $1.97 Kenner SUPERSPORT 77 A thrilling expressway, you can motorize your mini-car collection. 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V. and letting the whole nation know what was going on. These question and answer periods, it seemed, were held about once a month with about 300 reporters present. Wouldn't it be wonderful if President Johnson continued these live T. V. press conferences and we could have reporters questioning him about what was going to be done about the Pueblo incident and the many other important questions this country deserves to find out the answers. During clii.i era e met several veteran political writers who traveled to Palm Reach with President Kennedy. One of them mentioned the names of the favorite drinks of presidents they covered. Roosevelt, they said, liked highballs. Eisenhower was a Chivas Regal drinker. Truman liked bourbon. Rut President Kennedy was a beer man. and w hen he didn't ask for that, he would usually request a daiquiri. His wife. Jaequline, also favored daiquiris. Alta Record phoned to inform us that she and Lorraine Yerkes and the "Women for Nixon" headquarters staff worked awfully hard also to elect the new President. She (old us they ran a fashion show in Palm Beach and benefitted Nixon some eight thousand dollars from the proceeds Dick Williams, Boston Red Sox manager, was at the Jai-Alai Imnton the other night . Bob Slraile, who was well-known in Palm Beach, and Judy Donahue, the former wile of socialite Woolworth Donahue, also a Palm Beach celebrity, recently revealed to friends that they were secretly married last June . . . We keep reading In the papers that (iov. Kirk is soon going to "dump'' his chief executive aide. Tom Ferguson. If this is true, we would like to be the first to recommend a successor to Ferguson. The capable man we have in mind is none other than Jack Smilh, who has done an outstanding job the past two years as the aide to Sen. "Skip" Balalis. Smith, formerly of Foil Lauderdale1, has the political know-how for this important position and would be a great asset to the (Jovernor with the press and county committees Judge Vassar Carlton was top Democratic vote-getter in his successful campaign for a Supreme Court seat His statewide tally of 901, 714 was greater than that of Humphrey, Collins, or Nixon. Shows that people are. interested in electing their judges, anyway . . . Wonderful crowd of prominent Democrats attended the reception for Judge Paul Douglas last Saturday night It was the largest crowd of Democrats we've seen in years at one get-together. Democrats have an excellent chance of regaining (he Governorship in 1970 if they run a conservative candidate on their ticket. The GOP has never beaten a Democrat conservative in a statewide race. 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