The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 26, 1981 · Page 33
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Rural area development zones eyed WASHINGTON (UPI) - During last ye At'a presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan suggested restoring decayed inner cities with enterprise zones where special tax benefits would be used to create jobs and spur economic development. President Reagan has not yet transformed his campaign promise into action, but some rural legislators think the idea should be expanded to spur development in rural areas as well. Pushing for the rural alternative is a group of congressmen called the Congressional Rural Caucus. Rep. Wes Watkins, D-Okla., chairman of the caucus, has sponsored legislation that has been a vehicle to begin a dialogue on rural enterprise zones. Rep. Ed Jones, D-Tenn., vice chairman of the rural caucus, recently held hearings on the proposal before the House Agriculture conservation, credit and rural development subcommittee that-he chairs. Nothing soon Like other new proposals in this era of tight budgets, the rural enterprise zone concept is not expected to be put into place in the near future. John McCarthy, director of the Agriculture Department's Office of Rural Development Policy, told the subcommittee that enterprise zones are the subject of "much study" within the administration on ways to provide incentives to the private sector. Part of the study involves active Agriculture Department review of various rural enterprise zone proposals. The concept is under study at the Departments of House and Urban Development and Commerce, the Office of Management and Budget and the White House. "Consideration is being given to the scope and extent of enterprise zone creation, to what federal resources could be committed to assist development within them and the impact such a commitment would have on the allocation of capital in the financial markets," McCarthy said. He said the concept is appealing if it gives proper emphasis to the private sector, but the administration is concerned that enterprise zones have not had their desired effects in some areas where they have been tried. Too costly Although the Reagan administration has made no decision on the general approach it will take to enterprise zones, McCarthy said the administration opposes Watkins' proposal because it would cost too much. The bill would contain excessive federal outlays, credit and tax forgiveness when the administration is trying to reduce the federal deficit and federal involvement in credit markets, McCarthy said. He said the administration may make its own "specific limited proposal soon." Watkins' proposal, with at least 51 co-sponsors, would authorize the secretary of agriculture to establish 25 rural I enterprise zones in the first year and 10 additional zones in subsequent years. A zone, encompassing 5,000 to 50,000 people, would be selected if it met standards of poverty, unemployment and outmigration of population and Mobs. I Under the Farmers Home Adminis- I tration, the federal government would I provide grants, loans and loan guaran- I tees and technical assistance so zones I could lure business. I Loans and tax incentives would go I directly to small businesses and in- I dustries investing in zones. I Rep. Vin Weber, R-Mlnn., said rural • enterprise zones would be justified be- I cause of inherent disadvantages of ru- Iral areas isolated from centers of busi- Iness. I Several legislators Mid they would •help provide off-farm Jobs for farmers •who cannot depend completely on agrt- •cutture for their income. I John Simson, director of state planning for Vermont, warned that enterprise zones would be inadequate unless •hey were accompanied by financing •or small businesses and job training. • Steven Wood of Springfield, Vt., di- vector of the Southern Windsor County •legional Commission, took issue with • basic thrust of the proposal, saying •esignation of zones should maintain •ealthy and prosperous economic Bases rather than be targeted at areas Blready in distress. • "With most everything, maintenance •ver time is far less expensive than re- •lacement," he said. Thursday, November 28,1981 — The Salina Journal Page 35 [Send your news tip to The Salina ournal, $45 in prizes awarded every leek. The Auction House [Sale Every Wednesday Evening. 304 E. Pacific, Salina 1913*27-9347 The Biest Little Santas in the World are here at Calhouns. SANTA COUPONS THE REG. PRICE OF ANY MEN'S OR WOMEN'S WINTER COAT (COUPON VOID AFTER 11-29-81) •SANTA COUPONS $ 1Q.OFF THE REG. 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