News Nuggets From Washington Consumers Expected To Spend More Money By TIMES Washington Bureau Staff W A S H I N G T O N -- T h e following news nuggets were gathered by the staff of our Washington Bureau. American consumers have reacted to the improved state of the national economy by planning to spend more money. Thai was the finding of a ourvey of Consumer Buying (television in the U.S. The report predicted there will be eight million cable TV subscribers at the end of this year and nearly 24 million by 1980. Expectations .made last month by the U.S. Census Bureau. As incomes have increased, and unemployment decreased, consumers have abandonee their caution of the last several years and are planning to spend freely once again. The survey showed a big Jump in the past year In the number of Americans planning to buy new cars and new houses. This was accompanied by a finding that many people have experienced a rise in income and an,increased number of those surveyed expected they will be receiving pay hikes. Using 1967 as the base period of 100, the .index of those planning to buy new cars was 119.7 last month, compared to only 98.8 in January of last year. The index of those planning to purchase new homes v.'as 121.2 last month, compared to 98.9 a year ago There was also a modest increase in the number of those planning spending on major household appliances and furniture. . Disclosure of the consumers expected spending spree comes at a time when the Nixon Administration is starting to worry that the current economic recovery may result in a new round of inflation. RIPON REACTION: The R i p o n Society, a liberal Republican reserarch and policy group which has often been at odds with the Nixon Administration has ccrme forlh with a surprisingly mild reaction to the new economy budget proposed by the President. The President's $268.7 billion budget proposes to cutback sharply on many federal socia programs and through special revenue sharing have state and local governments take over those programs. "President Nixon has shifted the nation's social conscience from the federal to the state and local levels," said an editorial in the current issue of the Ripon Forum. "The federal government originally assumed the burden of innovative social programs because state and local governments were sluggish, too poor and too Insensitive. For the New Federalism to work, these governments must now learn to take the initiative," the editorial added. . The editorial noted that federal programs in the fields nf housing, manpower and urban development have often involved and expressed the hop! that local governments would do a better job in these fields if Congress provided the m o n e y t h r o u g h special revenue sharing. _ .. ., While praising the President s "courage" for scrapping unsuccessful Federal programs the Ripon Society claimed the local anti-poverty program, run by Community Action Agencies had worked and was critical of Mr Nixon for proposing to end Federal funding for such local groups. CAREER PLANS: There has been a sharp drop in the number of college students planning education careers, a survey by the Council on Higher Education has disclosed. Only 12 per cent of college freshmen surveyed at the start of the new school year said they planned on becoming school teachers, compared to 23.5 per cent who planned on teaching careers in a 1968 survey. There is currently an oversupply of teachers, brought about by static or declining e n r o l l m e n t i n elementary schools. C O N S U M E R S FRIEND: Virginia H. Knauer, special assistant to President Nixon for consumer affairs, has assured everyone that consumerism is still important to the Nixon Administration. . Mrs. Knauer's office is being mov cd from the White House to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as part of a general second term reorganization o r d e r e d by InÂ°"esponse to fears that'thls meant a downgrading of consumerism, Mrs. Knauer said: "There have been no staff cuts no budget cuts, and there will he no curtailment of the issues we are involved in." WELFARE: The nations welfare rolls continue to climo, despite the general prosperity being enjoyed by the nation. A new HEW report disclosed a record 15.2 million persons on welfare during the month of September, the latest month for which figures are available, this was a jump of 19.000 over the previous month and an increase of 771,000 over the previous yÂ£ Total cost for the month was $1.6 billion. . A Welfare Reform bill, designed to move people off relief, failed to p a Â» s Congress last year and has been abandoned by the Nixon Administration. CABLE TELEVISION: The annual industrial outlook issued by the Commerce Department ;ees a big 'increase in cable AUTO PERFORMANCE: A new Transportation Department report reveals that foreign- made cars out-perform American automobiles. The report ranks all cars sold in the U.S. on the basis of stopping ability, tire reserve load, acceleration and passing ability. Foreign made cars occupy the top seven positions in braking performance and the top 16 positions In tire reserve load. Entitled "Performance Data, New 1973 Passenger Cars", the report can be obtained by sending J2.85 to: Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C. Public Hearing On Dealh Penalty Set LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Slate Rep. Rudy Moore of Springdale said today the House subcommittee that is to write a bill to restore the death penalty in Arkansas would conduct a public hearing Tuesday mocning. T h e subcommittee w a s created by the House Judiciary Committee. It is to hear representatives of the judiciary, prosecutors, chiefs of police, the governor's commission to study the death penalty, sheriffs, the clergy, and the attor- ne" general's office, Moore said. WR Unimproved ' PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Former Arkansas Gov. Wmthrop Rockefeller, hospitalized last Wednesday with a chest ailment, remained- in critical condition Sunday. A family spokesman and officials at Desert Hospital have refused to discuss details of Rockefeller's illness except to say it might be related to an Illness that hospitalized him last year in New York. At that time he underwent surgery for removal of a malignant cyst on his back and later was placed on a program of chemotherapy. Business Notes Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Men., tab. FAYrrTEVILLC, ARKANSAS Joseph Dalzell of Moncrlef Photography attended a three day portrait symposium held recently in Dallas, Tex. The symposium was sponsored by Meisel Photcchrome C o r p o r a t i o n a n d featured Jo s e ph Zeltsman, master craftsman photographer ol Morris Plains, N. Y. H was designed as an advanced course for established photographers. 1971 Strikers Said Not Eligible For Benefits LITTLE ROCK (AP) - T h e Arkansas said 113 Supreme workmen C o u r t who had been on strike at a plywood manufacturing plant at Gurdon were not entitled to unemployment benefits after the plant closed. 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