Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 11, 1976 · Page 5
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 5

Tucson, Arizona
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Wednesday, February 11, 1976
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1976 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N proposal argued Drawbacks, benefits cited WASHINGTON (UPI) _ Health, Education and Welfare Secretary David Mathews today described President Ford's Medicare reform proposals as compassionate, but a congressional opponent said the plan was actually a hoax against the elderly. Under Ford's proposal, Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals would be limited, 25 million elderly and disabled persons would be charged more for their health care next year, and an estimated three trillion Medicare beneficiaries would be protected from catastrophic medical costs. In the administration's first appearance before Congress to describe the proposal, Mathews told a House Ways and Means subcommittee "there are indeed features (in the plan) that are compassionate." But Rep. William Cotter, D- Conn., a subcommittee member, responded by saying "it's really a hoax you are perpetrating on those people who can least afford it." If the President wanted to save money in the Medicare health insurance program, he shouldn't advertise it as a plan offering additional coverage for the elderly and disabled, Cotter said. "I don't see how you can sell it that way," Cotter told Mathews. The administration should admit that what it wants to do is to "take $1.3 billion away from these people." The $1.3 billion estimate is the net additional out of pocket costs for Medicare recipients under Ford's plan. In prepared testimony and during questioning, Mathews defended the proposal as an attempt to reduce by one-third an anticipated 23 per cent increase in Medicare spending for fiscal 1977. Economist TGE requet T PAGE-5 nps By JOHN BRET HARTE Clllwn Business Wriler Tucson Gas Electric Co. needs only about one-third of the $20.4 million rate increase it wants, says an economist hired by the city government. Charles E. Olson, an economic consultant from the University of Maryland, testified yesterday at the Arizona Corporation Commission hearings on TGE's rate increase request that the utility can remain "financially healthy" with a rate hike of about $6.9 million. Such an increase would raise the rates of TGE's "average residential customer" by about $1.65 per month, instead of the $4.97 that would result if TGE's $20.4 million proposal were approved by the commission. Olson, who was hired by the City of Tucson to testify at the hearings, used figures supplied by the Corporation Commission staff to determine the additional revenues the company needs. Applying his revenue formula to the higher figures TGE uses, Olson would have come up with about 515 million as the amount of additional money the company needs, said Thomas D. Morron, TGE public information director. John K. Langum, a Chicago economist hired as a Corporation Commission staff witness, told the commission earlier in the hearings that he believed the company needs $16.6 million in additional revenues in order to continue borrowing capital for expansion in the national money markets. TGE attorney Stephen Edwards spent much of yesterday's" 'session attacking Olson's method of determining the company's money needs and his judgment as to the growth potential investors expect from TGE. Edwards claimed that the 4 to 4y 2 per cent growth figure Olson said investors expect TGE to achieve each year is lower than the utility's actual growth any time within the past five years. Olson insisted that his projection is correct, although he said that he had not asked large corporate investors how they expect the utility to behave. Olson admitted under cross- examination that he never has appeared at a rate hearing to testify for a utility. In the 35 rate cases in which he has testified, his clients always have been e n v i r o n m e n t a l groups, cities and federal agencies, he said. Olson testified for the city in TGE's 1974 rate hearings. He said TGE cannot be compared with other utility companies because of its "remote" location, rapid expansion in the past, the conversion of its electrical generation from oil to coal and the problems that plagued its management prior to 1974. Olson said he arrived at his $6.9 million figure by analyzing TGE's costs of debt. He criticized findings of other economists who derived higher revenue requirement figures by comparing TGE with other utilities. Court dismisses lawyer charges Charges have been dismissed in Justice Court against a Tucson attorney arrested last year for allegedly assaulting a University of Arizona policeman with his automobile. Douglas H. Clark Jr. had faced charges of simple battery, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and having no driver's license in possession after the October incident. Visiting Justice of the Peace Gilbert Soto of Nogales threw the case against Clark out of court yesterday, contending that the county attorney's office had failed to adequately move for prosecution. The prosecutor's office had unsuccessfully asked for a delay i:i Clark's trial because the assistant county attorney who was to handle the case was ill. The UA officer, Thomas Corbin, stated Clark failed to move his vehicle aside as the officer sped with his patrol car's emergency lights flashing to a three-car accident on North Highland Avenue. Corbin added that after he had managed to pass Clark by pulling into the oncoming lane of traffic, he encountered the attorney again at the accident scene. Corbin claimed Clark questioned his authority to direct traffic at the off-campus accident, and allegedly bumped into Corbin three times with his automobile. Corbin said he jumped on the hood until other officers arrived. Clark originally faced a more serious aggravated assault charge, but that was reduced to a misdemeanor battery charge by the county attorney's office. If you're dead, don't bother S A C R A M E N T O , C a l i f . (DPI) -- Sacramento County is requiring its retired em- ployes to fill out a new government form to verify that they are still alive. The retirees every July 1 must fill out the "certificate of existence," which will be used to establish that beneficiaries are still living and thus eligible for pension benefits. O'ODHAM TASH All Indian Row Wow FEB. 13,14,15 16 FRI., SAT., SUN., MOM. In Casa Grande · Parade sat., ret. u, 10 a.m. Sun., Feb. 15,12 Noon · Barbecue s*\., rit. u 11:00 a.m. Peart Park Indian Ceremonial Dances sai., Feb. H 9 Famous Indian Dancing Groups. Halinee 2:00 to 4:00, Evening 5:00 lo 7 p.m. - Sun. - 2 p.m. 0 Night of the Aztec MeiieoCitfArlislsatCG Junior High School, 7 p.m., Fii. · Indian Arts Crafts Continuing Demonstration of Indian Arts and Cralls. Silversmiths, Sand Painting, Basket Weaving. Indian Artists. % All-Indian Rodeo Starts 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday I Monday, Feb. 14,15116 Casa Grande Rodto Grounds CASA GRANDE Midway B«tw»«n Pho»nix and Tucson on 1-10 Tubac inn fate dark The Tubac Inn has been ordered to remove a flashing red light perched on its roof. The inn has aroused the anger of residents in the small town because it features scantily clad go-go dancers. At a trial in Nogales yesterday, Santa Cruz County Justice of the Peace Gilbert Soto ruled that the light violated county zoning restrictions. A court official said today if the inn appeals the decision, it can keep the light pending the appeal. The owner of the inn could not be reached today for comment on whether he planned to appeal. The official said another trial has been scheduled for March 2 on a charge that the light violates state law as a distraction to motorists. Residents of Tubac, populated mostly by artists and retirees, about 45 miles south of Tucson, say they are annoyed by the light, which reflects off some homes at night and lures truckers and other motorists off the Nogales Highway to the inn. Tempe doctor named as regent PHOENIX (AP) -- Dr. Wil- Ham G. Payne, a member of the Tempe Elementary District School Board and a local physician, has been appointed to the Arizona Board of Regents by Gov. Raul H. Castro. Payne, a Democrat, is a former president of the Arizona Medical Association, the Arizona State University Alumni Association and the Arizona School Boards Association. He also served as president-elect of the National School Boards Association, but declined to serve as president because of the pressures of his private practice. Payne, 61, graduated with high distinction in 1935 from Arizona State Teachers College, which later became ASU. He was a health education and science teacher at Phoenix Union High School from 1935 to 1939. He describes himself as a moderate conservative fiscally and politically, but a liberal "in education processes." "I'm attuned to innovation," he said, adding that the attribute particularly applied to the university because "1 don't like pouring people into a mold." At the same time, Payne said he's concerned about the difficulty universities have in attracting good faculty members when money is tight. He also said he feels it's necessary to keep the faculty available to students through a reasonable faculty-student ratio. The terms of Regents Margaret Christy of Sedona and Dr. Paul Singer of Phoenix expired last month. 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