The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on May 28, 1976 · Page 8
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The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana · Page 8

Kalispell, Montana
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Friday, May 28, 1976
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A--I Friday, Mey J», 1tf» The 0«Uy Inter Uk*, Kittupet Montvi* Primary elections Tuesday, June 1 House District 17 Jim Sloan -- Inc. (D-Kalispelt) Tom Jones (R-Kalispell) House District 18 James Moore -- Inc. (I)-Kalispell) Perhaps, it's time to say NO! No to the g r o w i n g number of state employes. W h i l e p e o p l e a r e demanding more service out of government, there are bureaus which have fulfilled their usefulness. No to duplication of programs at educational facilities. For 10 years there have been studies to a v o i d d u p l i c a t i o n of programs in the state, particularly at a graduate level. The last session of Ihe legislature was unable to do anything and the Board of Regents refuses to a c t . T h e r e is no justification for six units of the university system to offer a masters degree in English. No to an economic structure which encourages people not to work. Everyone agrees that unemployment is a serious problem and I offer no simple solutions. The only long-term solution is more jobs. Efforts have been made in OK past to implement this philosophy and little has changed. Every political candidate talks about these issues, let's talk about how to make them work. Zero based budgets are the first step. Instead of allowing a 5-10 per cent increase every year, why not JIM SLOAN make every department and bureau justify their spending from the first doll a r . In m a n y cases, programs which no longer perform a needed function, continue to exist simply because they are seldom scrutinized. You cannot expect a watchdog body to do a complete audit of state spending in 90 days every two years. Annual sessions will save you money. If you expect accountability in state government, there has to be a systematic review of budgets. In our daily lives we expect more for our money, I don't think it is unreasonable to expect the same out of state government. One of the b a s i c problems which the people face today is the rapidly increasing cost of govern- m e n t w h i c h c a n b e financed only through increased taxes. It is time for the people through jtheir elected legislators to put a halt to the thoughtless spending of their tax dollars. This can be done by repealing or at least amending the Administrative Procedures Act. Under the present law, the department heads completely can change the intent of a law by the numerous rules and regulations they can add to a bill after it is passed. If the department heads had to answer to the people of the State of Montana instead of the person or persons who are responsi- TOM JONES ble for the appointment, it would be a completely different situation. Therefore, it is important that you elect people who are willing to get the voice of the people and not the department heads to govern the State of Montana. If there is a political issue in Montana this election year, it is the presence of so large a number of pressing political issues. Businessmen are conc e r n e d a b o u t r e establishing a healthy business atmosphere. Physicians and patients alike observe that the medical malpractice crisis must be met. Residents of Dillon and Havre are concerned with the future of their universities. The issues statewide are diverse and many. In the Flathead Valley, c o n c e r n s also are manifold. Residents are alarmed by the prospect of oil or coal development in the Flathead watershed, They are upset by a callous disregard of special learning disabilities among c h i l d r e n , , b y t h e superintendent of public instruction. They want a determination of the scope and nature of gambling. They want common sense and sound judgment w i t h p r o p e r t y r e evaluation. Finally, they want an honest and respon- Lee Tower (R-Kalispell) Jack Uhde (D-Kalispell) Emery Wittlake (R-Kalispell) I believe that the most important issues facing the 1977 legislature will be the spreading state bureaucracy and the high taxes which have to be Imposed to support it. , The 1975 legilsature In-, creased the cost of'state government during the present b i e n n i u m by 1110,498,000 in money appropriated from the general fund for a total of 1362,778,000 in all. This is an increase of 44 per cent from the amount appropriated for the previous biennium. - The 1975 legislature was dominated by environmentalists a n d a n t i development advocates, who gave no thought to the economy of the state, and instead passed laws to discourage private enterprise and development which is needed to increase the tax base of this state. * As long as we continue to support and finance the s p r e a d i n g s t a t e bureaucracy and their volumes of rules and regulations which are Perhaps my greatest reason for seeking the House of Representatives this year is found in two simple statistics: the Citizens Conference on State Legislatures has ranked Montana 46th in responsiveness to the wishes of the public and 4Sth in representation. We deserve better than that. We can do better than that, An I'm willing to give it a try. My candidacy isn't meant as a challenge to any man. It is a challenge to all men. It is a rejection of the safe mediocrity of the past, and most importantly, it is an acceptance of the challenge of the JACK UHDE propose that Montana adopt a 'Sunset' bill. This legislation would require I am c o n v i n c e d something can be done to eliminate high taxes, inflation, and unemployment in Montana. But it will take hard work and a legislator who truly understands .the problem. P e o p l e in the 18th Legislative District are concerned about: -- High Taxes. The average Montana resident is having difficulty making ends meet -- particularly in the areas of housing and other basic needs. -- Unemployment. Not enough jobs exist to keep Montana people working. This is a factor heavy on the minds of 18th District Montanans. -- Inflation. A heavy tax of 8 to 14 per cent in recent years on persons with low, .moderate and fixed income without their consent. The present representation has failed to approach these problems realistical- , ly, and should be changed. JAMES MOORE s i v e g o v e r n m e n t , l e g i s l a t u r e w i t h m e a n i n g f u l h e a r i n g procedures, and a law which provides equal justice without prolifera tion of government. ROBERT F. SWANBERG For Associate Justice Supreme Court Montana Native · Lawyer since 1939 · Missoula County Attorney 1947-1951 · Chairman Montana Indujtrial Accident Board, 1953-1969 · Veteran W.W. I! EXPERIENCED ABLE FAIR Pd for by Robert f. Svarttwg lot At VK1« sh.**e«. F* n rSfchtf. 1r**iL.i*, 801 615, HtlfTt. MoilS 1 "*. 59601. LEE TOWER H i g h t a x e s , b i g government, regulation, and state spending are the roots of our problems here in Montana. Innovative businessman and a founder of Kampgroundsof America Elect DAVE DRUM Republican · U.S.Senate EMERY WITTLAKE designed to discourage growth,- we are going to nave excessive taxes. I would support and promote any legislation t h a t would h a l t t h e spreading growth of state government, encourage free private enterprise, and take the control of our state government out of the h a n d s of the bureaucrats and special interest groups and give it back to the people of Montana. future. It may be easier to'avoid controversial issues, to ignore the difficulties of seeking an answer to a complex problem. But if a person will not make those decisions, if a person will not sacrifice politics for integrity, that person should not be in public office. I am ready to meet those problems. And one of them is already upon us: growing state administration without growing returns to the taxpayers. To meet this problem 1 ^ aUsUte agencies tofgport^jasvi interested, in,running High court ruling sought periodically .amCjiJstify their continued existence. If they couldn't justify using more state monies they would be phased out. The 'Sunset Bill' has been adopted in Colorado. Congressman Baucus has endorsed it and tied it. to legislation in Washington. It is a first step toward a responsive government, and a first step toward g o v e r n m e n t a c c o u n - tability. At this time we have $47 million sitting in Helena. It isn't being used for schools or roads, for medical care or law enforcement or even for a tax refund. With unemployment as high as it is we just can't afford to pull $47 million out of the economy. Those who wish to maintain state government as it is aren't accepting the challenge of today and a r e n ' t meeting those problems. They offer no alternatives for the future. for the legislature because (he legislature has become a part of the problem, instead of part of the solution. We need a representative with a sound economic background and a well- rounded understanding of the business world...someone who can put government back on a businesslike basis. Graduation scheduled Eigiith grade graduation at the Somers School will be at 8 p.m. Friday. The g r a d u a t i n g class has chosen a bicentennial theme, red, white and blue as class colors and "Today is Yesterday's Hope for the Future" as a class motto. There will he 29 eighth grade graduates and they w i l l b e g i v e n t h e i r diplomas by Sharon Wang. Meicher works for Montana A Supreme Court hearing on a petition by Kalispell attorney Robert Keller to alter general election ballot wording with regard to elected incumbent district judges will be held Thursday, June 3. In his petition filed May 20, Keller claims terminology of the 1972 state constitution has been misinterpreted. Even when unopposed, incumbent judges who reached office either by selection or election have their names placed on the ballot for voter approval or rejection. Keller claims that the constitutional wording applies only to judges who are appointed in mid-term and not to judges who have been elected and are running unopposed for reelection. Keller asks that statutes providing for such voter rejection or approval be declared unconstitutional. And he asks that unopposed judge candidates seeking re-relection be placed on the general election ballot like any other unopposed candidate. Keller names as defendant Flathead County Clerk and Recorder Ethyl L. Smith. Joined as defendants in the action were Gov. Thomas L. Judge, Secy, of State Frank Murray, clerks and recorders from Montana's 56 counties and all unopposed candidates for district judge in Montana. Keller's information claims there are district judges seeking re-election unopposed in all of Montana's 18 judicial districts. John F. "Jack" GEORGIA RUTH RICE For State Superintendent Of Public Instruction We the undersigned (but) contractort of Flathead High School aik you to vote for Georgia Ruth Rice, Democrat for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Ed Sanders Ed Foster F.T. O'Boyle Francis Van Rinsum Robert A. Bibb Jr. Don Blasdel Pd. for by Georgia Ruth Rice Election Committee, Box 947 Helena, Montana 59601. l A erney REPUBLICAN ~ I U.S. SENATE * I As a concerned Montanan I will let the people in Washington know: · Trial Montana will continue to lead the nation wltn strict reguUlioni for enenty development. * That trie Federal Government Uioutd allow each Individual *- prottltmt uritnout undue .- r.egutatiom. Paid or by Tiemey fcr U S Senate Committee. Warie Tierney. Chairman. P O. Sox 2183. Great Fa'*. MT 59403 As a U.S. senator, John Meicher will continue to work for all the people of Montana. During his seven years as a congressman he has earned a reputation as a hard working, courageous spokesman 1or Montana. As a senator, he will be able to do even more. This is especially important these days when we need more Montana jobs, fair prices for farmers and ranchers, increased benefits for the elderly, and a reduction in government red tape that is strangling small business. John Meicher knows how to get things done for Montana. He is well qualified to be a senator for Montana's future. J John MELCHER SENATE Democratic Primary June 1

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