The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on May 30, 1976 · Page 33
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Th» CMrty tn»r Uk«. K*litp«i. ttoy X, 1ITt C-11 . . , , College costs still increasing I'll take it! Muffle Downs, a June bride-sleet, found a green and white Maltbu Classic Landau Coupe offered luxury and comfort at a price newlyweds can afford. This model, equipped with tinted glass, white stripe tires, deluxe bumpers and bumper guards, is also available with bucket seats. Roy Stanley Chevrolet/Fiat carries a wide selection of Chevrolet cars and trucks with a full line of the popular Fiat. People claim favoritism in employment WASHINGTON (AP) - When Joan Braden was appointed to a $37,800-a-year jot as a consumer representative at the State Department, some people claimed she was unqualified and that she got her job through her friendship with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. Mrs. Brazen says she is determined to make the job work. Tb--: question now is whether the job is workable or wind: ivrtressing. The controversy centers around President Ford's plan to make federal agencies more responsive to American consumers by appointing a consumer representative in each agency. That representative would inform the department head how agency decisions, such as whether to tax imported shoes, would affect the consumer. Mrs. Braden is one of 17 consumer representatives in various government agencies. Their appointments are Ford's answer to consumer groups that favor the establishment of an independent consumer agency. By June, the government agencies are expected to produce their final plans on how their consumer representatives will operate. At the State Department, Mrs. Braden says her plan will include a suggestion that each policy recommendation made by her department be accompanied by a consumer impact statement. "On every decision which the secretary of state makes and on every recommendation which he takes to the consumer, he will have in his hand or his head a statement -- "This will help or this will harm the American consumer,'" she says. Part of her job, Mrs. Braden says, will be to explain how department policies on commodities, energy and agriculture affect the consumer. To do this, she arrives at her sparsely furnished office, right down the hall from Kissinger's, around 9 a.m. each morning. She has no set schedule, but she says she usually spends several hours in the morning answering mail, like the letter f rom a Tennessee consumer complaining that a ?25 mold he ordered hadn't arrived from the manufacturer. What does this have to do with the State Department? "Nothing," Mrs. Braden said, "but the government is so large, people don't know where to write, and I want to show them the government can be responsive." She wrote a letter to the manufacturer, and the man got his mold. Mrs. Braden estimates she receives about 50 phone calls a day -- from people like the Italian ambassador asking about a decision on shoe imports, from other governmental consumer representatives who want to discuss future decisions, from consumer groups who want her to know their position on the issues, and from the press. Every morning she meets with the State Department's undersecretary on economic affairs to determine what issues will arise that day, and she said she spends considerable time being briefed by the various department experts on the technicalities of the issues. She says lunches are usually business-oriented, like a speech to a consumer group on how her office . operates or an hour with Ford's chief economist, Alan Greenspan, to discuss how his Council of Economic Advisers can work with her office. Afternoons are often spent in meetings with congressional groups on issues that deal specifically with trade policy and commodiiy agreements, she said. She rarely meets with Kissinger, "but if the undersecretary didn't agree with me on a decision, 1 wouldn't hesitate to go straight to the top," she says. As an anti-inflation measure, Mrs. Braden recommended against imposing strong protectionist measures to aid the ailing U.S. shoe industry, and Ford announced two weeks ago a decision that agrees with her. It's unclear, however, how much Mrs. Braden actually had to do with that. The industry spokesmen, angered by the decision, blamed it on the retail shoe · sales lobby. Bt ASSOCIATED HHKSS The school season is ending, but families with children enrolled in or headed for college will find no vacation from rising costs. The College Entrance Examination Board reported that a student who at- tcuuS a luur-yrraf pI"iVatc COi!v£C Six! lives on campus will have to spend an average of $4,568 next year. That's higher than the per capita 1976 personal income in five states. It isn't too far below the 15,834 average per capita 1975 income for the whole country. The cost of sending a student to a four- year private college and paying his or her living expenses on campus has risen 6 per cent from 1975 to 1976, according a board survey of 2,500 colleges. Costs during the 1976 academic year will be 54 per cent more than they were during the 1970 academic year. From 1970 until March of this year, the Consumer Price Index went up 44 per cent. There are numerous ways of lessening the bite on the family budget according to the college board, which is a nonprofit, membership organization that provides tests and other services for students and educational institutions. --Private two-year colleges, for exam- ple, cost about $400 totS60le« per year than their four-year counterpart*. -Public, four-year college! are »I,700 to 12.200 less a year than private institutions, although students who are not residents of the state where tb« college it located may find out-o{-*tate charges ran cut savings considerably. Tuition and fees generally account for most of the cost differential among different types of schools. For example, tuition and fees will average 1621 at a public four-year college next year, compared to 12,329 for a private school. Th« difference in other costs -- living expenses, etc. -- is less than 1200. --Don't ignore the possibility of financial aid even if you think your family income is too high to qualify. Other factors in addition to income must be taken into account. These include the number of children in a family, outstanding debts etc. The College Board Scholarship Service offers a free pamphlet to help you figure out what sorts of financial aid are available and whether you qualify. The pamphlet, "Meeting College Costs," is available by writing College Board Publication Orders, Box 2815, Princeton, N.J. 08540. Here's what they mean to you... When we receive a temporary price reduction from the manufacturer or supplier of a product, we reduce our retail shelf price accordingly, passing the Extra Savings along to you. We "flag" the temporarily reduced product with an Extra Savings tag on the shelf, to bring it to your attention, when you're in the store. Items tagged "Extra Savings" in the store are not advertised specials... but temporary reductions in price which we're able and happy to pass along to you. Each time you shop Buttrey Food Stores, choose Extra Savings for your household budget. Hwy. 2 West Kalispell, Mt.

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