Pensacola News Journal from Pensacola, Florida on February 16, 1978 · 8
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8a dht PcnsJtoij iournal Thursday. Febfuary 16, 1978 Budget at a Glance No New Taxes From 1 A TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Here are some of the key figures in the budget Gov. Reubin Askew recommended to the Legislature on Wednesday: Total spending of $5,956 billion, $308 million more than currently. The general revenue portion, funded primarily from the sales tax, is .997 billion, a 9 percent increase. No new taxes. Askew financed all of the increases by using reserves built up this year and anticipated growth in revenues of $224 miflion next year. $2.23 billion in funding for public schools, $172 million over current spending. The increase in state dollars is $36.8 million with the rest coming in federal dollars and local property tax growth. $1,197 billion for the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, an increase of SS9.9 million with the state providing $57.8 million. $67.6 million in pay increases for 90,000 state employees. That would provide average increases of four percent with one percent merit hikes and an additional $9 million for pension bemfits. Only one fee increase. Askew wants to boast the $7.50 hunting license by $3 and add $2 to the $3 fishing license. and community colleges, $115.2 million or seven percent more than this year. The governor's proposal would include hiking the expenditure per pupil by $47 to a new total of $S74. Gov. Askew's recommended budget includes $19.3 million for two new prison facilities one a 300-bed reception center in Dade County, the other a 400-bed correctional institute "to be built in a location to be selected." Askew would not identify the location. He was also mum when reporters noted his fixed capital outlay budget included an item right under the mystery prison on a Department of Offender Rehabilitation (DOR) pnontv list that called for a 400-bed, $12.2 million "new institution in West Florida." The West Florida item was not included in Askew's budget recommendations, and he refused to elaborate on it. "The Legislature is always responsive to requests for funds to build new prisons," explained the governor, "but its members always get a tremendous amount of pressure when they try to locate one." These other highlights are included in the governor's budget : $1,197 billion for the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, $89.9 million above current funding. The increases would include $23 million for the debt-plagued Medicaid program and increases in welfare payments to poor families of $6.6 million. $702 million for transportation, $50 million more than the current year with most of that increase coming in matching federal funds. Askew did recommend $10.1 million in state funds to continue the commitment for a rapid transit system in Dade County and $2.5 million to accelerate the interstate highway construction program. $67.6 million for pay hikes for state employees. The money would provide raises averaging about four percent with another one percent available for merit hikes for the state's 90,000 employees. Askew also recommended another $9 million for the state to pick up a one percent contribution Genes Theory- From I A who theorize that, because of Darwinian evolution, and without our realizing it, we are genetically programmed to act in a way that will maximize our genes in future generations. From this comes the theory of "parental investment" or "sexual assyme-try." Zoologist George W. Barlow of the Univesity of California at Berkeley, told a press conference that this theory holds that: I. since males produce many small sperms it is to their benefit to impregnate as many females as possible to assure their genes will be earned on, and 2. that since females produce a few large ova and have a greater commitment to caring for offspring, it is to females' genetic benefit to convince a male to care for her and her offspring. Thus women are seen as predetermined to be passive, reliant, nurturing, monogamous stay-at-homes, while men are predetermined to be aggressive, independent, mobile and polygamous. Many scientists, especially females and anthropologists, disagree. They say this theory forces people to conclude that women will never achieve employment or income parity with men because they are programmed for passivity or, in other words, that they are "inferior" to men. Ruth Bleier of the Department of Neurophysiology of the University of Wis-consin, in a copyrighted pa per prepared for delivery Thursday, took issue with the assertion that men are biologically programmed to be more aggressive than women. "By means of semantic flim-flam it has been demonstrated by the laboratory rat that men are dominant or superior (i.e. aggressive) because of inborn hormonal differences..." she said, when in fact "the data being accumulated by pnmatolo-gists and anthropologists make clear that there exists no single pattern of aggres-sivity. dominance, troop defense, sex roles, sexual dimorphism, territoriality, competition or any other social behaviors either across or even within primate species and human cultures." Imposter Held HISTORICAL MALE BIAS: Stephanie A. Shields, associate professor of psychology at the University of California at Davis, said the theory of the evolution of gender differences between men and women, developed in the mid-19th century, really just reflected male scientists' attitudes toward women at the time. "According to male scientists of the 19th century, woman was biologically conservative, less variable, neurally underdeveloped and physiologically vulnerable. She was also unimaginative, intuitive, modest, emotional, coy, dependent and above all maternal," said Shields. "It Is clear that more than simple sci- From I A ence was involved" in this interpretation. "The 'natural' woman, as described by scientists of that time, bears an uncanny resemblance to the 'ideal' woman of Victorian society," she said. "This was no conscious conspiracy to keep women in their place. Scientists.. .sought justification for their society and found it,in evolutionary theory." She suggested male scientists may be doing the same thing today. Bleier, (he Wisconsin neu-rophysiologist, also touched this issue, saying that scientists often ignore female behavioral traits that don't fit in with their theories of male superiority. to the pension fund. Without that appropriation, employees will have to begin making that payment this October. The total spending package of $5,956 billion includes $2,997 billion in general revenue spending, an increase of 9 percent over the current year's level. General revenue, funded by the sales tax, is the backbone of the budget. The governor did propose one fee increase in the budget. He recommended hiking the current $7.50 hunting license by $2 and the $3 fishing license by $2, saying those two fees had not changed in over 35 years. The governor's budget sets up the same battlelines as last year over education funding with Askew expected to receive strong support from the House and a tough battle in the Senate. In fact, the Senate Appropriations Committee has al-, ready voted unanimously not to commit surplus funds to operating budgets and instead hold that money in reserve. "It would be disastrous for us to try to take nonrecurring revenue and apply it to recurring programs that would require increased taxes in future years," said Senate President Lew Brantley. However, the battle this year will basically cover the $53 million of surplus funds which Askew has put into operating budgets, primarily education. Senate Finance and Tax Chairman Jack Gordon said if Askew's proposal is approved it would virtually assure some major tax increase next year like a one-cent sales hike. But Askew said he disagreed although he "shared the concern." He said he hoped an improving revenue projection in April would eliminate the need for most of those nonrecurring funds. Senate Appropriations Chairman Phil Lewis said he looked for much the same fight with the House particularly over school funding, but at a greatly reduced level this year. "No way are we going to have as big a fight as last year, but we'll have a tussle over education and HRS," Lewis, D-VYest Palm Beach, said. Last year, Askew recommended $410 million in tax hikes. BEAUTY and the BEAST Hair Styles Inc SPECIAL am Add Perm Shampoo 1 Set Included Reg. $25 OO Sbt Cut J1495 $500 W.r The real Ken Misner of Jackson Bluff Road did work in the Tallahassee recreation department until recently, setting up a much-praised summer track program. The superintendent of the apartments at the West Brevard Street address said no Misner lived there. Meanwhile, "Mr. X" in Pensacola was telling police an amazing amount of personal information backing up his claim to being Kenneth R. Misner. He had graduated from college in 1972. He had been in the Air Force. He had taken odd jobs dishwashing. Concerned that he wasn't using his education successfully, he went quietly to California for a year to "find" himself. He had a birth certificate in Kenneth R. Misner's name, and several credit cards with the same name on them. And, he had a laminated, key-punched, hard-to-duplicate FSU identity card with a picture of himself. The police believed him. When Gannett News Service found the real Ken Misner at home in Tallahassee at mid-afternoon, he was flabbergasted. Yes, he had lost his FSU identification card, sometime between Christmas and New Year's. No, he wasn't aware of another Kenneth R. Misner. No, he hadn't been to Pensacola recently. He'd placed fourth over the weekend in a national track meet in Montgomery, Ala. Yes, the phsyical description Pensacola police supplied fit him brown hair, blue eyes, 150 pounds, medium build, lean, mustache. "This is chilling," he told the reporter. "This guy obviously knows a lot about me. Where I worked. How old I am. That my wife comes from Ormond Beach. And the scariest of all is the California bit. Very few people knew 1 took that trip. The only place it's written down is in Air Force records at Fort Walton Beach "Evidently, this guy completely assumed my identity. He had lots of details that would be really hard to research. This thing is so out-to-lunch. I'm really strung out. Unbelievable." Misner got on the phone right away and called the Pensacola police. By that time, detectives had discovered Mr. X was not Misner. The police went back to grilling Mr. X. Though he admitted he was not Misner, he would not give his real identity. The ID card showed a striking similarity iii physical appearance to the man they had in front of them, but not an exact one. Except for one call to an Atlanta attorney, he clammed up during two hours of questioning by Patchen and Bodiford. They say the man will be questioned further today. He is still a suspect in the FSU murders, they say. Yes, they're curious, too, about how he built and credentialed an imposter's identity on a physical similarity to a well-known athlete in a relatively small city like Tallahassee. But he won't tell them. Meanwhile, the real Ken Misner is busy calling television stations and wire services to tell them he's not the man under questioning in Pensacola for the Chi Omega murders. "I'm sitting here watching the six o'clock news and my reputation going right down the drajn," he said. And now that Misner thinks about it, some strange things have been happening in his life. "About a year ago, when I was out of town, some guy called my wife late at night, and seemed to know I was out of town. He said as long as I wasn't there, he might as well come over. He never did, but he called back a second time. When I got home, the calls stopped." And a few weeks ago, the track star got a call from a man who said he was in the registrar's office at Florida State University. 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