Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 14, 1970 · Page 8
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Around The Rotunda Fulton Comes Up With Some Recommendations, Forecasts By Harrison Weber DES MOINES — Politics aside, Robert D. Fulton believes someone in state government Other than an appointee of the governor should have the responsibility of informing the public as to the condition of the state's pocketbook. In a candid, after-the-election interview, Fulton decried having to make the state's financial condition a bone of political contention. The Waterloo Democrat who was unsuccessful in his bid to unseat Gov. Robert D. Ray charged during the campaign that the state was going broke, a charge denied by Ray. The issue should have been, according to Fulton, what direction state programs should take. "The big debate is what is the financial status, rather than what do we do about the facts that exist," explained Fulton. This isn't something new, he added, saying it has existed ever since he entered state politics in 1959. As one possible solution. Fulton suggests that the legislative fiscal director, presently Gerry D. Rankin, should be required to make periodic reports to the General Assembly on the state's fiscal condition. Fulton realizes it would take an expanded staff to fulfill this added responsibility. He agrees that the governor should continue to appoint the comptroller and director of revenue. "But what we need is an office free from the governor's dominance that could just report on the status of the state treasury." The fiscal director is appointed by the legislative budget and financial control (interim) committee. "Iowa's fiscal position should be a matter of public knowledge; let the politicians argue that 8 Times Herald, Carroll, la. Sorurdoy, Nov. 14, 1970 someone is at fault or not." He conceded that there might be a conflict in the opinion of such experts as the comptroller and the fiscal director. But then it becomes a matter of degree. Recent developments including a smaller corn crop than expected, 16 cent hogs, and the prolonged General Motors strike, were singled out by Fulton as having an adverse effect on Iowa's economy and reinforcing his views that Iowa is on the brink of financial disaster. Does this mean lowans can expect a major tax increase (a hike in the sales and income taxes) from the 1971 Legislature? "I think as a minimum to finance the programs now on the books it is going to take an increase in some form of taxation. Our tax structure just isn't responsive enough to economic growth ... we have to get more of the growth of the national economy from the federal to state and local governments." When pressed, Fulton said in his opinion present state services, without looking toward the needs of local government, could be maintained without a major tax increase. But, he warned, a major adjustment in both the sales and income tax is going to be needed to finance local government, more specifically education and municipalities. "Too much state money is still being used in education and on roads to perpetuate inefficiency. If 1 o c a 1 governmental bodies want that type of inefficiency they should be forced to pay for it on the local level. "I don't think the state should sit up here and say this is what you have to do; but the state can't continue financing this in- efficiency. "That's why I recommended changes in the school aid formula and using the road classification system as the basis for allocating highway funds." Fulton foresees the Legislature raising salaries of state employes, maybe to the tune of $10 million a year. Noting that it has been three or four years since most state employes have had a substantial s a 1 a r y increase, Fulton saiid the situation can exist only so long and then it is going to "blow up" unless something is done. One of the "paramount issues" facing the next Legislature, Fulton said, is drug abuse. "I hope we strive like the devil to come up with aregional, rather than state, program. In every region of the state there should be a place where a person could go or call if he has a drug problem and only one question is asked, 'Can we help you,' and start from there." Fulton is also predicting that if the U.S. Supreme Court holds the law constitutional on 18- year-olds voting, the proposed amendment to the state constitution on giving 19-year-olds their majority rights will be rejected by the 1971 General Assembly. "They'll say you have one, so you don't need the other," Fulton conjectured. Fulton has "every intention" of remaining active in the Democratic party. "We had good candidates -for state and congressional offices, but there was just no money for them to get out and campaign." How does Fulton size up the Nov. 3 election? "We had a governor (Ray) who by definition was a 'liberal Republican.' This meant he had a natural attractiveness to a lot of voters who in past elections have voted for Democrats." 4-H Club News Activities of Carroll Area Boys, Girts Clubs ARCADIA - The Westside 4-H meeting was held on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Ar-We-Va gym. President Steve Musfeldt called the meeting to order. Nineteen members and 3 leaders answered roll call, "Who am I?". Pledge of Allegiance was led by Randy Petersen. These Stores On WESTGATE MALL OPEN SUNDAY 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. spacious Westgate parking lot, opposite Park in the new West Entrance ERNETT FAMILY CENTER S Coast to Coast STORE The minutes were read and approved. The treasurer's report was given. Four-H Completion Award Night will be held Nov. 10 at the Vail Memorial Hall. A 4-H skating party at Denison will be held on Nov. 12. It was decided to have a corn plot again next year. The club is buying each of its members a 4-H ring from the money earned from this year's plot. A 4-H Appreciation Soup Supper and installation of new officers will be held Nov. 20 in the Ar-We-Va gym. Election of officers followed. New officers or the 1970-1971 year are: President, Ricky Vetter; Vice-President, Connie Kuhl; Secretary, Randy Petersen; Treasurer, Steve Museldt; Reporter, Susy Musfeldt; Historian, Gloria Witt. The 4-H leaders are Gene Kuhl, Tom Musfeldt, Merle Witt, and George Witt. Craig Musfeldt and Brian Freese served lunch. a " BIERL'S PARKWAY FURNITURE CARPET and DRAPES In the New Parkway Plaza at the East Edge of Carroll on Hi-way 30 OPEN SUNDAY 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Open Wed. and Friday Till 9 p.m. SKYMARSHAL JOBS The Federal Government is recruiting for 2000 Customs Security Officers (Sky Marshals) to serve on commercial airlines and in airport terminals to prevent hijacking. These are career jobs with the Bureau of Customs, and will pay from $5,853 to $8,098 a year. To qualify a written Civil Service test must be passed. Applicants must be 21 or older and demonstrate the ability to: deal effectively with individuals and groups; exercise originality, sound judgment and make speedy decisions; interpret and correctly apply regulations or instructions; and prepare clear and concise written reports. Only male candidates are being recruited. For information contact Post Office, DeniBon, Iowa, 51442. 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