Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on May 16, 1974 · Page 10
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 10

Carroll, Iowa
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Thursday, May 16, 1974
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Trying to Revive Interest in Area States Tuition Reciprocity Plan By Iowa l)all\ I'rrss Association DES MOINES — State Representative Dennis Butler is trying to revive interest in a tuition reciprocity plan between Iowa higher education institutions and thosfe of surrounding states. Butler, R-Council Bluffs, is asking the Legislative Council to create an interim study committee to explore the ''advisability' 1 and "methods" for establishing tuition reciprocity agreements between the Iowa schools and corresponding schools in neighboring states. A reciprocity plan was first proposed several years ago and the governors of Nebraska and Iowa responded by appointing a special committee to study the problem between the two states. Thus far, the proposal is still on dead center. A member of the committee, Harry S. Allen, Director of Institutional Research and Planning at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln put his finger on the problem when he noted that the matter of reciprocity between Iowa and Nebraska is more complicated than in many states. There are at least four Iowa students attending a post high school educational institution in Nebraska for every Nebraska student attending a comparable institution in Iowa. Allen, in a letter to Gov. Robert Ray. said the Nebraska interest has principally centered on a desire to further the concept of regional graduate education, while the Iowa interest appears to be in providing undergraduate educational opportunities for students from western Iowa. The fundamental question, Allen said, is whether, as a matter of public policy, the states of Iowa and Nebraska Two Departing Legislators Have Left Marks on House By Harrison Weber ' Iowa Daily Press Association DES MOINES - Two legislators, each bowing out after 16 years' service in the House of Representatives, have left their own indelible marks on the Iowa legislative scene. C. Raymond Fisher, Grand Junction, and Harold 0. Fischer, Wellsburg, represent a contrast in styles. Ray Fisher is quiet and unassuming, while Harold "Grumpy" Fischer can be cantankerous if backed into a corner. But those who know Fischer best say there's a soft heart behind that political facade. Through the years these two Republicans have played a key role in the legislative process. Ray Fisher, 66, was "up to his eyeballs in farming" when a group of businessmen asked him to run for the House. Henry Stevens, who had served the county for 14 years was retiring. Serving in the Legislature, Fisher said, has been a very rewarding experience. "I wouldn't trade it for any other 16 years of my life." During his tenure he served as "floor manager" of some very important bills, such as liquor-by-the-drink, a state merit system and creation of a utility commission. Although he had been a "dry" all his life, after visiting some key clubs in Des Moines Fisher concluded that liquor-by-the-drink was for the rich and bootlegging was for the poor. "There were all kinds of shenanigans going on and it was time for the state to move in with some controls. A lot of people probably were surprised at my stand, but I've never been sorry," Fisher remarked. Grumpy Fischer, as he is affectionately known, became interested in the Legislature because of his interest and activities in American Legion affairs. 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Thursday, May 16, 1974 10 wish to begin paying a portion of students' costs for attendance at a college or university outside of their own state. Allen said the committee feels that any program must involve a flow of dollars with the students. This could be done by making students eligible to use state provided tuition assistance grants outside of their home state, or each of the states could agree to waive the non-resident tuition for an equal number of undergraduate students, or their equivalent number of graduate students. In the fall of 1972, there were 1.282 Iowa students attending public higher education institutions in Nebraska compared to only 288 Nebraska students taking courses in Iowa institutions. These statistics cover state universities and four year colleges as well as area community colleges. Of the Nebraska students enrolled at Iowa and Iowa State, 87 were graduate students, while at least 70 of the Iowa students enrolled in Nebraska institutions were taking graduate courses. If non-resident tuition is waived, Allen said the institutions themselves would undoubtedly require that these funds be replaced by legislative appropriations. "If, for example, the University of Nebraska waived non-resident tuition for 200 Iowa students, this would be the equivalent of $144,000 income loss to the university. "The states could enter a program of subsidizing a part of the resident and non-resident tuition differential, rather than the entire difference, but there seems no escape from the proposal that the reciprocity agreement would involve a cash outlay,""Allen stated. This is a public policy decision which the committee felt ought to be reviewed by the governors before the committee itself went further, Allen reported. Separate and apart from the question of student reciprocity, is a proposal made to the committee by the representative from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln that serious thought be given to the possibility of developing a Metropolitan Omaha-Council Bluffs Higher Education Complex. Allen said this was suggested as a possible part of the proposed Missouri River Development Program. As a model for the proposal, it was suggested that the Auraria Higher Education Complex, now under construction in Denver, be reviewed. This is a large scale development which is part of downtown urban renewal and will be a higher education park in Denver in which are to be located the Metropolitan State College, Denver Center of the University of Colorado and Denver Community College. do something about it and became a member of the Legislature." Fischer said matter of factly. "We were very successful, too," Fischer smiled, as he told of the Legislature appropriating funds for a new medical facility at the Soldiers' Home, an addition, installation of air conditioning and demolishing the Old Main dorm." There were four different major appropriations for the home. Fischer, an insurance agent, received his unusual nickname from former State Representative John Camp of Bryant after Speaker of the House Vern Lisle had referred to Fischer as the "gentleman from Grumpy instead of the gentleman from Grundy County." That was 16 years ago during Fischer's first session and the name stuck. "How things have changed since that first session," Fischer said in a reminiscent mood. "We have gone from biennial (once every two years) to annual sessions and have almost reached the point where it's necessary to have a professional Legislature. The attitude, integrity and loyalty of the average Legislature has materially deteriorated in comparison to 16 years ago. "In other words, 16 years ago if a legislator made a commitment, a promise, or an agreement, he would stick by his word. Now most, if not all, of these desirable characteristics no longer exist," Fischer asserted. Ray Fisher says the biggest change he's seen in the General Assembly is the up-grading of interim study work. It used to be, he said, that controversial bills were sent to study committees "to get people off legislators' backs. It was an almost sure way of killing a bill." But that's no longer true, Fisher said pointing to various interim studies that have resulted in enactment of major legislation. Fisher thinks Iowa is tending in the direction of a professional Legislature. "Oh, it will take higher salaries than we have now to say that we have an actual professional Legislature, but we're headed in that direction." Harold Fischer, 56, thinks the Iowa Legislature has come within an eyelash of being a professional Legislature. 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