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LONE STAt VIEWING CO., SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS Board Suggests ‘Zero’ For Migrant Council THE NEW BILLS AUSTIN Taxes: Beneficiary severance tax on dedicated reserves contracts at the wellhead for $20 million a year \(Hinson, Mineola, for top 17 Texas companies which are associated with 75 percent of foreign oil imports for $13 million a year to “replace” Daniel’s auto graduated corporate net income tax, exempting companies making less than $50,000 a year, crediting present state taxes paid against such tax, for about $20 million a pation tax on manufacturing and “importing” manufactured goods into Texas, $400 million a year laws, $11.5 million a year more percent general sales tax \(Seeligtrading stamps \(Chapman, SulLabor: Require secret elections on having a union in intra-state commerce o n proper petition vide voluntary mediation. of labor disputes through the state \(Harindustrial safety act with $50 to raise maximum unemployment comp to $40 and extend the period ployers pay employees for costs and lost time for medical tests Medical: Establish a medical school in San Antonio \(Strickland, group clinics such as those at Baytown and Southern Pacific in AUSTIN Percentagewise, the Legislative Budget Board’s biggest departmental cut was administered to the Council on Migrant Labor, which was literally written out of business. The Council’s 1959 budget of $10,000 was reduced to zero “pending determination by the 56th legislature of the urgency of the council’s work.” The council had requested $46,000 for the biennium. “Ridiculous!” responded Senator Henry Gonzalez. “What could be more ‘urgent’ than 100,000 people leaving the state each year looking for work? There is no question the reason for the bud get board’s action is pressure ex erted on it following the Confer Dr. George Sanchez, Univer sity of Texas educator, called g r a m, “subsidizing agriculture with human misery,” at a conference on Latin American problems in Austin. Carey McWilliams, editor, the Nation, said that “the rural sweatshops which have too long disgraced the Southwest” should be eliminated and that organized labor should concern itself more with farm labor: “The public should expect more of organized labor than press releases about wetbacks.” Amarilllo voters established, by 6-1 vote, the first city hos pital district in Texas … Edin burg voters approved urban re newal 483-313 … In Dallas, Bill Blakley denounced urban renewal as wrongfulcollaboration between government and private enter prise … In San Antonio builder H. B. Zachry offered to build new city buildings at cost and nothing more … In Austin the sexy-maga zine ban continued but was tem porarily lifted by two young men Owen Defends El Paso Firms AUSTIN Sen. Frank Owen, El Paso, joined legislators who have been hired as lawyers to defend loan companies accused of usury in suits filed by Atty. Gen. Will Wilson. Saying he has been retained by 13 of the 15 El Paso companies named in the suits, Owen remarked: “I can’t see any conflict of interest. I considered that.” Sen. Doyle Willis, Fort Worth, told the Observer he had been approached by representatives of the Dallas and then the Fort Worth loan companies sued and offered the cases at $200 a company. He said he refused the cases, telling the representatives that he does not take retainers from interests which might have interest in state legislation. Sen. Dorsey Hardeman, San Angelo, and seven representatives represent the sued loan companies, in addition now to Owen. Rep. Jo Ed Winfree, Sr., Houston, has obtained mandatory legislative continuances for two of the Austin companies; he represents another five Houston firms. Together the legislators represent well over half the 287 sued companies. The executive director of the State Bar, registering as a lobbyist, said he will push for legislation to “abolish or substantially amend the present mandatory continuance granted lawyers who are members of the legislature.” ence on Migrant Labor conducted by the council. There were recommendations in that conference for a 50-cent minimum wage program and also for an end to the bracero program_” Gonzalez said that through the bracero treaty with Mexico, foreign workers are guaranteed insurance safeguards, minimum transportation standard s, and “theoretically at least” a 50-centan-hour minimum wage. “Native Texans have none of these benefits,” said Gonzalez, adding the agency is “asking for a very modest sum …. At least the Governor has been quite conscientious.” In his budget recommendation, Governor Daniel asked for $40,000 of the $46,000 requested by the council who brought some of the magazines from San Antonio. A mother of four children from Piedras Negras was convicted of possessing heroin actually of bringing 20 grams of it worth $10,000 to San Antonio for $4, which she said was all she got and faced a possible ten-year prison term … Dallas DA Henry The Week in Texas Wade planned to go to Washington to try to get BenJack Cage, wanted on a ten-year ICT conviction, back from Brazil, and Joe Bonds, wanted for jumping bond on an eight-year term for sodomy, back from Washington … A Denton professor and ex-senator, Robert Proffer, was among those indicted on mail fraud indictment involving mis-use of about $50,000 from teachers and others in an investment company and a proposed school …. The trial. of J. Byron Saunders, former insurance commissioner charged with perjury, was delayed in Austin … Two former officers of Insur0 meilic Life Insurance Co. pleaded guilty to embezzling $53,200 in Dallas and got off with probated sentences because they have returned the money. Republic National Life In surance Co. of Dallas, which 31 months ago reached a billion dollars of life insurance in force, has now passed two billion … Three Texas oil companies, Humble, Magnolia, and Phillips, offered five percent pay increases to their employees, with the prospect improving for an end to an engineers’ strike against Phillips in Borger … The government concluded its anti trust case against the Harte-Hanks newspaper chain in Dallas growing out of the purchase of the Greenville Herald by the Greenville Banner in 1956. Government evidence sought to establish that HarteHanks put a squeeze on the Herald by operating the Banner at heavy losses. TEXAS FLAG FLIES HIGHEST, YEZAK BILL WOULD REQUIRE AUSTIN Rep. Herman Yezak, liberal from Bremond, has introduced, “by request,” he carefully notes, a bill to require that the Texas flag be flown over “all state offices” and always displayed “in a superior position” when flown with any other flag, including that recently revised emblem known in some quarters as “Old Glory.” THE TEXAS OBSERVER Page 3 Jan. 24, 1959 Water: Conserve underground water, prevent its pollution, license and log water well drillers owners to impound up to 200 acre feet of water without a state perdistricts maintain free public a San Antonio area water district Education: Pre-school language 180-day school years, gifted student teachers, and driver educaa month pension for Texas Rangstate employee pay raises, starting at 20 percent for lowest brackets and declining as salary incense and supervise \(Cole, HousKoriConstitutional amendments: Exempt $3000 of the homestead of people over 64 from property tax come or a payroll tax \(Blaine, El for education income \(McKay, income to the permanent school fund to available funds \(Dugan, ment to pass tax bills \(Jones, DalDewey, Bryempt vehicles from ad valorem lative pay to $50 a day for 150 120 and $25 thereafter \(Green, Smith, ShanUtilities: Let REA operate freely in newly incorporated areas profits on investment, not replacePolitics: Party registration, alterable up to 30 days from a vote, binding for primaries, from which independents are to be excluded tax with party status \(de in Garza, on presidential Democratic votes SDEC members except for eight members appointed by the govvoting laws variously. Business, Professions: License central state licensing department, bank account bill \(Bell, Hughes, for richness \(Burgess, Nacogdoshoplifting \($300 fine, Conley, Raymondville, o r $200, Coley, $15 fee to license fees for uninsured drivers \(Gladden, Fort vegetable commission \(Murray, for the industrial and tourist state advertising program \(Blaine, El Suing the State: Abolish the requirement for legislative permission to sue the state \(Anderson, Labor Asked of Farms Brewed by an imported formula … brewed with pure deep-well artesian water … brewed with authentic Old World Flavor. Flavor so good, so true, it’s Certified! Certified pure, fully aged and brewery fresh, too … by the world’s largest independent testing laboratories! No wonder everybody likes it! It’s Certified! 0