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Heatly bill acknowledged in the Hduse debate that Lamar Tech is in the same situation, as to its appropriation for books, as Arlington statethat is, either more money will be added, or Lamar Tech’s accreditation will be endangered. Rep. Malcolm McGregor of El Paso, a member of the last legislature’s budget boar d, made one test move for Connally’s budget. He did not have timeiri the time allowed to prepare an amendment completely substituting Connally’s high e r education Heatly proposals for the Heatly bills, so he proposed Connally’s teacher pay raises for colleges of about 17% for the biennium. Henry Grover of Houston opposed McGregor’s motion. If more money is provided by taxes, Grover said, “I assure you the conference committee will apportion it in a fair and just manner.” McGregor argued that this Conveniently located downtown near business, shopping, and all activities 250 rooms with private bath, shower and radio 100% Air-Conditioned Individually Controlled Circulating Ice Water on all Floors Television Singles 350 Coffee Shop from $ Garage 12 The Texas Observer :: was the House members’ last chance to have a say of their own on how new monies would be spent. McGregor’s motion on the pay raises was then killed, 103-33. This posed the question, whose answer the session will inexorably provide: if the House conservatives will permit the enactment only of taxes to which the liberals object, will the liberals go along to get the higher spending? N HIS BUDGET message March 7, the ‘ governor said that in dealing with human needs, “we have chosen compassion over merciless economy.” He recommended “improved care for our elderly, our sick, and our dependent” in state special schools, including additional support personnel, 1,200 new beds for the mentally retarded, and the replacement of the Confederate home in Austin housing aged invalids in what he described as “a fire trap.” He proposed an increase of $14 million for college and university salary level increases and more funds for fellowships, research, and books. “If we do nothing more during the 58th legislature,” he said, “I hope that we will commit Texas to excellence in education.” Connally indicated to the legislature, as he had the day before to editors, his frustration by the fact that 85% of the state’s budget is tied up in special and dedicated funds. He called this system a “mushrooming financial monster” that will mean, unless controlled, “a tidal wave of taxation.” Connally proposed to raise the $45 million new money his budget would require by two kinds of revenue. First, he would have the legislature enact the sales tax changes proposed by the Texas tax study commission abolishing the sales tax exemption on DON BROWN Sun Life of Canada Austin, Texas GR 6-1942 items of clothing of $10 or less. Second, he proposes to extend the present “temporary” corporate franchise tax The governor concluded with references to Texans being “actually eager to strive for a greater future. . . . Texas is on the thfeshold of a glorious chapter in its history. . . . The progress made by this . . . legislature is . . . typical of the new spirit rising throughout Texas.” The House bill does not provide funds for the $12 million in additional welfare spending authorized last November by the voters. Judging from the totals given in Connally’s abbreviated budget, Connally has not proposed that this money be raised and spent, either. One-sixth of the $12 million would be allocated for the permanently and totally disabled, and five-sixths for the old, the blind, and dependent children. Bill Cobb, the governor’s budget officer, says the item was left out of the governor’s recommendations on the assumption that enabling legislation would be required. \(Connally has not recom x JC #riitz’ Since 1866 The Place in Austin Immortalized in Bill Brammer’s THE GAY PLACE 1607 San Jacinto GR 7-4171 7E 1C 7C