1992-11-02; Central Michigan Life
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MP eaeaaaj-. ^^^^M^i^i&mmmM^ 'it^WfiTI? LOW 50s HIGH TODAY LOW 40s LOW •TONIGHT Windy and rainy ** _»-*"* r Arts 8t ^ **«...***....».._... "^^T^^.'^Ty^g^ ■ v ■.' yty-.'-. -«. Marder not martyred Comedian's show a success despite small crowd Page 8 •yeeje^^e^gggpyj^g j*-»r.-. >.<■..>-,-*> ^ -. *,_£»& Mac meet Men and Women harriers take third and fourth Page 10 Central Michigan VOLUME 75/NUMBER 27* €> 1992 CM LIFE MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN 48859 (517): 774-3493 18PA&ES; Official endorses Proposal C State treasurer says Michigan taxes are 'way out of line' By Tamara Snyder LIFE Staff Writer For voters who want lower property taxes, Proposal C, if passed, could finally offer homeowners the break they've been looking for. For the past 25 years, Michigan's unemployment rate has exceeded the national average, said Douglas Roberts, the author of statewide ballot Proposal C and Michigan's treasurer. "Property taxes in Michigan are way out of line," he said. If Michigan residents pass Proposal C Tuesday, they will receive property tax breaks at the expense of lost school dol lars in hopes of jump starting Michigan's economy. The amendment would cut property taxes by 30 percent over the next five years. Yet in 1991. 67 percent of all property taxes were used to support K-12 education. In past years, Michigan's government attempted to do good things for citizens, but the end result is raising taxes, he said. This time, officials are aiming for the opposite. Journalism professor James Wieghart called the proposal a "shotgun approach" because it doesn't tell the public where replacement funds for schools will come from. Paying for public education continues to get more expensive, Roberts said. The alternative is increasing taxes and continuing to support schools with no growth to Michigan's economy. . Proposal C is a plausible solution to Michigan's stagnant economy, he said. "My concern is schools haven't thought through what's going to happen if Proposal C fails," he said. The art of advertising millage elections is keeping them low key, Roberts said. "You don't publicize it, hoping 'no' voters won't show up," he said. "When the public receives double-digit tax increases, that's when they'll vote — against schooi millage increases." Proposal C's failure, he said, will in essence mean lofty rollbacks in school millage funds and major increases in state equalized value of property. But if Proposal C passes, "Nothing in the proposal says the state government can't raise taxes," Roberts said- Proposal B draws mix of reactions from students By Tamara Snyder LIFE Staff Writer Bottom line Voters must decide if savings is worth losing unlimited care The prospect of new faces in Washington and Lansing along with citizen apathy to election issues explain why some CMU students plan to vote "yes" on Proposal B. The proposal places time constraints on the number of years Michigan governors, state legislators and U.S. lawmakers are permitted to serve. Under the proposal, Michigan's U.S. and state senators are limited to two office terms while Michigan's U.S. and state house representatives limit is set at three terms. "I think if more people would vote, term limits would happen naturally," said Lara Bergman, Lake Orion sophomore. "But because people aren't voting we need to put a limit on them." "I think a lot of people don't pay attention to what's going f n until something goes wrong," said Joelle Methner, Coleman freshman. Very often, voters re-elect politicians without being well informed. As a result, incumbents stay in office longer than they should, said See TERMS Paqe 2 By Tamara Snyder LIFE Staff Writer CMU car owners will have to decide which is more important — saving money or medical care when casting their ballots on the Michigan auto insurance rates proposal Tuesday. Proposal D will save 20 percent on auto insurance at the expense of placing a $250,000 cap on Michigan's unlimited medical and liability coverage. "Prices are too high, but they say you can never put a price on life." said Debbie Walker, Battle Creek freshman. "You never know when a car accident will happen." Michigan is the only U.S. state which presently has unlimited medical benefits. Under the proposal, car owners lose the 20 percent savings if they want additional coverage, up to $5 million, the maximum cap. But Bill Cilluffo, government affairs director of AAA of Michigan said one out of 10,000 accidents produces injuries exceeding $250,000. "Michigan's insurance rates have gone up too fast, and we think that's a terrible mistake," Cilluffo said. "A lot of people on Michigan roads are driving around without insurance." Cilluffo said. "One out every six drivers isn't insured." AAA placed the proposal on the November ballot after collecting 630,000 Michigan signatures, three times the number needed to put the proposal on the ballot. "I frankly don't believe someone who has been driving around without insurance will go out and buy insurance (if Proposal D passes)," said Bethany Goodman, executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Michigan State Organization. The minority of seriously injured accident victims who demand years of medical care need Michigan's unlimited personal injury coverage, Goodman said. "Ongoing medical needs are covered now. but this wouldn't happen (if Proposal D passes)," Goodman said. See RATES Page 2 Sitting on the stoop of the Alpha Chi Omega house, Jennifer Witzke, Grosse Pointe junior, passes out treats to youngsters LIFE Photo/Dawn Abbott Halloween Night. See accompanying story on page 3. Where To Vote There are seven polling places in the Mount Pleasant city limits. Polling places will open Tuesday at 7 a.m. Balloting ends at 8 p.m. Voters must cast their ballots in the precinct they are registered in. Here is the list of city polling places: Precinct 1: Ganiard Elementary School, 101 S. Adams. Precinct 2: City Hall 401 N Main. Precinct 3: Pullen Elementary School, 251 S. Brown. Precinct 4: Mount Pleasant Senior High School, 1155 S. Elizabeth. Precinct 5: Kinney Elementary School, 720 N. Kinney. Precinct 6: Vowles Elementary School, 3800 S. Watson. Precinct 7: Fancher Elementary School, 801 S. Kinney. COUNTY COMMMMR I ii J SBAC allocated $82,789 last year Student organizations vie for slice of the pie By John Dobberstein LIFE Staff Writer The White House and State Capitol are not the only organizations where allocation of money is an issue. Student organizations searching for operational funding for projects usually go through the Student Budget Review and Allocation Committee, and eight- member organization consisting of Central students. The committee accepts applications from registered on-campus and off-campus student organizations who vied for $82,789 last academic year. Requests for the 1992-93 academic year were due Oct. 5, and an estimated 40 organizations applied for funding last year. Arah Morton, SBAC chairperson and Traverse City junior, said SBAC members try to award a reasonable amount of money to every eligible request. Morton said a large chunk — For more information. See page 16. almost $60,000 — automatically is allocated to Student Government Association ($19,000) and the Homecoming Steering Committee ($3,000), while Program Board is budgeted over $30,000 each year. The automatic allocations only leave approximately $20,000 for SBAC to work with, Morton said. Program Board's allocation was not used last year, and they were required to return the $37,000 given to them, she said. "We base our allocations on whether or not they are reasonable requests," she said. "We have to know exactly what the money is needed for. "In most cases, if the program is worthy of funding, they should get something." Morton said only student organizations who "offer something where the University can benefit as a whole" are eligible, which means groups holding events only open to its members are not eligible, Morton said. The lowest allocations were to The Association of Graduate/ Clinical Psychology Students and Student Association for Bi-Lingual Education, at $30 each. Morton said some requests are not investigated enough, which might lead to initial shock when the organizations are informed of their funding award. "We find ways to fund, but to cut corners also," Morton said., "We want to be fair and give every organization a chance to put on a program." Morton said organizations unhappy with their funding level can appeal the decision, but when most organizations see the actual costs of their projects and operations the funding allocated usually is correct. "We go strictly by the guidelines," she said. "It's state money the University decides to give us. See BUDGETS Page 2 ..,.■# SERVING STHE CAMPUS COMMUNITY FOR MORE iTHAN ,70 .YEARS i-TfltT-ftii'" m"' • «.*»>!»» tM^mM^^^^^smmmm^mmmi^^^.''
|Title||1992-11-02; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, November 2, 1992 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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