B"*2 ____ i' *' ______ THE FLORIDA TBIES-'UNION, JACKSONVILLE, FRIDAY, MTARCH 0 17
To Cut Capitol -F un
TALLAHASSEE 7 f 1are boosts for the aged, blind moved because. of social secu- water and St. Petersburg"
The House defeated a Repub- and disabled and for medicaid rity raises. which have large populations
Slican-led move Thursday to services. REP. RICHARD HODES, of retirees
strike out a $25-milhlion alloca- The House initially rejected D-Tampa, chairman of the REP. CARL OGDEN, D-
tion for a new Capitol but re- all the increases but later re- Health and Rehabilitative Ser- Jacksonville, argued against
duced it to $16 million to considered kand approved all vices Committee, said social all the increases on grounds
Spring the $1.65-billion budget the boosts except those to security increases were ac- they would use up any funds
Back into balance, welfare children, tually punitive to old people available to give more state
The House started out $9.5 p Dennis MDnald R because they became ineligi- financial assistance to city
million under available rev e- Rep. Dennis McDonald, R- ble for welfare. governments.
mllin uderavalabe rve-St. Petersburg, chairman of a ,This amendment restores Rep. Granville CrateR
Snue but went into the red with subcommittee studying wel- This amendment restores Rep. Granville Crabtree, R-
about $7 million in over-ap- fare_ sd the S ta ily those people who were Sarasota, said the money'
propriations after approving Sefare, said the State Familyded dropped off the rolls and the could be provided by using
prprition afer aproing Services Division had reduced cruel hoax of social, security $25 million earmarkdfo
funds for extra welfare pay- $4.4-million of fraudulent and cruel hoax of social security $25 million earmarked for a
ments and a new police acad- erroneous welfare payments is overcome," he said. new s k y s c r a p e r Capitol,
Semy. in reous m h payments Attempts by Rep. Ed Trom- wlich he called "a big slab in
The vote was 55-50 against betta, D-Fort Lauderdale, and the sky."
San amendment by Rep. Joe McDonald, who earlier this Rep. Gwen Cherry, D-Miami, The House also voted down
SChapman, D-Panama City, year called for an investiga- to include $8.8 million of in- an amendment by Rep. Jane
which would have deleted the tion of welfare, said, "We told creased aid to dependent chil- Robinson, R-Cocoa, that
funds for a new Capitol and the agency, 'Look, if you dren were voted down twice, would have provided $650,000
appropriated $50,000 to reno- straighten up the welfare rolls "If we can help the old peo- to give state troopers a $50-a-
vate the existing building, and save some money, we'll ple, we can help the kids too," month pay raise.
The House also voted for an plough the money back to the said Trombetta. Mrs. Cherry Rep. Marshall Harris, D-Mi-
amendment by Rep. Jim Till- people who are really helpless said it is "unfair" to give ami, appropriations chair-
man, R-Sarasota, eliminating people.'" more help to aged without man, said the troopers will be
a provision which would have doing the same for welfare getting pay i'aises along with
boosted Gov. Reubin Askew's THE HOUSE WENT along children, all other state employes in a
pay from $36,000 to $41,000. with McDonald's increases in "WE'RE FACED with a de- proposed $50-million benefit
and hiked Cabinet members aid to the aged, blind and dis- cision on one hand of helping package.
pay from $34,000 to $36,000." abled, whom he called "the the 89-year-old who may be
. Reducing the Capitol funds poorest of the poor." dying, maimed or blind, or on
offset earlier over-appropria- The $4.4 million included the other hand of helping the
tions made when the House these increases over the Ap- eight months old baby that
approved $4.4 million of extra propriations Committee rec- can starve to death," said
money for welfare, $3.9 mil- ommendations: $2.1 million Rep. Louis Wolfson, D-Miami.
lion for the Southwest Florida_ for old-age assistance e, "How can you save the 80-
Water Mafagement District $111,696 for aid to the blind, year-old with more money
to require water storage $1.1 million for aid to the dis- and let the eight-months-old
lands, $4 million for a state abled and $1.1 million for baby starve because you have
police academy and several Medicaid increases. more 80-year-olds in your dis-
minor matters. The extra aid to the elderly trict?" he asked.
Earlier the House steadfast- would boost average monthly Rep. William Powell, R-In-
ly refused to increase welfare payments from $61.75 to $72 diatlantic, said McDonald's
" aid to fatherless children but and restore to the rolls about proposal to aid the aged was
. voted for $4.4 million of wel- 4,000 persons .recently re- "pretty good politics in Clear-