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OfffcM proposes clhsiiriges iim Ibuidlget process
Cy CARRIE DOVE
In a move that has made some
government officials edgy, state
auditor Ed Renfrow has proposed a
plan that would revise the develop
ment of the state budget by expanding
the role of the Advisory Budget
The auditor's proposal would
make the budget process more cum
bersome and would blur the line
separating powers, said Marvin
Dorman, deputy state budget
The plan suggests expanding the
membership and the role of the
budget commission. It also recom
mends that the N.C General Assem
bly enact a law requiring the budget
to be passed before June 30, the end
of the fiscal year.
Renfrow proposal would raise the
membership of the Advisory Budget
Commission from 15 to 28.
The governor, lieutenant governor
and the speaker of the N.C. House
of Representatives would lose their
power to appoint people to the
committee if the plan were
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Instead the membership would
always include the 10 Council of State
officials, the 10 cabinet secretaries,
the state controller, the director of
the administrative office of the courts,
the presidents of the state university
and community college systems, two
state senators, and two state
The auditor's plan also calls for the
Office of State Budget and Manage
ment, the State Controller's Office
and the General Assembly's fiscal
staff to work together to determine
the budget revenue figures. Revenue
figures determine the amount of
money the state can spend. The state
Budget Office and the fiscal staff now
calculate the tax estimates and
Billy Watkins, chairman of the
House Appropriations Committee
and gubernatorial contender, called
the plan "useless."
The General Assembly allocates
more than $20 billion in a two-year
budget, making for a complicated
budget process, Watkins said.
"These outsiders are clamoring for
it to be done in a shorter period of
time," he said. "You can't (go through
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deliberations) in a short period of
But since state law requires local
governments to finish their budgets
before the end of the fiscal year, the
state government should follow their
example, said Gwen Canady, chief
deputy state auditor.
"It's a workable plan (designed) to
be the most efficient," Canady said.
Renfrow's plan has found little
support in the Executive Branch.
Under Republican Gov. Jim Mar
tin, the budget commission has had
a limited role. Martin has relied on
staff and advisers, leaving the com
mission to participate only in the final
stages of the budget process.
"(The ABC) would be a drastically
different beast," said Tim Pittman,
Martin's press secretary. "But passage
of the proposal is very unlikely."
Jewish JhoMday starts
tonight at sraidown
By AMY WINSLOW
Yom Kippur, which begins tonight
at sundown and lasts through Sat
urday evening, is a sacred Jewish
holiday that culminates a 10-day
period of repentance.
Hebrew for "day of atonement,"
Yom Kippur involves a period of
fasting and prayer for salvation.
"It is the day that heaven makes
a decision about the fate of every
individual, whether he will live or die,
prosper or not," said Jack Sasson,
professor of religious studies at UNC.
"It's an extremely important day."
The holiday is a powerful commu
nity ritual that, at the same time,
forms an international bond among
General College and College of Arts
"The draft isn't flexible," she said.
She said the idea of housing outstand
ing students in the dormitories could
be discarded, but encouraging
student-faculty interaction could not.
"I'd like us to remember what we
are a university," Cell said. "And
a university is about faculty and
The committee also discussed
whether to dig basements beneath the
According to the recommendation,
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Pittman said the governor does not
support the proposal because it would
involve too many people and would
be difficult to implement.
Watkins, a member of the ABC,
said the commission rarely served an
advisory function. Last year it refused
to pass a motion recommending
Martin's budget plan because the
commission had no role in putting
the plan together, he said.
Under Renfrow's plan, 12 members
of the ABC would be appointed to
an executive committee that would
write the final budget for the gov
The governor does not use the
ABC, and it is useless to debate it,
said Speaker of the House Liston
"For all practical purposes the
ABC is a dead issue," he said.
all Jews, Sasson said.
The celebration begins in the
synagogue at sundown on Friday
with the "Kol Nidrei," meaning "all
vows." This is a prayer to ask God
for forgiveness of sins, Sasson said.
The prayer continues into Satur
day. Coupled with the lack of food
and water, the day of prayer makes
people feel as if they are totally in
God's hands, Sasson said.
"Psychologically, this is a very
powerful and emotional moment," he
On Saturday at sundown the fast
and prayer ends, and everyone goes
home to celebrate and break their
fast, Sasson said.
elevator to provide access for han
dicapped students if there is a
basement. The basement would
house common areas.
If no basement is constructed, the
first floor of Old West would be
designed to accommodate the hand
icapped, and would house a kitchen,
computer study room and laundry
A basement built beneath Old East
would include similar common areas,
while the first floor would house a
staff apartment and student rooms.
A historical commons room restored
in a style reflecting the building's
history, with a barrel vault ceiling and
roof lantern, would be on the third
"It will be a usable room, not a
museum," Boulton said.
Without a basement, the first floor
of Old East would house a common
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Los Angeles area shaken up
in earthquake, aftershocks
From Associated Press reports
LOS ANGELES A severe
earthquake and 15 major after
shocks jolted the area Thursday,
killing three people, injuring more
than 100, cracking buildings and
freeways, and setting off dozens
.The U.S. Geological Survey in
Golden, Colo., said the quake
registered 6.1 on the Richter scale,
making it the strongest tremor to
hit the Los Angeles area since the
6.4 Sylmar quake of 1971 that
killed 64 people.
The quake, recorded at 7:42
a.m. local time, was centered
about nine miles south-southwest
of Pasadena at the north end of
the Whittier-Elsinore Fault. Over
the next three hours, at least 15
aftershocks occurred that mea
sured 3.0 or more on the Richter
Damage appeared to be worst
in Whittier, the closest suburban
area to the epicenter. Marsha
Anderson, a spokeswoman for
Hospital, said 60 people had been
treated for earthquake-related
"Our uptown area has suffered
considerable damage," said Whitt
ier police Officer Mike Willis. "It's
been closed off."
Nicaraguan newspaper reopens
Nicaragua's only opposition news
paper, shut down by the govern
ment for 15 months, resumed
publication Thursday with a
banner headline saying "Truth For
La Prensa, once Nicaragua's
area, along with a staff apartment and
student rooms. The third floor would
still contain the historical commons
Gordon Rutherford, UNC director
of facilities planning, said Thursday
he did not support constructing
basements underneath the halls.
"It is foolish to dig basements
under old buildings that are structu
rally stable," Rutherford said. "It may
be feasible to do it, but it isn't wise."
Boulton said the consulting firm
hired by the University decided that
it was feasible to dig basements under
the residence halls.
Students and administrators on the
committee expressed satisfaction
with the recommendation; ' : : " ' '
"This rexmmendktioht lepresehts"
a lot of hard work," Kuncl, said. "I'm
very pleased with it."
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Robertson declares candidacy
NEW YORK Longtime tel- ,
evision evangelist Pat Robertson,
confronted by chanting protesters,
entered the 1988 Republican
presidential race on Thursday with
a pledge to "campaign for all
people" and be "strong for
Robertson declared his candi
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the Brooklyn brownstone where
he lived briefly in 1959 when he
was a young minister. Two days
ago, he resigned as a Baptist
preacher and also severed his ties
to the Christian Broadcasting
Network, the religious ministry
that made him famous.
Several hundred people, about
half of them black, stood in front
of the platform, and he often had
to struggle to be heard over the
chants of "Down with Pat." His
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Iraq bombs shrimp boat
MANAMA, Bahrain Iraqi
warplanes fired a missle Thursday
at a shrimp boat in the Persian
Gulf and killed its Australian
captain after Iranian speedboats
attacked at least three tankers in
24 hours, sources said.
The 85-foot trawler Shenton
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sink, said salvage executives who
spoke on condition of anonymity.
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East, said he is confident officials
would take the committee's recom
"What we've done will be carried
out," he said.
Residence Hall Association Pres
ident Kelly Clark said that while he
was glad the committee finally
reached a decision, the recommenda
tion could have been more detailed
"I'm concerned that four or five
years down the road, this might be
forgotten," Clark said.
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