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MATERIAL SUBMITTED SUBSEQUENT TO CONCLUSION OF HEARINGS

(CLERK'S NOTE: By order of the Chairman, the following material, received subsequent to conclution of the hearings, will be inserted in the record at this point:)

STATEMENT OF SENATOR ABOUREZK

Thank you Mr.

Chairman for allorin? me the conortunity to

present this statement to your subcommitt22.

Îne programs of the economic Development Administratiori arid

of the Regional Plannina commissions, like the Old West Retionii

comission, are of real importance to states like South Dako-, a.

As neople workint with these programs at the local level ára

quick to point out, funding from CDA Serves

to nártiillv

Compensate for the largely unfunded provisions of the Pural

Development Act.

This Federal assistance is important, for a

For one thin?, it is frequently essential to

number of reasons.

makin; it possible for local areas to meet the national standards

bein?, nandated by Federal law.

as

an examle, implementation of

the Safe Drinking Water Act is going to add to the pressure for

water system fundins and this is in

area which EA shares with

other arengies such as

Farmers 'lome Administratior.

EDA prograls

are important also because they frequently

permit â sort of 'leverain effect.

in Rapid City, gn, for

example, the availability of nublic works fundinn from 50 for

streats, sidewalks, and related develonment, made possibio na use of other prorrans to rehabilitate i blistet area and provide

improved housing for low-income Indians and others.

In other

areas, EDA funtin?, of infrastructure for industrial development,

means

á 74ch-expanded local tax-base and that means

more

resources for other nublic activities.

of course, this is what economic development is all about

and it is in the nature of cod economic development that it has believe that the Budget Committee marle should be rerarded as

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of the environment, and more efficient use of available

resources.

As you know, CDA prograns have been particularly

helpful to some of the Indian tribes in my state.

This is as it

should be since Indian communities are all-too-frequently the

ost economically depressed areas around.

Dati recently provided by the Treasury Depart,mert, indicates

that in fiscal 1975, more than *3.2 million in ENA funds went to

state and local governments in South Dakota.

Since most of these

outlay's probably reflected in FV'74 appropriations and Congress

provided increased funding levels in the next two succeeding

years, it is likely that our state can expect to do even better

this year and next.

But, the Dresident's pronosed fundin levels

for EDA and the Title V Commissions in FY'77 would spell extrane

härishin for states like ours in the vears after that.

His

recommendation that we cut back fundinn by i half or two-shirts

is absolutely incredible at a time when the demand on EDA

programs are prouina. Congress has, in recent years, expanded the elisibility of highly urban areas for some 04 oro rane.

This being the case, increased fundirt is in order rather than

drastic Cutbacks.

As you know, the Public Works Committee has

responded to

this loric and is recommending full fundin? of the Economic

Development Administration and the Title Commissions.

While

not respondin, completely to that recommendation, the 36472,

Committee, it is noteworthy, does Shrest that FDA ororras 5e

funded at this year's level plus an allowance for inflation.

I

minimum in this case.

LETTER FROM SENATOR BAYH

United States Senate

COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20510

JAMES R. CALLOWAY
CHIEF COUNSEL AND STAFF DIRECTOR

June 2, 1976

Honorable John O. Pastore, Chairman
State, Justice, Commerce, the Judiciary Subcommittee
Appropriations Committee
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

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We are writing to you to recommend that the fiscal year 1977 State, Justice, Commerce and Judiciary Appropriations Bill provide $100 million for implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. This recommendation is $50 million less than the authorization for fiscal 1977.

With your assistance and support, Mr. Chairman, the juvenile justice program was funded at a level of $40 million for fiscal 1976. The Administration proposes to reduce that appropriation by 75 percent in 1977, to $10 million a step which would undermine much of the progress that has already been made.

The juvenile justice program, initiated in 1974, is the foundation of a nationwide campaign against juvenile delinquency. Its goal is to direct attention to the prevention of crime rather than responding to criminal acts after the fact. We believe that it represents the most constructive and cost-effective approach to reducing crime.

Over one-half of all serious crimes are committed by young people. Young people have the highest recidivsm rate of any age group upwards of 85 percent. Each dollar spent to prevent crime by a young person represents many dollars saved in terms of property loss and the public costs of processing and incarcerating offenders, not to mention the incalculable costs of human suffering and wasted lives.

It is noteworthy that one of the most cost-effective aspects of the program is the coordination of efforts by private groups as well as state and local governments. A very modest amount of federal assistance has resulted in significant volunteer efforts by private groups such as the Big Brothers of America, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCAS and YWCAS.

Lack of adequate funding will severely hamper juvenile crime prevention efforts. Understaffed state and local agencies lack the expertise and resources to provide effective correctional assistance and services to young offenders. No other federal program provides the coordination and direction which is necessary to mount a comprehensive effort against juvenile crime.

We hope that you will agree on the need to adequately fund the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act so that we may help hundreds of thousands of young people to lead productive lives and reduce the rate of crime in our society. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Bruid Bagh Gland) )

Birch Bayh

Charles McC. Mathias, Jr.

LETTER FROM SENATOR BEALL

United States Senate

COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20510

May 17, 1976

Honorable John O. Pastore
Chairman, Subcommittee on State,

Justice, Commerce and the Judiciary
Senate Appropriations Committee
Washington, D. C.

Dear Mr. Chairman:

As a cosponsor of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, I have had a strong interest in the activities of the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration. It is my understanding that your subcommittee will shortly be considering the Fiscal Year 1977 appropriations for this Administration, and I want to take this opportunity to urge you to fund this program at the authorized level of $20.5 million.

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As you know, fire waste is a national tragedy we ill afford. Twelve thousand lives are lost annually hy fire, and three hundred thousand people are seriously injured by smoke and fire during that same period, as well as an $11' billion loss to our Nation. The 1974 Act was designed to combat this tragic loss of life, health, and property, and, based on the comments of fire service personnel and other citizens throughout the country, I believe we have developed a solid foundation upon which to build our national effort.

Yet, despite high hopes, these programs are being strangled for lack of financial support. Although Congress authorized the NFPCA at a modest level of $32.5 million for two years, only $14.6 million was appropriated. $9.2 million of this appropriation was for on-going programs, and thus the Congress has only provided $5.4 million in new funding for what was designed to be a major commitment against the menace of fire.

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