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Backlash of The Middle Class #257469

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 20, 1978
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(Studio) Middle class discontent over taxation and government spending, as well as growing resistance to this, mentioned.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(NYC) Howard Jarvis' success in getting measure on California ballot that would limit property taxes given as example of middle class efforts to fight back against rising taxes; films of protest mtgs. on same issue in places across nation shown. [Illinois Taxpayers United spokesperson James TOBIN - says locally govts. are to work for people, not other way.] Situation of retired printer John Keeley and wife Florence, of Wheeling, Illinois, near Chicago, described; their impending move to Florida because of taxes and his--Protest of situation noted. [KEELEY - hasn't paid taxes this year and doesn't expect to. Will pay penalty if for no other reason than to show government he means what he says.] Complaints of middle class about government expenses and services outlined. Attempts by 6 cities in Los Angeles Cnty., California, to secede noted. [Housewife Nicky WISLOCKY - cites duplication of tax payments for services in El Segundo and for those on county level.] Efforts of Queens Citizens Org. in trying to force New York City to deliver services reported Org.'s hiring of organizers from Ind. Areas Fndtn. to help in fight noted; recent confrontation between Org. and Mayor Ed Koch cited. Film shown. [Org. spokesperson Reverend Eugene LYNCH - states conditions under which Koch may speak to group.] [KOCH - responds.] [Teacher Rosemary CALLINAN - says middle class doesn't want to be forgotten anymore and will make noise.] [School administration Hazel ROLLINS - states that they tried to get things done by going through channels and just encountered bureaucracy.] [Retired policeman Herbert SMITH - says public expects government officials to do their jobs for city.] Queens citizens' attendance at organization classes in Chicago described. [Ind. Areas Fndtn. spokesperson Ed CHAMBERS - asks if Koch incident was useful experience.] [Sister Vicki TOALE - says yes; states reasons.] [CHAMBERS - notes election is never over for Koch.] Differences in present classes and earlier ones, according to Chambers, noted. [CHAMBERS - cites differences in classes.] Middle class mbrs.' waiting to be organized and mobilized stated.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

Morton, Bruce;
Mudd, Roger

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