NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 04, 1976
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(Studio) Jimmy Carter, Henry Jackson, George Wallace run in Florida. Jackson defends his civil rights stance. Governorships of Carter and Wallace become part of political debate.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Montgomery, Alabama) [WALLACE - believes Alabama is good place to live.] Alabama good place to live if income high. Property taxes lowest in nation State income tax, corporate taxes cited; likewise sales tax, which places heaviest burden on least able to pay. Wallace claims to stand for low-income citizens. Tax reform a Wallace plank, but has done little with regard to Alabama tax situation. Low education expenditures noted. Vocational school system set up in Alabama under Wallace. But Alabama one of 10 states with no minimum wage law. United States District Judge Frank Johnson said doing more with regard to governing Alabama than Wallace. Johnson blames state officials for not carrying out Const. duties. Johnson ordered Alabama legislature reapportioned and schools integrated; likewise end to discrimination against blacks in state police force. Johnson ordered upgrading of mental insts.; also ordered review of property tax assessment. Johnson critical of other state programs. Prisons cited; film of over-crowding shown. Wallace said by some more interested in running for President than governing Alabama. Wallace bills re: utilities fail to pass. [WALLACE - cites his election to a 3rd term.] Despite situations in Alabama, people continue to elect Wallace governor But president is national office. Film of Alabama capitol building, with Alabama state and Confederate flags flying, shown.
REPORTER: Kenley Jones