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Small Towns / Federal Funds #50284

ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 12, 1977
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(Studio) Several big city mayors meet with administration officials to request aid for cities and may get it. Earlier, several small city mayors did same and were turned down. Some are suing government, charging discrimination.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Shenandoah, Iowa) Hondo, Texas, Mayor Woodie Glasscock requested federal aid for city, in order to build civic center which he says city needs and which would have created jobs. Is turned down because city's unemployment rate is only 3%. [GLASSCOCK - doesn't think penalizing people for working is American way, and thinks those unemployed deserve government help.] Hondo, along with many other small towns, has problem of low unemployment, but high underemployment. State of Iowa has gotten along without many big cities, and Shenandoah, Iowa, Mayor David Childs wants to org. small towns to boycott them. Says big cities and big government work to exclude small towns from public works and other benefits. Shenandoah had requested federal funds to rebuild swimming pool, was turned down and Childs says he doesn't know why. [CHILDS - thinks major problem for small cities is that they don't have strong enough lobby with federal government as big cities do.] Many other small cities are sympathetic to plights of these 2 towns.
REPORTER: Charles Murphy

Murphy, Charles;
Reasoner, Harry

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