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ary 7, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana "- Bishop's Forum --- The feast of St. Elizabeth Seton, the foundress of Catholic Schools in our country, is a fitting time to share the response of the Holy See to the Catholic Education section of the Quin- quennial Report. I carried the official report to the Vatican last March when all the Bishops of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin made our official five year report to the Holy See. You mayrecaU that Cardinal Pio Laghi is the former at APOstolic Pro-Nuncio to the United States and was here St. Benedict Church for my ordination as bishop. His very Positive letter to all of us is most affirming. BISHOP RALD A GETTELFINGER CONGREGATIO DE 1NSTITUTIONE CATHOLICA (i)E SEMINARi|$ hTQUE STUDIORUM INSTITUTIS) (Hic PROT. N, 355/93 humerus in responsione referatur) Your Excellency, Rome, December 7, 1993 is to acknowledge receipt of that portion of your quinquennial report for COncerning Catholic Education, forwarded to us by the Congregation for Bishops. grateful to you for the information offered us in the report. While outlining the very Catholic schools, it also bears witness to the high regard in which those in Evansville. the attention which the diocese has devoted to many important as- education over the past five years, denoting an increasing perception of the Catholic school as an integral part of the catechetical and pastoral In particular, we have appreciated the total parish stewardship pro- Provide tuition-free schooling in three elementary schools, the emphasis on and Parent-Teacher organizations, the special support given to the two schools and the efforts to maintain a good working relationship with the public order to ensure the provision of state and federally funded services to students eligi- of the economic problems facing your schools today, we were pleased to they are receiving from community and business leaders. As Your Excel- out, this is a valuable source not only of financial assistance, but also of con- through the insights and suggestions which committed lay Catholics can 'i:talwrd of admiration and encouragement, finally, to all your Catholic teachers and go sharLers, to whose unfailing dedication to their daily tasks and responsibilities is due a .enjQy " .ae credit for the high renutation which your Catholic school system continues Ill] " " ask "- , o_ the de,,^, God to sustain them in their daily endeavors to combine academic excellence "Pel raes;:Pment of faith m their students, through an inspiring transmission of the ge of creation, redemption and salvation. dteh, Your Excellency every blessing for the years ahead, we thank you for your report Yours sincerely in Christ, , D'O'W,N.T.O.W. N ' ' VINCENNEs, IN 47501 iiii i i Hi-Tech Sheet Metal Inc. Residential, Industrial & Commercial Heating & Cooling Installation Sales & Service [422-9242] Operated by Michael and Patricia Koch 15 S. Third Avenue, Evansville : :  : ::i     : ..... .... ii 1 liil I,]i il ........ i rTI13l I] .... II (00.LOW BECHER & KLUESNER FUNERAL HOME Downtown Chapel, 214 E 7th North Chapel, 33rd Newton itl v i KREMPP LUMBER CO. WHOLESALE BUILDING MATERIAL DIS- TRIBUTION & GENERAL CONTRACTING YARD CONSTRUCTION 482-1961 482-6939 i JASPER LUMBER CO. COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE Ph: 482o1125 RT. 4, JASPER Sen. Johnson: State tax effort must be improved By COLEEN WILLIAMS Indiana Catholic Conference "Tax restructuring is going to come at some point" in Indi- ana, State Senator Steven Johnson said to members of the Indiana Catholic Confer- ence (ICC) Friday, Dec. 10. "The difficulty will be defining how state government can ulti- mately change the tax struc- ture." Sen. Johnson, R-Kokomo, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, empha- sized that in defining tax pol- icy, "you must have a sense of equity" which includes justice and balance. Sen. Johnson and Senate Minority (Democrat) Fiscal An- alyst Shah Towfighi spoke about state tax reform at a din- ner at the Archbishop O'Meara Catholic Center in Indianapo- lis for the ICC Board of Direc- tors and Advisory Council. The ICC Board of Directors consists of the bishops of Indiana and one lay person from each dio- cese. The Advisory Council in- cludes four persons from each diocese. Sen. Johnson said that the state's purpose for collecting taxes is primarily for public ed- ucation and social welfare. "It is difficult to change the system," said Sen. Johnson, "because vested interests have developed" in those areas which receive money from taxes. Sen. Johnson stressed that Indiana's effort needs to be im- proved. "Indiana is not behind in taxing, but effectively col- lecting what [it] can collect without damaging the econ- omy," he said. The state also needs to communicate that ef- fectiveness to its citizens. "Peo- ple pay [their taxes[, but they do not perceive the benefit," said Sen. Johnson. "People need to know that the govern- ment can be effective in provid- ing services." Shah Towfighi presented several details of the state's economic status and stressed the inadequacy and inequity of ii SINCE 1888 Schum Monuments, Inc. DALE, INDIANA 937-4921 Unco Coffee Services Total Beverage Distributor Indiana - Illinois - Kentucky 46 Varieties of Coffees and Teas WHATEVF.R YOUR TASTE, - 'WF. C,M MATCH IT ------,'f Evanille 422-1833 m i state taxes. The fiscal analyst spoke in place of Sen. Michael Gery, D-West Lafayette, who was unable to attend the din- ner. "I am a little more pes- simistic than Sen. Johnson," said Towfighi. "The budget en- acted on June 30 left for the current biennium $248 million in reserve, the lowest in the past 10 to 15 years." Governor Bayh implemented a deficit re- duction plan, which cut spend- ing by $182 million during the biennium, in response to the low reserves. Towfighi said Indiana's rev- enue is inadequate. "Since FY 91, elementary and secondary education funding increase is barely keeping pace with the inflation rate," he said. "Non- Medicaid appropriations for health and human services has remained flat while demand has increased tremendously." The 1993 administrative cuts add to this problem, he said. Towfighi believes the overall atmosphere in Indiana is not ready for major tax reform at any time soon, but, "The state cannot continue to rely on "ac- counting glitches" such as fig- uring in earlier corporate tax filing dates and riverboat gam- bling to pass budgets. Indiana's tax system is in- equitable and regressive, indi- cated Towfighi. Low-income Hoosiers pay a higher propor- tion of their income in state and local taxes than persons with higher incomes. Individ- ual income taxes provide up to 40 percent of state funds, he said. Corporate income tax and other smaller tax revenues have declined to only 20 per- cent of the state general fund. 464-5991 IJl IIIII I I[ T F s Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 [[ |[[[ [ |[ [ [[ [ [ [[ I I I 1111 I II m 111 ,  _ II/_ AUTO TOPS. SEAT COVERS. BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER i ] i i i iii ii ] iii ilrllll i I i i i i i i