Nation: THE NUMBERS GAME: Sums for Slums

WHILE they may disagree on nearly everything else, the experts who diagnose the nation's urban ills agree that more—much more—federal money is needed if.the U.S. is ever to cope effectively with the problems of the slums. How much more? No one can say for sure. Incredibly, in the age of computerized government, the Administration cannot even offer a reasonably accurate accounting of the amount it is spending now to alleviate the malaise of the central cities.

Testifying before a Senate committee last year, then Attorney General Nicholas deB. Katzenbach officially put Government spending in the cities at $14.7 billion. In the same...

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