Government: Changing Small to Not At All

Changing Small to Not At All

President Reagan's past two budgets have recommended the abolition of the Small Business Administration. Since Congress has so far refused to go along, the Administration may now be trying to dismantle the $680 million-a-year agency from inside. A new Reagan appointee, Charles Heatherly, 43, became acting SBA administrator on April 1. In his first day on the job he fired half of the SBA's ten regional administrators in what has been called the April Fool's Day Massacre. Two other dismissals quickly followed. An archconservative, Heatherly wants to fill the vacancies with people who share the Administration's commitment to rid the SBA...

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