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Republican OH Governor:
Bob Taft on the Issues

Bob Taft on Abortion

No stance on record.

Bob Taft on Budget & Economy

  • Keep budget balanced without new taxes; hold spending. (Jan 2001)
  • Let state meat inspection suffice for interstate shipments. (Jul 2000)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)

Bob Taft on Civil Rights

  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)

Bob Taft on Corporations

No stance on record.

Bob Taft on Crime

  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)

Bob Taft on Drugs

  • Enact more laws to fight methamphetamines. (Jan 2001)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)

Bob Taft on Education

  • Implement system of standards, assessments & accountability. (Jan 2001)
  • Ohio’s success depends on keeping education as #1 priority. (Jan 2001)
  • Called for 20,000 reading tutors; program is succeeding. (Jan 2001)

Bob Taft on Energy & Oil

  • Project THAW: $250 for home heating oil costs. (Jan 2001)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)

Bob Taft on Environment

  • Replace MTBE in gasoline with cleaner ethanol. (May 2000)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)

Bob Taft on Families & Children

  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)

Bob Taft on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Bob Taft on Free Trade

  • Grant fast-track authority to the President. (Nov 1999)

Bob Taft on Government Reform

  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)

Bob Taft on Gun Control

No stance on record.

Bob Taft on Health Care

  • Golden Buckeye Card for senior Rx discounts. (Jan 2001)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits. (Oct 1999)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)

Bob Taft on Homeland Security

No stance on record.

Bob Taft on Immigration

  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (Oct 1999)

Bob Taft on Jobs

  • Full review of farm policy; more state flexibility. (May 2001)
  • State instead of federal rules for animal operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Immediate federal assistance for farm crisis. (Sep 1999)

Bob Taft on Local Issues

No stance on record.

Bob Taft on Principles & Values

  • Religious affiliation: Methodist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Midwestern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)

Bob Taft on Social Security

  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)

Bob Taft on Tax Reform

  • 3-year tax holiday for high-tech start-ups. (Jan 2001)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)

Bob Taft on War & Peace

  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)

Bob Taft on Welfare & Poverty

  • Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance. (May 2000)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)