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Ohio State Government November 5, 2002 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Governor; State of Ohio

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and asked of all candidates for this office.

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1. How would you maximize utilization of Federal Funds to benefit Ohioans?

Answer from John Eastman:

Federal funds originate from taxes paid by Ohio residents so we must ensure that Ohio receives all funding for which we are eligible. Federal funds generally come earmarked for specific purposes. For maximum utilization of these funds, we must minimize bureaucratic and administrative waste and distribute resources where they are most needed without political favoritism. Wherever possible, discretionary funds should be used as seed money to empower local communities in partnership with local business to solve problems within their communities, and to revitalize local communities so they can tackle issues for themselves.

Answer from Bob Taft:

One of my top federal priorities is to receive more of Ohio's gas tax dollars from the federal government. We currently receive about 90 percent of what we send, but we need more to ensure that our highways are safe. I will continue to lobby Congress and the White House aggressively on this issue.

Answer from Timothy F. Hagan:

My administration will stop the shipment of Ohio's federal dollars to other states - Ohio's hard-working families pay federal taxes and they deserve their fair share of the benefits. Ohio ranks 34th in its share of federal funds - in short we ship more money to the federal treasury than we get back. We will also guarantee affordable training opportunities for all workers seeking to upgrade their education and skill level by drawing down all available federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds. We will also seek millions of available federal health care dollars for children.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. Word limits for answers are 100 words for each question. Words over the limit will be cut off in published information. Direct references to opponents are not permitted.

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily.

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