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Ohio State Government November 5, 2002 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Lt 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 do you plan to help the governor in resolving the school funding issue?

Answer from Sadie Stewart:

Dr. Eastman will eliminate the costly programs that have proven to be ineffective and thereby free up monies for education. One example is the state prison system. The root causes of crime have already been identified by numerous commissions and other social /academic studies. Yet, most of the state budget is spent incarcerating criminals. As part of an incoming administration that must evaluate each and every program, my background in the Criminal justice system (see above) gives me unique qualifications, which I would use to make recommendations to the governor in that area.

Answer from Jennette Bradley:

As Lt. Governor, I will be a full partner in the Taft Administration and will be available to help on any issue that is a priority # including the school funding.

Governor Taft has done much for primary and secondary education funding in Ohio. Since taking office, Governor Taft has enacted record of levels of spending for primary and secondary education, increasing state aid to schools by nearly 40 percent. Additionally, under Governor Taft's school building initiative, Ohio spends $2 million a day to build and improve school buildings. We will build on the Governor's record of accomplishment in education.

Answer from Charleta B. Tavares:

I would work to implement the Supreme Court decision, rather than fighting it with endless appeals. Work to bring the Ohio budget crisis under control, talking with Ohio's citizens to explain the problems and the possible solutions. Without a balanced and fiscally accountable budget, nothing else we would like to accomplish will be possible. Within the demands of a balanced budget, work to implement our proposed property tax relief program to respond to the DeRolph decision and to address the increasing property tax bills that burden Ohio's seniors and working families.

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.

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