PLS 323-01

*** Midterm review ***

30 Questions on midterm, NEXT THURSDAY

  • 20 mult choice
  • 10 short answer
  • can choose 5 q’s for double credit!
  • today is last day for exam material
  • Lausche
  • O’Neill
  • DeSalle
  • Rhodes 1st 2 terms
  • 50% of test is about governors!
  • State of OH: 3 of them
    • budget
    • Moyer tribute
    • education race to the top
  • DDN
    • March 31 budget
    • fed. stim $$$ (rail)
    • 4/25 tea party test
  • Current events
  • apportionment board

*** End review ***

CA Prop. 13eliminated property tax

  • all 50 states used to have surpluses in 50’s
  • now only 3 states have state budget surplus: ND, WY, ??
  • 20 states increased taxes
  • 17 states have tapped “rainy day fund” since 1999
    • used for education
    • capital outlays

How OH deals with deficit under Strickland:

  • reduced size of govt by eliminating unfilled positions (no $$ change)
  • hiring freeze, even for some unfilled positions
  • early retirement program (short-term cost, long-term gain)
  • accepted stimulus $$$
    • one-time cash: use to fund ongoing expenses
  • expand gambling

long-term structural problem: OH went from manufacturing to service economy, how to adjust state revenue?

  • add sales tax to services in state?
  • tax e-commerce?
  • reduced property values, so property taxes revenue falls
  • reduced employment reduces payroll tax revenue

Gov. Rhodes

  • Rhodes College
  • first 2 terms: 62-70
  • last to preside over growth & expansion
  • longest serving gov. in OH history, 4 4-yr terms
  • from Portsmouth
  • mayor of Cols
  • created “water gun diplomacy”
    • Central city will only provide municipal H2O only if suburbs annex
    • annexation grew Cols to near county borders
  • called up Nat’l Guard 44 times (various)
    • includes Kent State
  • “Jobs & Progress” 16-year campaign slogan, also “No New Taxes”
  • Social problems
    • believed jobs were a panacea for everything
    • reversed social spending, believed in jobs instead
    • build build build, bonded indebtedness
    • strongly believed in community college system
    • every county has an airport
    • no partisan “wedge issues
    • first state symbol
    • tomato juice
    • promoted state fair
  • bridge over Erie to Canada; who knew nothing about it
  • “Rhodes’ Raiders” very competitive in locating facilities in OH
  • first “International” governor
    • went to China
    • landed Honda plant
  • Black marks
    • May 4 1970, Kent State shootings
    • neglected MRDD issues
    • support for pub education fell from 40% DiSalle to 30% Rhodes
    • no interest in environmentalism
      • Cuyahoga river caught fire
      • Erie toxic waste
    • commuted death sentence of Youngstown mob boss (murder)
    • declared for US Senate in last year of term
      • primary: ran against Bob Taft Sr.
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