PLS 323-01

Rhodes 2nd 8 years

  • 1974-82
  • good at governing growth, not good with decline
  • 2nd term was in decline
  • income tax did not make up job/population losses & shortfalls
  • “jobs & progress,” “no new taxes”
  • elected with small majority
  • proposed bonds for construction
  • “Blueprint for OH”
    • state office towers in every major city
    • cancer treatment center in every community
    • surgery centers
    • senior citizen centers
    • largest bond proposal ever ($5.1B interest/30yr.)
    • Celeste led opposition after being told to sit down & shut up for 4 years
    • defeated 4:1
    • Rhodes vetoed collective bargaining issues (teachers/cops/fire)
    • froze property taxes vs. real estate appreciation
      • killed school funding
    • rolled back Gilligan’s social legislation
  • Dem legislature
  • 6-Day War
    • Gilligan rammed through Dem legislation packages before inaug.
    • included congressional redistricting favorable to Dems
    • pro-union laws
    • SecState Ted Brown(R), delayed all acts that passed by not certifying
    • Vern Riffe (Speaker) signed off instead
    • Gilligan signed after Rhodes’ inaug., voided by SupCt.
  • last election where Gov/Lt.Gov could be different parties
  • Lt.Gov Celeste (D)
  • 76, Dems had vet0-proof legislature
  • OPEC embargo
    • Rhodes called in Natl Guard, closed schools
    • limited hours of electricity usage for retailers
    • Rhodes demanded people set thermostats 65deg. daytime, 55deg. night
    • all unnecessary lighting off
    • blamed Carter for embargo
  • acid rain/coal pollution
  • Celeste runs against Rhodes
  • 78 election
    • school funding key issue
      • Celeste: funding commission
      • Rhodes: keep cutting until surplus, then invest in schools
    • Rhodes won by 49k votes
    • Lt.Gov was CLV mayor (Voino, treated just as badly as Celeste)
  • rolled back all of Gilligan’s acts
  • state service fees were increased instead of taxes
  • 1980, supported tax increases
    • sin taxes
  • 1982, raised income tax 50% called it “temp surcharge”
  • 1982 election Celeste(D) v. Clarence Brown(R)
  • Springer hooker scandal
    • apologized to every single household in Cinci in person, door to door
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