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- Eliminate the Ohio income tax by fiscal 2013
- Cut state spending by 40%
- Immediately stop all state borrowing
- Sell the Ohio Turnpike, the state universities, the Bureau of Workers Compensation, and all state parks and lands
- Allow video slots at horse racing tracks
- Reduce the prison population by 25,000 inmates
Mr. Matesz's plan needs some tweaking; but again, at least it is a plan, and he deserves credit for formulating a solution to Ohio's toughest challenge. True leadership requires us as citizens to accept that the solution to a problem may be hard to take -- but will greatly benefit us later.
"Neither of my high-dollar, special-interest-supported opponents is prepared to make the tough choices that will position Ohio to become the freest, most business friendly, most family friendly and most productive state in the union," he said...
He added, "We don't need a few more decades of Democrats and Republicans with the same policies that got us to where we are today. There really is no difference between the policies of Kasich and Strickland. Both of them are big government politicians, big spenders, who continue to offer no real solutions."
As I wrote in an earlier headline, Mr. Matesz has laid down the gauntlet. Will either of his opponents pick it up?
Remember, the lesser of two evils is still evil. Ohio needs solutions, not spin.