Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Gov. Ted Strickland blocked a tax increase in the new state budget with a vengeance that angered much of his democratic base, opting instead to open the doors to slots-style gambling at ohio's horse tracks.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Strickland said it's not that he doesn't believe in taxes, but he believes that taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.
Thinking strickland opposes all tax increases on principle would be a mistake. The governor's positions on taxes have fluctuated with both the policy and the political landscapes over the years.
In 1993, when Strickland was a congressman representing Appalachia, he favored the federal tax increase to pay for President Clinton's ill-fated health care reforms.
In 2006, he faced anti-tax conservative Ken Blackwell in the race for Governor and spoke out against raising taxes.
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