Governor Taft Starts New Term

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Monday, January 13, 2003 - 06:14 AM
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Governor Bob Taft was sworn in for a second term this morning. The 61-year-old republican and Lieutenant Governor Jennette Bradley, took the official oath of office at midnight in a ceremony at the Governor’s residence in suburban Columbus. The swearing-in was conducted by Chief Justice Thomas Moyer of the Ohio Supreme Court and will be repeated again this morning. Bradley became the nations first black woman to sever as Lieutenant Governor. Taft faces vastly different challenges than when he first took office four years ago. Back then, Ohio was still recording healthy tax receipts and state government was in the black. This year, Ohio is facing its third budget deficit in two years and Taft is preparing to sell two sets of tax increase to lawmakers.

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