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This week on "The State of Ohio": A state representative suddenly passes away, leaving lawmakers in shock. A national political party chooses Ohio for its convention - but it's probably not the party you think it is. And two groups are hoping to put two very different questions about voting laws before the voters
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Cleveland economist and professor says he'll run for governor as a libertarian.
By Bill Cohen - August 12, 2005
When Ohioans vote for a new governor next year, they will have more than just a Republican and Democrat to choose from. They will also have a Libertarian; someone who believes that taxes and government should be slashed. Bill Peirce is a professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve University, and the economics expert says he’s decided to take the plunge into politics because the people he calls “professional” politicians have messed up Ohio’s economy by letting government grow too big. Peirce figures all the negative publicity about statehouse scandals is attracting more voters to the Libertarian Party. Assuming his supporters gather at least 5,000 petition signatures, Bill Peirce’s name will be on the gubernatorial ballot, listed as an independent. The Libertarians would eventually like to wipe out the state income tax, Ohio’s new commercial activity tax and several other taxes. They contend many services and programs that the government offers are unnecessary, and if citizens could keep more of their own money instead of paying taxes to the government, everyone would be in better financial shape.
Bill Peirce with Bill Cohen (3:32)


 
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