By MAX FILBY
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor says Ohio leaders want to keep their distance from the politics and policies of Washington, D.C.
“I’m sorry Bob (Latta), but we don’t want the dysfunction they have in Washington,” Taylor told the U.S. representative on Monday.
Taylor spoke at the Lincoln Day Dinner, a fundraising event hosted by Hancock County Republicans, at the Agency on Aging in Findlay. U.S. Rep. Latta, R-Bowling Green, also attended.
Gov. John Kasich and Taylor are up for re-election this year, and so is Latta.
About 100 people attended the dinner, despite bad weather.
“It’s great to be back here in Findlay, but will someone please turn off the snow machine?” Taylor said.
The lieutenant governor said some members of the media refer to her as the state’s “harshest critic of Obamacare.” Taylor said she liked the title.
“I hate to use the word disaster unless it’s for real disasters, but it’s a failed idea, a failed policy,” Taylor said. “It’s bad for Ohio.”
While Taylor criticized the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Kasich has supported an expansion of Medicaid under the law. In October, the state Controlling Board approved the expansion by a 5-2 vote. Kasich described the expansion as a “positive step.”
On Monday, Taylor listed some of the accomplishments of the Kasich-Taylor administration, including a 50 percent income tax cut for small businesses and the elimination of the estate tax in Ohio.
“We did it, we killed the death tax,” she said.
Taylor said she and Kasich must continue to encourage a business-friendly environment in Ohio.
“We have to encourage a business climate here in Ohio,” she said.
Taylor reflected on her earlier time as state auditor and as a state representative, saying she refused to do what other Republicans wanted her to do in 2003 — raise taxes.
“I told them that I didn’t come to Columbus to do that,” she said. “I wasn’t going to raise them.”
Taylor said she knows Republican voters will do what is needed this November, now that “Ohio is back on the right path.”
Rep. Latta agreed with Taylor in a short speech, saying that Ohioans need to vote for Republicans down the line in November.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do and we need to make sure that we turn out in other counties, too,” Latta said. “We need to go from the courthouse to the Statehouse to the White House.”
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