Gov. Bob Taft signed a bill Monday that spells out a plan to spend $763 million in tobacco settlement money but also places a cap on future state-agency spending.In the last couple of episodes of West Wing, there is a crisis involving Russia and China. President Bartlett and President-Elect Santos play a little good cop/bad cop by having Santos "leak" that he isn't happy with the way Bartlett is handling the situation. The strategery in play there was that the two sides would get a "better deal" with Bartlett than they would with Santos.
The spending limit proposal moved swiftly through the Republican-dominated General Assembly last month and helped to persuade GOP candidate for governor Ken Blackwell to back away from a more sweeping plan that had become a political liability for him.
Blackwell initially proposed a constitutional amendment to cap spending for state and local governments. He settled for a limit on state spending that will be in statute, not the constitution.
Is the Ohio Republican Party that clever?