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Governor Not Ruling Out Increase

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. Bob Taft said that he's not ruling out a tax increase if Ohio's budget continues to unravel.

The Republican said that he's not ready to rule in or rule out an across-the board increase. Four years ago, Taft (pictured, above) told voters that he would not seek a broad-based tax increase without a vote of the people. He's held that line in three-and-a-half years as governor.

Democrat Tim Hagan said that Taft isn't being square with voters.

Hagan said that Taft should tell voters how he will fix a possible deficit in the budget for the next fiscal year.

Taft and the Legislature have plugged holes in the current two-year spending plan that total $3.4 billion.

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