Voinovich wary of move to cut taxes

Friday, December 4, 1998

Enquirer Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- Gov. George Voinovich, who will take over Sen. John Glenn's seat in January, said Thursday he is reluctant to support tax cuts anytime soon.

It was one of two major issues where he outlined views that could put him at odds with Republican leaders.

"As candid as possible, I don't see how you can talk about cutting taxes and deal with shoring up Social Security, meeting the budget agreement and doing these other things that need to be done," Mr. Voinovich said.

He met with reporters after completing three days of orientation to his new Senate seat.

The budget agreement refers to the 1997 budget law that set out strict guidelines for spending and revenues into the next century. Tax cuts have proven a popular mantra for more conservative Republicans in the Senate and House, including many members of the GOP leadership.

When asked if Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott was aware of his views on tax cuts, Mr. Voinovich said, "I don't know."

Mr. Voinovich said Congress and the administration need to work together to shore up Social Security. He suggested a panel or commission.

He said there are also pressing defense spending needs that will have to be addressed.

"You can't do it all," he said.

Mr. Voinovich expressed another difference with Senate Republican leaders when he called for passing substantial campaign finance reform legislation.

"Our position should not be to maintain the status quo," he said.

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