Ohio ex-governor turns 90, keeps strong opinions

CINCINNATI (AP) - Former Ohio Gov. John Gilligan turns 90 this week and isn't letting age dampen his strong opinions about the state's income tax, the current administration and other topics.

The Democrat tells The Columbus Dispatch he thinks new Republican Gov. John Kasich's administration is taking the wrong approach with tax cuts and other moves.

Gilligan was governor in the early 1970s and introduced the income tax, which Kasich has talked about eliminating.

Gilligan says he'd close Ohio's massive deficit through a mix of spending cuts and tax increases if he were in charge.

The newspaper reports Kasich defended his budget proposal and declined to respond to Gilligan's criticism Friday. He said he doesn't know Gilligan but would call him to say happy birthday.

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