One thing William G. Batchelder won't allow as Ohio's new Speaker of the House: Higher taxes. The Medina Republican who was first elected to the legislature in 1968 is in league with Gov. John Kasich on that matter. Ohio will need to cut spending to balance its books. But what will be cut and by how much? Batchelder has been through bloody budget battles before. Can he draw on his decades of political experience to build consensus?
William G. Batchelder, R-Medina, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives