January 12^ 1959
COLUMBUS, OHIO 4;3211
I congratulate you^ tlie members of the 103rd
General Assecably^ upon your election« It was . twenty years ago that I canieto this Legislature, The twelve years I served as a iDe'tuber of the House ware among the roost enjoyable of the twenty years I have spent in public life.
You have a very great opportunity for worth¬ while and constructive public service« Yoii are faced in this session with exceedingly important and coitiplex pro- bleifls The solution of these problems is not di.fficult to find J but often the adoption of the solution is tortuoas and fratjght with pitfalls^*
Your chief problems in this session will be in the field of fioance*
Ohio is in an extre^iBely fortunate financial posi-- tioo when compared to the industrial states of New York^ Pennsylvania and Michigan« Each of these states has pre¬ sently a huge deficit^ counted in the hundreds of iDiilicns of dollars a
Although Ohio^s position is strong^ a3 compared