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Grass-roots tax revolts grow

They were attractive Democratic candidates who easily captured the crucial states of Ohio and Michigan, succeeding retiring Republican Governors. Their wins last fall were viewed by nervous G.O.P. strategists as a grim signal to Ronald Reagan and his economic programs.

But now Ohio's Richard Celeste and Michigan's James Blanchard are in trouble over their own economic programs. Although they sidestepped the issue of tax hikes during the campaign, both new Governors quickly made taxes a top priority in order to combat their states' mounting budget deficits. Blanchard estimated Michigan's deficit at $900 million, and Celeste projected a $528...

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