And more importantly, what they intend to do if elected.
The Columbus-based U.S. Sportsman's Alliance has taken at least some of the guesswork out of the process. It contacted several of the candidates from each party who are seeking to replace the term-limited Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Along with the Alliance in developing the questionnaire were several of the state's pro-sportsmen organizations. This is the full text of the Alliance's Q&A with the responses proving interesting reading. If for no other reason than because most are 180-degree departures from what the Kasich Administration has been promoting now for almost either years.
If there is any point you'd find me disagreeing with both the candidate and the Alliance-backed group it is the final point. That one suggests allowing the Ohio Division of Wildlife to set "incremental increases" to hunting and fishing licenses fees. With the approval of the powerful but little known and hardly answerable to the public.
Brother talk about allowing the fox to guard the hen house. The present system of the Ohio General Assembly debating and determining taxes (and hunting and fishing license fees ARE taxes) is not perfect. That said, such a system does hold both the General Assembly and any executive administrative accountable for either raising fees or deciding to keep them as they are.
Seriously, would Ohio be better off if every other license fee, tax, charge be decided by bureaucrats, cartels of special interests, or a small cadre of politicians? No, I really do not think so. In fact, the very idea scares the bejabbers out of me.
In any event, here is the Alliance's Q&A: