Two weeks from tomorrow Ohio voters will go to the polls and one of the most important decisions they will have to make once they enter the polling booth is whether to vote "Yes" or "No" on Issue 2. Issue 2 is the ballot measure that concerns Ohio Senate Bill 5, the legislation enacted earlier this year that among other things limits the collective bargaining rights of public employees. If a majority of voters vote "No" on Issue 2 then Senate Bill 5 will be repealed. If a majority of voters vote "Yes" on Issue 2 the law will remain in force.
Ohio Governor John Kasich has argued from the onset of his administration that public spending is out of control and that limiting certain collective bargaining rights of unionized public workers is key to reducing the budget deficits of both state and local governments.
Dan Wagner, President of the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association, is urging citizens to vote "No" on Issue 2. "We can't be the only ones to blame here, because we have given back $21 million and the city still can't budget its finances there's a problem on the other side and it's not the unions," Mr. Wagner said.
Alan Cox is President of AFSCME Local 2058, which represents over 200 city employees. His union's contract with the city expires next spring which means the stakes are high for his memers. He is disappointed by the commercials running on radio and television and is hoping that Tuesday's debate in Columbus will be forthcoming. "I hope that they will be honest about some of the facts that they aren't being honest about," Mr. Cox said.
The Issue 2 debate taking place in Columbus will be broadcast live on WNWO Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.
To read more about the efforts to keep Ohio Senate Bill 5 in place log onto www.betterohio.org.