From 2000-2010, Ohio lost 595,200 private industry jobs, faring better than only Michigan and California. In 2010 the state had the 7th-highest tax burden and 47th-best business climate. Although Governor Kasich has been working since January to get Ohio back on track, the forces of statism are deeply entrenched.
As public record proves, many of these folks get rich portraying big government as a moral imperative:
You have a chance right now to help a Midwestern swing state escape leftist control! Two Ohio ballot measures up for a vote on Tuesday deserve the full support of conservatives nationwide.
Issue 3 represents an unprecedented citizen-driven effort; its passage would amend the state constitution to block Obamacare's individual mandate in Ohio. Conventional wisdom is that Issue 3 will pass, but efforts to kill Issue 2 may claim Issue 3 as collateral damage. If conservative Ohioans stay home Tuesday, union propaganda could prevent a repudiation of Obamacare.
Issue 2 has been the focus of a $30 million smear campaign, with an alphabet soup of unions framing government union reform as an "attack on The Middle Class." There are many reasons to support Issue 2, but the best is also the simplest: Issue 2 restores a little power from union bosses to taxpayers.
Ohio's status quo ensures that unions - instead of our elected officials - set the rules of public employment. Public wages are garnished for union propaganda and professional agitators' pockets, while taxpayers are demonized over any effort to restrain spending. Their own employees describe Ohio union bosses as "rife with hypocrisy," but $30 million buries a whole lot of dirt!
Far from theoretical, Ohio's need for reform is rooted in fiscal urgency. Based on forecasts prior to Kasich's election, 260 Ohio school districts will have deficits amounting to more than $500 per resident by 2015. Passing Issue 2 would ensure fewer layoffs, fewer tax hikes, fewer service cuts... as well as fewer six-figure union salaries. Any questions as to why AFL-CIO, NEA, AFSCME, and SEIU are dumping millions into a state ballot issue?
Like the broken law Issue 2 amends, I've been part of Ohio since 1983. Will you help me do good where decades of bureaucracy have done so much harm? Will you encourage Ohioans to free themselves from President Obama's terrible policies and dishonest financiers?
Citizens of the Buckeye State, vote Yes on Issue 2 and Yes on Issue 3. Everyone else, please help counter union lies on your social media network of choice!
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Cross-posted at that hero and Third Base Politics.