Opponents of the reforms in Issue 2 blame busted local budgets on the way Governor Kasich handled the $8 billion deficit Ted Strickland left behind. In effect, government union bosses who thrive on a broken status quo insist the problem is too little spending. Like all leftists who decry spending cuts, union bosses want to raise our taxes.

For proof, consider Ohio school districts’ five-year forecasts from October 2010. Based on papered-over Strickland state figures – before Governor Kasich was even elected – districts projected major shortfalls by 2015. If we vote down Issue 2, how will local leaders cover these deficits? Layoffs, higher taxes, program cuts… choose any combination of the three.

Without Senate Bill 5, every resident of these Ohio school districts would have to pay between $1200 and $1500 in 2015 to cover the deficits forecast last fall:

Lakewood Local School District
$1,498

Princeton City School District
$1,383

Upper Scioto Valley Local School District
$1,376

Hudson City School District
$1,368

Avon Lake City School District
$1,345

St. Marys City School District
$1,333

Osnaburg Local School District
$1,314

Maple Heights City School District
$1,293

Berlin-Milan Local School District
$1,292

Nordonia Hills City School District
$1,283

Russia Local School District
$1,276

Huber Heights City School District
$1,273

Northmont City School District
$1,273

Valley View Local School District
$1,266

Bradford Exempted Village School District
$1,262

Southwest Licking Local School District
$1,260

Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District
$1,251

Oakwood City School District
$1,249

North Olmsted City School District
$1,242

Medina City School District
$1,240

Beachwood City School District
$1,213

In 2010, more than 450 Ohio school districts forecast deficits amounting to more than $100 per resident by 2015. These 21 districts aren’t even the worst examples!

Unfortunately for Ohio union bosses, heated rhetoric won’t melt mathematical reality. With your Yes vote on Issue 2, you can make it easier for school districts throughout state to address deficits without raising taxes, reducing services, or firing teachers.

Get the facts behind the anti-reform smear campaign, check out county-by-county school district forecasts, and then vote Yes on Issue 2!

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Cross-posted at that hero.