Issue 2

Ohio’s new law that slashes the power of public employee unions has sparked one of the most bitter debates in modern Ohio history. Voters now have the chance to endorse it or kill it when they vote on state issue 2. Yesterday, statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen recalled for us how this measure got onto the ballot. Today, in part 2 of his wrap-up series, we hear pro and con arguments on some of the new law’s many provisions.

Some call it a common sense law to control government labor costs and help over-burdened taxpayers. Others call it an attack on public employees, unions, and the whole middle class. Both sides are talking about the same thing: State Issue 2. It’s on the ballot so voters can either endorse or kill the new collective bargaining law that Republicans pushed through the legislature. Part one of a two part series from Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen.

In this week's PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler. She interviewed the Ohio Democratic Party leader, Chris Redfern, and the Republican leader, Kevin DeWine. They discussed their views on Issue 2, the ballot referendum on collective bargaining in the state. DeWine and Redfern touch on the Republican proposed congressional district map and the Democrats effort to repeal it on next year's ballot. Kasler also reports on the campaign finance report released this week regarding spending on Issue 2 and what the numbers mean.

The union-backed group pushing for the repeal of Ohio's new collective bargaining law has spent more than $17.3 million in the fight and has another $4.3 million on hand heading into the Nov. 8 election.

Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show We Are Ohio has raised a $19 million from July to mid-October. The coalition wants to overturn the law, which bans strikes by public worker and restricts their collective bargaining rights.

A new poll ahead of next month's election finds growing opposition to an Ohio law limiting the bargaining
rights of 350,000 public sector workers.

A Quinnipiac University Poll taken Oct. 17-23 found 57 percent of registered voters support repealing Senate Bill
5, compared with 32 percent who support the law Republican Gov. John Kasich signed in March. The margin opposing the law has almost doubled since Quinnipiac's Sept. 27 poll.

Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau's Bill Cohen speaks to Emily McCord about the three issues on the state ballot this election. Issue 1 would raise the retirement age of judges from 70 to 75. Issue 2 is the referendum on the collective bargaining bill, and Issue 3 would exempt Ohioans from parts of the federal health care law. Cohen breaks down what the bills mean and what's at stake should they pass.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A group of Ohio business executives is urging voters to uphold a new state law that places restrictions on public employee unions.

The Ohio Business Roundtable is endorsing Issue 2 on the November ballot, urging a yes vote to affirm what it calls "reasonable and common sense reforms." The group says the changes will help local communities manage finances and deliver services without raising taxes. It says localities face fiscal challenges it attributes primarily to the cost of labor agreements.

There have been a lot of discussions that seem to be happening behind the scenes about how to get this resolved before this goes to the ballot to voters in about 80 or so days, in a little over 2 months. There was some talk about how some republican leaders were trying to get union leaders to deal with this.