Gov. John Kasich is expected to attend a Nov. 3 rally in Independence to support Issue 2, the governor's plan to reform collective bargaining for public workers.
The rally, organized by Pro-Issue 2 group Building a Better Ohio, is set to begin at 5 p.m. at the Independence Civic Center.
Issue 2 is by far facing Ohio voters on Nov. 8. Debate over the collective-bargaining law also known as Senate Bill 5 has engulfed Kasich's first year in office and received national attention.
In the run-up to the vote, Kasich has been attending rallies to talk about Issue 2.
Supporters of the bill argue that it will help governments better control costs, therefore saving jobs and keeping taxes down.
But opponents believe Senate Bill 5 is an attack on unions and the middle class and say the reforms will only undermine government's ability to do its job.
Here's what Kasich said in an e-mail blast announcing the event:
Ohio is on the path to recovery and along with legislative leaders, my administration has been moving fast to balance our state budget, reduce job-killing regulations and pass reasonable reforms to get spending under control.
On the ballot [on Nov. 8], State Issue 2 gives local governments the tools to balance their budgets by asking that public employees pay at least 15% towards their healthcare (most Ohioans pay at least 31%) and 10% towards their guaranteed pensions.
Is that really unreasonable?
Your participation in this rally will send a signal that we’re serious about fighting to move Ohio in a new direction, toward accountability and fairness.
Patch will be there covering the event, so stay tuned for more later.