Kasich Set to Attend Pro-Issue 2 Event in Northeast Ohio

Gov. John Kasich is expected to attend the Nov. 3 rally being organized by the Southeast Republican Club.

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.


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JIM H. November 01, 2011 at 08:08 PM
You failed to report that this " Rally " is by invitation only! It is not open to the Public; as free speech may well be his next Target! Kind of like locking Citizens out of the Statehouse............
Robert Arnold November 01, 2011 at 09:15 PM
Typical Kasich - NO TRANSPARENCY. "Get on the bus, or get run over is his motto." This guy does not care about the average citizen. Calls policemen "Idiots". Wants to sell the Turnpike to out-of-state investors. Lets an executive order expire that would have saved 17 Bengal tigers from being slaughtered. Pathetic.
Cheryl November 02, 2011 at 12:44 AM
Sorry, "Gov" .... took the kiddies out on Halloween night. The "fright" is on you. LOTS & LOTS of signs out there that say "VOTE NO ON ISSUE 2" !!!!!
Peter Grossetti November 02, 2011 at 05:07 AM
John Kasich is trying making a national name for himself at the expense of Ohio citizens ... with the hope of landing the VP job on the 2012 GOP Presidential candidate's ticket.
Earl Elevant November 02, 2011 at 08:27 AM
Paying 15% of healthcare isn't unreasonable. Paying *AT LEAST* 15% with no cap *IS* unreasonable. Cities will be very quick to approach making their employees pay 100% for no other reason than they want a new skating rink or fitness center that will never make money. They'll always cry poor. Then, thanks to SB5 taking away collective bargaining and making it illegal to bargain for healthcare in any way, there's nothing employees will be able to do to get away from this company store. Vote NO on Issue 2.
Peter Grossetti November 02, 2011 at 12:48 PM
@BigSkeptic - you forgot to list your sign's address.
BigSkeptic November 02, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Nice to see the Patch is pandering to the unions and deleting posts. http://youtu.be/I097Y2uxoFc
Amanda Harnocz November 02, 2011 at 06:12 PM
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Robert Arnold November 02, 2011 at 06:25 PM
@BigSkeptic Sorry, I could not make through the entire 8 minute video you linked. I'd rather listen to Rush or poke my eyes out with a pencil.
Adam C. Miller November 02, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Change of topic: Why should I vote in favor of the $5 million school levy in March???
Jake Racketch November 02, 2011 at 11:03 PM
God help us all. Then again, Obama may actually want that, as there isn't a snowball's chance in you-know-where that such a ticket would go ANYwhere.
Jake Racketch November 02, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Thanks, this is what I've been trying to say. There are PLENTY of things in SB5 that even teachers, firefighters, and police can probably admit is not all that bad in such economic times. Voting NO on this bill, for a large portion of the 65% of the state that will do so, is to show Kasich and the state legislature that the bill is overreaching by a country mile.
Jake Racketch November 02, 2011 at 11:11 PM
in 50 words or less? SMFCSD has: -- cut more than $2 million since 2006 --to face another $1 million cuts in new state budget cuts --is among the bottom 3 or 4 in administrative and instructional costs per pupil in the county. See: http://smfschools.org/site.cfm/SOS.cfm (see links on the right side of page for breakdowns of reductions & taxpayer burden information)
Susan Ruiz Patton November 02, 2011 at 11:23 PM
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al November 03, 2011 at 02:56 PM
I agree with Adam, I do not see the School Board Superintendent and its administrators rallying against Kasich to get the money back he took from their school system. But instead, they all are falling in line with Kasich, some even bashing their own school employees and teachers and then coming to the community for a tax/levy increases to make up with the shortfall that Kasich created. I only see the school employees and teachers rallying against this SB5 issue, but then is the school board superintendent and fell comrades exempt from the same cuts? I know the governor and his administrators are exempt as they even all got raises Maybe there should be a state wide tax payer revolt. Have every school district in the state go into receivership to they get the Ohio tax money that used to go to the schools back into the schools instead on given to special interest groups for tax breaks
James Thomas November 03, 2011 at 03:31 PM
al, how can they "get the money back he took from their school system"? The money is not there to be "gotten back". There is no money.
Adam C. Miller November 03, 2011 at 03:45 PM
We just passed a $10 million levy earlier this year! Now they want us to VOTE yes on a $5 million levy in March!?!?!?!?!
Jake Racketch November 03, 2011 at 10:54 PM
That was a renewal. Stow has not received NEW money in nearly a decade.
James Thomas November 03, 2011 at 11:31 PM
Jake R., I believe you are correct about the previous levy. That being said, the new complication of not knowing the milage rate of the upcoming levy until after it is passed has completely justified my NO VOTE opinion. The lack of transparency and fiscal responsibility of the current BOE and School Administration make me unwilling to commit any more money to their use.
Ed Kent November 03, 2011 at 11:57 PM
The levy renewal coming up in 2012 will be for one of the many levies we currrently pay right now and will be over 7 mills, so I'm not sure what the $5 million levy Adam is talking about that's coming up in March. I think this comment section is also in other cities so he may not be referring to Stow, but his own town.
Ed Kent November 04, 2011 at 12:07 AM
In regard to Jake's comment, I wonder how our district was able to continue to give raises and step raises and even bonuses during the last decade without 'new' money? I wonder how, with hundreds less students, they've been able to increase staff during that decade with just their $50+ million annual revenue and continue to have contracts that even in the last year called for freezes on some types of raises yet they siad there's not enough money for busing? Why do contracts get approved before new levies are put to a vote and then they claim there will be a deficit, but of course only if the renewals also fail? We certainly need some new board members and maybe new laws, or just enforce what we now have if it remains.
Adam C. Miller November 04, 2011 at 02:57 AM
Sorry I was talking about Cuyahoga Falls!


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