Kasich Visits Zanesville to Discuss Issue 2

by Kelly Choate on October 31, 2011 at 5:19 am

Election Day is almost here, and Governor John Kasich is asking Ohioans to vote yes on Issue 2.

On Monday, Kasich stopped by Jack Havana’s Restaurant in Zanesville to discuss the importance of the Senate Bill 5 referendum.  After taking a moment to recognize Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz for his effort to control the exotic animal situation, Kasich quickly turned his focus to the bill that would limit collective bargaining.

"We just have to tell people what we’re about," said Kasich.  It’s not some attack on unions or anything else.  There is an element of fairness.  Some people shouldn’t escape having to step up to the plate like the rest of Ohioans have done."

Kasich said this is a campaign of emotion versus fact.  He said the bill has already benefited the state indirectly.

"As a result of a lot of the hubbub around this issue, we were able to pass our budget with a minimal amount of problems, which is fantastic, because it is that budget that has set the framework for the state of Ohio to rebuild," said Kasich.

Recent polls indicate that Issue 2, which affects 350,000 public employees, is not favored by the majority of voters, but Kasich said the problem of containing costs must be solved.

"There won’t be any bailouts," said Kasich.  "We don’t have any money to go around bailing people out.  It doesn’t work that way.  We’ll see if there are other ideas out there if we don’t win, but let’s see what happens."

Voters will determine the fate of Issue 2 on November 8th.