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On Tuesday, Ohioans will go to the polls to vote on two of the most important ballot issues in state history. Issue 2 is a fight for fiscal solvency through common sense public sector pension reforms, while Issue 3 would outlaw Obamacare's individual mandate.
Both issues have enormous implications in Ohio and nationwide, and every YES vote is crucial to their passage. Every voter must remember to vote YES on Issues 2 & 3 next Tuesday, November 8th.
The consequences of failure for these issues would be nothing short of catastrophic for Ohio's struggling economy. Without the reforms made possible by Issue 2, school districts and local governments statewide are facing massive deficits that will inevitably result in higher taxes for residents.
Across Cuyahoga County's thirty school districts, the average deficit projected by the Ohio Department of Education comes to $799.00 for every single resident of the county by 2015. In Franklin County that number is $537.87, and in Hamilton it's $669.00. The list goes on and on.
All told, 85 of Ohio's 88 counties are projected to face school district deficits, but Ohioans don't have to settle for this bankrupt status quo. The way to balance local budgets and avoid tax hikes is to vote in favor of pension reform. The journey back to solvency and prosperity starts with a YES vote on Issue 2 next Tuesday, November 8th.
Ohio's future depends on it.