(from WE ARE OHIO)

MYTH:  Public employees have too much power, and the public agrees.  TRUTH:  A recent Gallup poll found that 61% of the public oppose taking away some collective bargaining rights of most public employee unions.  A recent Quinnipiac Poll found that only 34% of the people in Ohio support this proposal.

MYTH:  Issue 2 is reasonable and asks public workers to pay just 15% and 10% of their healthcare and pension premiums.   TRUTH:  All public employees are ALREADY REQUIRED BY LAW to pay 10% of their pension, and all state and county workers already pay 15% or more for their health care.  In fact, Ohio’s teachers, nurses, firefighters and other public employees have already made great sacrifices, saving Ohio taxpayers $350 million dollars to help fix the budget crisis.

MYTH:  Public employees are overpaid, and their salaries need to be brought in line with the private sector.  TRUTH:  A recent Rutgers University study found Ohio public employees earn 6% less on a yearly basis than their peers in the private sector.  They earn 3.5% less on an hourly basis.  The average OAPSE (Ohio Association of Public School Employees) enrollee makes $24,000 a year and retires with an average pension of $900 a month.  Public employees do not pay into or receive Social Security.

MYTH:  Issue 2 is needed to help balance the budget and stimulate job growth.   TRUTH:  Issue 2 destroys jobs and lowers wages.  You cannot create jobs by destroying jobs.  If Issue 2 passes, owners of shops, gas stations and other small businesses across this state will be forced to lay off workers or close their doors.

MYTH:  Public employees need to make a sacrifice to reduce the state’s projected $8 million budget shortfall.  TRUTH:  Ohio is 44th of 50 states in per capita spending on government workers.  State employees have taken a pay freeze five times in 9 years.  In the last contract negotiation, state employees voluntarily took furloughs and made other financial sacrifices that saved $250 million and an additional $100 million in health Care costs. 



  1. excellent, I’ll relocate my buosiness. stuffed defined benefit pensions versus my 401-k and I pay for your pension? So, I vote with my feet…you get less tax $..and eventually you’ll be up the creek without any paddles. Have fun. loads of manufacturers have relocated because of these attitudes, now the service sector will follow.

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