October 23, 2012
Chamber Nov. 6 ballot issue recommendations
Election Day is exactly two weeks from today, and before you go to the polls it is time to review the issues on the ballot so you can make informed decisions. The Chamber has released its official positions on three state and local ballot issues and three local tax levy renewals that will appear on your November 6th ballot. The positions were determined after thorough analysis, discussions with Chamber membership, and input from the Chamber’s Government Affairs Council, a volunteer committee comprised of business leaders representing the Chamber’s diverse membership. The positions were then finalized by a vote of the Chamber’s board of directors.
“One of the Chamber’s most significant roles is to act as an advocate for the regional business community at every level of government,” said Matt Davis, vice president of government affairs at the Chamber. “The outcomes of the November general election with directly affect our business climate and we want to encourage policy that will incentivize companies to grow and invest in our region.”
The two government reform ballot issues, State Issue 2 and City of Cincinnati Issue 4, would significantly reduce voter accountability. Issue 2 would amend the Ohio Constitution to change the redistricting process for Statehouse and Congressional districts in Ohio. The Chamber opposes Issue 2 on the grounds that the proposal outlined in Issue 2 is not productive reform, but in fact would create an unelected, unaccountable citizen commission to use taxpayer dollars for redrawing Congressional and General Assembly district lines. The Chamber is just one among many organizations that strongly oppose State Issue 2, including the Columbus, Dayton, and Ohio Chambers of Commerce, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Ohio Judicial Conference.
City of Cincinnati Issue 4 is a measure that would increase the length of City Council terms from 2 to 4 years, retaining the 8 year limit. However, a loophole in the new proposal allows some members of the current Council a chance to be on Council for up to 10 years. Most importantly, the Charter Amendment provides voters with no way to launch a recall effort. When you cut to the heart of the issue, having 4-year Council terms does not address the fiscal and structural challenges our City government is facing, and if Issue 4 passes, accountability and voter oversight significantly decrease. We urge all those citizens within the City of Cincinnati to vote “No” on Issue 4.
Let us know what you think about the issues on the November 6th ballot – tweet to @CincyChamber with the hashtag #cincychambergovaffairs with your views. Plus, print the Chamber’s Ballot Issues Scorecard to read the rest of our positions, and take it with you to the polls for easy reference.