October 27, 2015
Marijuana + Parks Levy and more - See where we stand
The Ohio General Election is Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.. Ohioans will be faced with many important ballot issues, including the legalization of recreational and medicinal marijuana. Read below to find out where the Chamber stands on these issues and download a printable election guide to take to the polls with you.
After the Election results are in, join us on November 6 for the final Legislative Speaker Series event of 2015. Join speakers Matt Borges, Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party and David Pepper, Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party to hear how the respective parties are reacting to the 2015 Election Day results and planning for victory in 2016 at all levels of government. Chairmen Borges and Pepper will share insights on what we can expect to see on the political landscape in 2016. REGISTER
OHIO BALLOT ISSUES POSITIONS
Cincinnati Parks Property Tax Levy (Cincinnati Issue 22)
- The plan calls for renovating more than a dozen parks, historical landmarks and other projects.
- City of Cincinnati property tax would increase by $35 per year per $100,000 of home value, resulting in revenue of $5.5 million annually in perpetuity.
Chamber position, Cincinnati Parks Property Tax Levy
The Cincinnati Parks levy is a unique opportunity to leverage the region’s parks to attract and retain talent. Cincinnati has experienced the positive community and economic impacts of its investment in the revitalization of Washington Park as well as the creation of Smale Riverfront Park that has resulted in the attraction of residents and visitors to the central business district. The region can increase its competitiveness by creating a long term and sustainable funding stream for Cincinnati parks that makes our parks system the best in the country.”
Ohio Redistricting Reform (Ohio Issue 1)
- The new redistricting process would incentivize policy makers to draw district boundaries with bi-partisan support.
- The amendments would be applicable to state legislative district-drawing and not to congressional redistricting.
Chamber position, Ohio Issue 1:
The Chamber believes the new process will move Ohio closer to districts which fairly represent the population. The process will still favor the majority party. The Chamber supports the issue because two votes from each party will be required to approve any redistricting plan. This will create greater protection against gerrymandering and greater competition in some districts.
The Anti-Monopoly Amendment would amend sections of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to prohibit an initiated constitutional amendment that would grant a monopoly or special economic interest, privilege, benefit, right or license to any person or entity and to modify the procedure to propose a law or a constitutional amendment by initiative petition.
Ohio Anti-Monopoly Amendment (Ohio Issue 2)
- The Anti-Monopoly Amendment would amend sections of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to prohibit an initiated constitutional amendment that would grant a monopoly or special economic interest, privilege, benefit, right or license to any person or entity and to modify the procedure to propose a law or a constitutional amendment by initiative petition.
Chamber position, Ohio Issue 2:
As an advocate for capitalism and free enterprise, the Chamber supports competition in business. By limiting future monopolies in the Ohio Constitution, the Chamber supports fair and competitive business growth and development in Ohio.
Responsible Ohio Amendment (Ohio Issue 3)
- The Responsible Ohio Amendment would legalize recreational and medical marijuana in the Ohio Constitution by allowing ten specific grow sites
Chamber position, Ohio Issue 3:
Issue 3 is a constitutional amendment that would create significant uncertainty for businesses by jeopardizing an employer’s ability to provide a safe work environment. Under the amendment, the Ohio General Assembly lacks the specific authority to enact enabling legislation to appropriately regulate the marijuana industry in Ohio by providing safeguards for businesses and residents.