One Day After Voting No, Ohioans React to Issue 2

By Max Resnik

November 9, 2011 Updated Nov 9, 2011 at 6:53 PM EDT

VAN WERT, OHIO (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Ohioans overwhelmingly voted down Issue 2 Tuesday, 62 percent to 38 percent.

Issue 2, a referendum on Senate Bill 5, would have kept the Republican backed legislation restricting collective bargaining rights for public employees as law. Ohio has upwards of 350,000 public employees.

Senate Bill 5 became law in March after Gov. John Kasich (R) signed the bill after it made its way through the republican controlled legislature. In the months following, Kasich faced backlash.

Some Northwest Ohio residents are split on the issue. Charles Profit voted “yes” on Issue 2. He wanted to see the collective bargaining rights of public employees curbed.

“Well I voted for it. However I think in the first place, the Governor went a little too far, rode a little roughshod. I can understand the other side.”

That other side is where Kim Bowers found herself at the ballot box yesterday. She voted to repeal Senate Bill 5.

“We pay into this retirement. It comes out of our paychecks like everybody else. This is my retirement that I’ve paid into. They don’t need to take it away.”

Kasich said it was clear that the people of Ohio had spoken at the ballot box.

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