Welcome to the first annual/biennial Election Issue Endorsements episode of Wall of Cats. Thank you, you are too kind.
Let start at the top:
Issue #1: defeated before it ever had a chance.
Issue #2: Ohio is in a bad place right now. The cycle of poverty in poor inner-city and suburban neighborhoods is sharpening the line between the social classes. If we expect our low-income workers to have a chance to succeed, we need to offer them a living wage. Issue #2 will attempt to do that.
In addition to tying the minimum wage to inflation, this legislation will provide a means for enforcement. By requiring employers to provide accurate employment and wage histories to their employees or their designates (not just anybody, but lawyers or union reps who have specific releases from each individual), companies will be less likely to try to cheat the system.
Rumors of ‘Identity Theft’ are a smokescreen. In fact, the only one we have to worry about thieves getting out confidential information from are Ken Blackwell and Greg Hartmann, two Republican candidates who have already made this information freely available on their respective websites.Â ÂOhio needs to raise the quality of life for those who are most in need. I vote YES Issue #2.
Issue #3: There are several strong reasons to vote NO on Issue #3.
First, if gambling is such a panacea for the state, why limit it to only 9 locations, and nine specific business owners? Why not just legalize gambling altogether and let each county or municipality decide if they want the allow it?
Second, why should the state constitution give a substantial financial and tactical benefit to certain business owners at the exclusion of all others?
Third, How can you justify voters in Dayton and Ashland and Ironton deciding if Cleveland should have dedicated gambling facilities in it’s downtown?
Fourth, if this issue is truly about funding higher education, why does it give 6% of the proceeds to Ohio racetracks (presumably to make up for the decrease in track betting)? If you don’t want competition with the horse races, don’t put slot machines there. Why not put 95% into school funding?Â ÂThese reasons are enough to clearly put this in the NO category.
Issue #4: This issue is a joke. It is sponsored by a group calling themselves “Smoke Less Ohio”, but the fact is, if this passes Ohioans will have to contend with more smoke . As a constitutional amendment, it overrides the limits on smoking imposed by and local, county, or state statute. It is a blank check for the tobacco industry disguised as a ‘reasonable’ anti-smoking effort. It’s ads are misleading and, in some cases, flat out lies. Under no circumstances should any reasonable Ohioan for for Issue #4.
That’s a NO.
Issue #5: This law will ban smoking in most restaurants, bars, and most places of employment. Smoking is still allowed in your private residence, designated smoking areas in hotels, nursing facilities, private clubs, outdoor patios and private businesses. The fact is, smoking is bad for you, even second hand smoke. There is no such thing as a ‘no-smoke’ section, just a ‘no-smoking‘ section.
Smoke fills the air, and many restaurants, bars, and clubs have inadequate (or no) ventilation or filtering. Waiters, busboys/girls and bartenders are subjected to this every day with no recourse. If they were exposed to the same risks working at a chemical plant they would be required to wear gas masks and hazard suits.
This law does NOT outlaw smoking. It simply reasserts the rights of non-smokers not to be exposed to secondhand poison.Â ÂI will be voting YES on Issue #5.
That’s all for now.