Here is the link to the ballot [PDF] I’ll be voting on in the upcoming election. Here is how I’ll be voting on the issues and why:
Issue 1: Referendum on Workers’ Compensation:
Although I might be missing some nuances to this legislation, especially in light of Bill Peirce’s stance against BWC, it appears to me that Issue 1 is providing some sensible amendments to current Workers’ Compensation law. As of now, I’ll be voting for Issue 1.
Issue 2: Minimum Wage Rate Increase:
I am voting for Issue 2. Having felt the pinch of minimum wage labor myself, I know how difficult it can be survive on a minimum wage job.
Issue 3: Allow in-state gambling/casinos:
I am voting against Issue 3. The reasoning behind this is simple. Everything I’ve seen about their campaign strategy is a three-card monte game, often gambling isn’t even mentioned in the ads, only an appeal to emotion, “Please think of the children!” Also, following much of the discussion at BrewedFreshDaily on the issue, I am convinced that gambling as an economic initiative is fundamentally flawed.
Issue 4: Smoking Issue #1:
This proposal would amend the Ohio Constitution to allow indoor smoking in a variety of public places and would counteract or create a loophole in any other law that would ban indoor smoking in public places. This bill is sponsored by tobacco companies. Voting Yes in Issue 4 would mean you would want to vote No on Issue 5, which is in direct opposition to this Issue. I’m voting against Issue 4, because although everyone talks about how it will be bad for business, I think people like beer more than cigarettes, and people who currently don’t go out to bars and other places because of the smoke [like me] will be more likely to do so if smoking in enclosed public places is restricted. Also, I don’t think an amendment about smoking belongs anywhere near the constitution.
Issue 5: Smoking Issue #2:
So I guess that means I’m voting for Issue 5, which is just a law and not a constitutional amendment. I grew up in a two-smoker household and my asthma and the chunks of yellow phlegm I used to cough up when I first started running are testament to the ill effects of second-hand smoke. I liken smoking in enclosed public places to any other sort of disturbance. Take it outside. Voting Yes on 5 means you want to vote No on 4, otherwise your votes will cancel each other out.
Issue 18: Cigarette Tax to fund the Arts in Cleveland:
Issue 18 would impose a 30¢ per pack cigarette tax on cigarettes purchased in the Cuyahoga County. The money from this tax would go to fund arts and cultural organizations throughout the county. At a Neighborhood Connections meeting I heard from a woman in favor of the Issue on the current state of Arts and Cultural funding in the county. Apparently all of the money to fund these institutions is private, from the Cleveland Foundation, or the Gund Foundation mainly. Other cities typically fund their arts and culture through the hotel tax, but in Cleveland that revenue goes to the Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau and to pay bond obligations on public buildings. Also, their campaign slogan is “It’s NOT a property tax.” which is the stupidest way to convince someone to vote for something as I’ve ever seen. I am voting against Issue 18, because while funding Arts and Cultural institutions and events is important, the problem in Cleveland is institutional, something a tax will only appear to fix.
Issue 19: Levy Adjustment to fund Health and Human Services in Cleveland:
Issue 19 will reapportion 1-thousandth of a cent from an existing levy for four years to fund health and human services organizations. As this is a tax-payer directed reapportionment of funding I will vote for Issue 19. The League of Women Voters offers the pros and cons [pdf] of this issue.
Issue 42: Should a local gas station be allowed to sell beer on Sundays:
There is a gas station down the street that wants to amend their liquor license to sell beer on Sundays. That’s fine with me. I will vote for Issue 42.