Cleveland Plain Dealer says vote YES on Issue 2
The editorial board of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has endorsed a YES vote on Issue 2. According to the Plain Dealer,
Issue 2 will give local governments and school districts more tools to control labor costs and protect taxpayers. It requires public employees to make the same kind of contributions toward their health and pension benefits that most private-sector workers do. It ends state-mandated wage step-ups, requires performance-based pay and permits layoffs based on more than seniority. Those factors are especially important to school districts such as Cleveland that need to transform themselves in the face of outmoded state rules that force them to toss aside newer — and perhaps better — teachers when money is tight. … When they mark their ballots, Ohioans cannot worry about what is best for any political party or interest group — on either side of this debate. They need to consider what’s best for the future of their children, their communities, their state.
They need to pass Issue 2.