Ohio Issue 1, Bonds for Veterans (2009)

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The Ohio Bonds for Veterans Amendment, also known as Issue 1, was on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Ohio as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] This amendment authorizes $200 million in bonds to fund bonuses for veterans of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Persian Gulf.

Election results

Ohio Issue 1 (2009)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 2,210,605 72.15%
No853,33127.85%

Election results via the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Text of measure

See also: Ohio Constitution, Article VIII, Section 2r

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

TO AUTHORIZE THE STATE TO ISSUE BONDS TO PROVIDE COMPENSATION TO VETERANS OF THE PERSIAN GULF, AFGHANISTAN, AND IRAQ CONFLICTS

Proposed by Joint Resolution of the General Assembly

To adopt Section 2r of Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of Ohio.

This proposed amendment would:

  1. Authorize the state to issue up to two hundred million dollars ($200,000,000) of bonds to provide compensation to veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq conflicts, and to pay for the administration of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq Conflicts Compensation Bond Retirement Fund and the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq Conflicts Compensation Fund.
  2. Authorize the Ohio Department of Veterans Services to provide compensation to persons who have served in active duty in the United States armed forces at any time during the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq conflicts and who were Ohio residents at the start of active duty services and are currently Ohio residents.
  3. Allow certain survivors to receive the same compensation as the person who served in the armed forces would have received, if that person dies or is designated as missing in action or held in enemy captivity.
  4. Authorize the state to issue bonds only for the time period from the effective date of this amendment until December 31, 2013.

If adopted, this amendment shall take effect immediately.

A “YES” vote means approval of the amendment.
A “NO” vote means disapproval of the amendment.

A majority YES vote is required for the amendment to be adopted.
Shall the proposed amendment be approved? [4]

Support

Arguments in favor

The following reasons were given in support of Issue 1 by a committee appointed by the Ohio State Legislature:[3]

Vote YES on Issue 1

A “YES” vote for Issue 1 would allow the state to issue $200 million in bonds to provide cash bonuses for Ohio veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War, as well as the thousands of dedicated Ohioans in our nation’s armed forces who have fought and continue to fight to defend our freedoms in Iraq, Afghanistan and other regions of the globe.

Issue 1 should be approved for the following reasons:

  • ISSUE 1 EXTENDS A MUCH-DESERVED ‘THANK YOU’ TO OHIO’S SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN. Under Issue 1, Ohioans who fought in the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan could receive $100 per month of service, not to exceed $1,000, while soldiers who were stationed in other locations during these confl icts could receive $50 per month of service, not to exceed $500. These bonuses would not only show our state’s veterans that Ohio appreciates their service, but also help them transition from the military back to civilian life once their tours of duty are complete.
  • ISSUE 1 HELPS OHIO’S MILITARY FAMILIES. Issue 1 would offer a $5,000 death benefit to the families of soldiers killed in the line of duty.
  • ISSUE 1 CONTINUES A LONGSTANDING OHIO TRADITION OF SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS. In 1921, Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment to give bonuses to soldiers returning home from World War I. Over the next several decades, Ohioans also passed similar measures to provide bonuses to veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Issue 1 continues this important recognition of our veterans.

Passage of Issue 1 sends an important message that Ohio supports its veterans and their families, and we are grateful for everything they do for the country, this state and our local communities.

Vote YES on Issue 1[4]

The official ballot argument in support of Issue 1 was signed by State Senators Timothy Grendell, Tom Patton, Tim Schaffer, Jason Wilson, and Sue Morano, and State Representatives Peter Ujvagi, Raymond Pryor, Connie Pillich, Terry Boose, and Ross McGregor.

Opposition

Arguments against

The following reasons were given in opposition of Issue 1 by the Ohio Ballot Board due to the absence of any voluntary opposing submission:<ref name="voterguide"

Vote No on Issue 1

Issue 1 Would Authorize the Government to Spend More in Bond Money. Economic conditions are poor. The state of Ohio must tighten its belt and spend only what is necessary and only what we can cover with incoming revenues. Issue 1 authorizes the government to take out more debts to provide for compensation to veterans of recent United States military confl icts – Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq. While this may be a worthwhile and noble endeavor, the State of Ohio should not be going further into debt.

Passing Issue 1 Means Taxpayers Will have to Pay Back These Bonds. Issue 1 authorizes $200 Million in debt to provide compensation to veterans of recent United States military conflicts. This money would have to be paid back in the future by Ohioans. This money could be retained by taxpayers who have suffered during the economic downturn. This money could be used by taxpayers for their own purposes or used for other plans and directly helping people in need.

Vote NO on Issue 1.[4]

The official ballot argument in opposition of Issue 1 was not signed by anyone.

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