Ohio Issue 1, Bonds for Job Stimulation (2003)
Despite the defeat of the measure, proposal-designer Ohio Governor Bob Taft secured $325 million for his Third Frontier program through the state's general budget. In 2005, another economic development oriented bond proposal by Governor Taft was put to voters. That time it was approved.
|Ohio Issue 1 (2003)|
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
(Proposed by Resolution of the General Assembly of Ohio)
To adopt Section 2p of Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of Ohio.
This proposed amendment would:
If adopted, this amendment shall take immediate effect. A majority yes vote is necessary for passage.
SHALL THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT BE ADOPTED 
Arguments in favor
The following reasons were given in support of Issue 1 by the Committee to Prepare Argument For Issue 1:
A YES vote on Issue 1 will help create more good jobs for Ohioans, without raising taxes.
Issue 1 will help grow Ohio’s economy and help our state attract and retain high paying jobs. Issue 1 should be approved for the following reasons:
has already been factored into the state’s long-range financial plans.
Issue 1 will help create more good jobs for Ohioans, a healthier, stronger economy for Ohio, all without raising taxes.
Vote YES on Issue 1. 
The official ballot book arguments in favor of Issue 1 were signed by:
- Ron Amstutz, an Ohio State Senator.
- Steve Austria, an Ohio State Senator.
- Tom Roberts, an Ohio State Senator.
- Kevin DeWine, an Ohio State Representative.
- Jim McGregor, an Ohio State Representative.
- Barbara Sykes, an Ohio State Representative.
|Total campaign cash|
$3,300,084 was contributed to the campaign in favor of a "yes" vote on Issue 1 through a committee called the "Ohio Jobs Campaign/Ohioans for the Third Frontier."
Donors of $100,000 or more to the "Yes on Issue 1" campaign were:
|Procter & Gamble||$270,000|
|Taft O'Connor Inaugural Committee||$185,000|
|National City Corp.||$100,000|
|Western-Southern Life Insurance Co.||$100,000|
The following reasons were given in opposition of Issue 1 by the Committee to Prepare Argument Against Issue 1:
Voting NO on Issue 1 means:
Vote NO on Issue 1.
The ballot book arguments opposing Issue 2 were written by:
- Lynn Wachtmann, an Ohio State Senator.
- Tom Brinkman, an Ohio State Representative.
- Diana Fessler, an Ohio State Representative.
- Nancy Hollister, an Ohio State Representative.
No funds were spent opposing Issue 1.
- Ohio 2003 ballot measures
- 2003 ballot measures
- List of Ohio ballot measures
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- Ohio ballot measures and election results
- A History of Statewide Issue Votes in Ohio
- Ohio 2003 ballot measure voter's guide
- Ohio Secretary of State, "2003 Official Election Results," accessed July 29, 2013
- Cincinnati.com, "Issue 1 asks voters for $2B," October 23, 2005
- Ohio Secretary of State, "A History of Statewide Issue Votes in Ohio," accessed July 29, 2013
- Ohio Issues Report, "State Issues Ballot Information for the November 4, 2003 General Election," accessed July 29, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Follow the Money, "List of donors to "Yes on Ohio Issue 1," accessed July 29, 2013
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