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Ohio Clean Ohio Fund Act, Issue 2 (2008)
|Ohio Issue 2 (2008)|
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
TO AUTHORIZE THE STATE TO ISSUE BONDS TO CONTINUE THE CLEAN OHIO PROGRAM FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REVITALIZATION AND CONSERVATION
To adopt section 2q of Article VIII of the constitution of the state of Ohio.
This proposed amendment would:
If adopted, this amendment shall take effect immediately.
A majority YES vote is required for the amendment to be adopted. Shall the proposed amendment be approved? 
The measure had a bipartisan base of support. Gov. Ted Strickland, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, House Speaker Jon Husted and Senate President Bill Harris were co-chairmen of the Clean Ohio Campaign which supported the passage of Issue 2.
Arguments in favor
The following reasons were given in support of Issue 2 by a committee appointed by the Ohio Ballot Board:
|“||Voting Yes for Issue 2 to continue Clean Ohio protects clean water, creates jobs, conserves natural habitat, preserves family farms and DOES NOT
Voting YES for Issue 2 continues the Clean Ohio Fund – a highly successful conservation, preservation and revitalization effort critical to Ohio’s new job stimulus package. ISSUE 2 WILL NOT RAISE TAXES.
Voting YES for Issue 2 continues the good work Clean Ohio is doing. For example, Clean Ohio has helped Cincinnati clean up eight abandoned, polluted industrial sites….an effort that will create nearly 14,000 jobs and produce an economic impact of over $1 billion when completed.
...and this is just one example. Clean Ohio has made a difference in nearly every county in Ohio. Clean Ohio is creating tens-of-thousands of permanent jobs and generating millions in new revenues for communities across Ohio.
Voting YES for Issue 2 will…
YES for Issue 2 has received broad bi-partisan support. Governor Strickland, Senators Voinovich and Brown, Senate President Harris, House Speaker Husted and elected officials and organizations across Ohio all urge a YES Vote on Issue 2.
Across the state, Clean Ohio is protecting our drinking water, wildlife habitat, creating jobs and improving the quality of life for all Ohioans... WITHOUT RAISING TAXES.
Keep this critical program. Continue clean Ohio.
On Tuesday, November 4th VOTE YES for ISSUE 2.
For more information visit www.CleanOhio.org
The following reasons were given in opposition of Issue 2 by the Ohio Ballot Board due to the absence of any voluntary opposing submission:
|“||Issue #2 would authorize the government to spend more in bond money.
The economy is in bad condition. When times are hard, this is when we must tighten our belts and spend only what is necessary and only what we can cover with incoming revenues. Issue #2 authorizes the government to take out more debts to pay for environmental revitalization and conservation. While this may be worthwhile, the State of Ohio should not be going into further debt.
Passing Issue #2 means taxpayers will have to pay back these bonds.
Issue #2 authorizes $400 million dollars in debt to be used for conservation purposes. You and your children will have to pay this money back. This money could be retained by taxpayers for their own purposes or used for other plans and directly helping people in need.
Vote no on Issue #2
The official ballot argument in opposition of Issue 2 was not signed by anyone.
|Month of Poll||Polling company||In Favor||Opposed||Undecided|
|September 2008||Columbus Dispatch||56%||22%||22%|
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- Ohio Secretary of State, "2008 Official Election Results," accessed July 30, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "A History of Statewide Issue Votes in Ohio," accessed July 30, 2013
- Ohio Issues Report, "State Issues Ballot Information for the November 4, 2008 General Election," accessed July 30, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Rails to Trails, "Clean Ohio Fund Set for Renewal on November Ballot," accessed February 3, 2014
- Columbus Dispatch, "Casino holds upper hand," October 6, 2008
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