The Ohio Clean Ohio Fund Act, Issue 2
, appeared on the November 4, 2008 ballot
. It was a legislative referral
authorized by House Joint Resolution 5
The measure authorized the state to borrow $400 million for environmental conservation, preservation and revitalization purposes.,
| Issue 2 (2008)|
| Yes|| 3,418,883|| 69.07%|
Election results via: Ohio Secretary of State 2008 Election Results
The measure had a bi-partisan base of support. Gov. Ted Strickland, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, House Speaker Jon Husted and Senate President Bill Harris are co-chairmen of the campaign supporting passage of Issue 2.
Arguments in favor
Arguments made in support of the measure included:
- It will not raise taxes.
- It will provide money for environmental clean-up and quality.
- "Passage of the issue will not raise Ohioans' taxes. What it will raise is the potential for economic revitalization in Stark County and across the state."
- It will create jobs.
Arguments made in opposition of the measure included:
- The economy is in bad condition. The state of Ohio should not be authorized to go into further debt; it should, instead, be tightening its belt and only spending money on immediate priorities.
- "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 or directly helping people in need".
| Month of Poll
|| Polling company
|| In Favor
| September 2008
|| Columbus Dispatch
- ↑ Ohioans Could See Seven Statewide Ballot Issues in November, July 11, 2008
- ↑ The Lantern, "Bond to Clean Ohio", October 17, 2008
- ↑ News-Leader, "Issue 2 gets bipartisan backing for Clean Ohio", October 15, 2008
- ↑ Canton Repository, "Yes on State Issues 1, 2 and 3", October 15, 2008
- ↑ Arguments in favor of Issue 2 in Ohio ballot guide
- ↑ Arguments against Issue 2 in Ohio ballot guide
- ↑ Columbus Dispatch, "Casino holds upper hand", October 6, 2008