Ohio voters overturned Senate Bill 5, the law that stripped public employees of their right to collectively bargain, by a nearly two-to-one vote. The law, the centerpiece of Republican Governor John Kasich‘s legislative agenda and passed by the legislature this spring, will no longer be on the books after Tuesday night’s referendum vote.
“It’s clear the people have spoken,” Kasich said. “We’ll continue to work with local governments. People obviously didn’t like the tools we offered here.”
This was the most closely watched election in the nation. Ohio will be a battleground in the coming Presidential election. Supporters of the repeal say this win signals that the sweeping, Republican-led efforts to curb the power of public employees have gone too far. The Columbus Dispatch reports:
“That is the lesson John Kasich must remember after tonight, and if he doesn’t, he’ll be a one-term governor,” Redfern said.
The voters showed they disliked Gov. Kasich’s law; polls show voters dislike Gov. Kasich, too. An October Quinnipiac poll measured the governor’s approval rating at 36%.
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