Issue 1

OHIOANS WILL decide in Tuesday’s primary if they want public infrastructure improvements.

Those upgrades come in the form of Issue I. If passed, it will mobilize the issuance of general obligation bonds to fund massive improvements encompassing a 10-year period.

Issue I has drawn overwhelming support in all sectors through the state. Many Eastern Ohio villages, city councils and other political entities have passed resolutions in support.

A yes vote will continue a program that has been in place since 1987, yielding a myriad of improvement projects. Moreover, it has done so with no increase in taxes.

The success of Issue 1 is borne out by it receiving voter approval in 1995 and 2005.

All of Ohio’s 88 counties benefit from Issue 1, and it is a job-creating vehicle, as some 35,000 workers will join the employment lines. Those are nice perks for a program that fails to raise taxes.

It is not often that both sides of the aisle agree on a funding measure. Issue 1 has done just that, as both Democrats and Republicans have overwhelmingly embraced it.

The Ohio Senate voted 31-0 to place it on the primary ballot while the House approved it by a 90-2 margin. Such bi-partisan support speaks volumes of the benefits of the issue.

Issue 1, if passed, would create jobs, deliver much-needed infrastructure work while boosting the state’s economy — at no taxpayer expense.

We believe State Issue 1 is deservivg of your vote.