The fight to reduce government spending continues as a bill to end monopoly bargaining rights for public employee moves from the Ohio Senate to the Ohio House of Representatives.
You've probably read or heard about the public sector labor union protests down at the Statehouse in Columbus over the last two weeks. The union-funded protests have received a lot of media coverage. The labor unions are protesting Senate Bill 5 (SB5), which is a bill that would allow your township/village/city/school district/county/state to control the out-of-control compensation, health care, and gold-plated pension costs of their government employees.
Because many of those local government entities are hitting deficits and compensation package costs are the single largest piece of local government budgets, without more control over spending, they will be forced to raise your already high taxes (Ohio: 7th highest state and local tax burden in US).
The bill will attempt to do things like moving health benefit contributions for public employees more in line with the private sector, taking those public employees from what is sometimes 0%-5% contributions to at least a 15% contribution of their healthcare premiums. You know how out of line that system is since you are used to paying 15%-30% of your own healthcare premiums, or even 100% if you are self-employed.
And, that's the goal - moving public sector employees in line with economic realities of the 88% of the America's work force who aren't in unions. That's right - the vast majority of Ohioans and all American workers do not enjoy tax payer funded benefit plans, so don't let them steal the terms of "middle class" and "working class." I work. You work. We are the silent majority.
The Action Item
To show legislators and Governor John Kasich that there is a silent majority of Ohioans who would prefer government compensation cost cuts over large tax hikes, we are working with multiple groups
"I am the Silent Majority Virtual Rally" on Thursday, March 17 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.
You may be wondering what a "virtual rally" is. Well, because I know you are too busy working, taking care of your kids, and trying to get ahead, you don't have time to drive to Columbus for a big rally. So, to make participating in this important event as easy and quick as possible for you, the "virtual rally" will consist of one roughly thirty second task during lunch.
Simply Send an E-mail, steps below:
(1) Place these three addresses for House Speaker William Batchelder, Governor Kasich, and the email used to make sure we get an accurate count of how many Ohioans participate (email@example.com; John@kasichforohio.com; firstname.lastname@example.org) in the "To:" line,
(2) type "I am the Silent Majority" in the "Subject:" line,
(3) type "I support SB5" in the body of the email, and
(4) send the email anytime between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 17.
That is it. Thirty seconds, 8 words, 3 addresses, 1 email, and the inbox ping of thousands of Ohioans making their voices heard. Freedom at its best!
If you really want to make our voices heard, please take a minute or so RIGHT NOW to forward this email to family members, friends, and business colleagues who you think might want to participate in America's first-of-its-kind virtual rally. If you don't speak up now, the labor unions and their push to raise taxes will be the only thing our elected officials hear. The time to act is now!