It is proof SB 5, the Ohio Legislature’s effort to gut collective bargaining for public employees is only about attacking pubic employee unions who those legislators view as a political enemy is that the conservative legislators promoting this effort are missing a chance to focus on the real problem with the cost of government in Ohio. These “alleged” conservatives are ignoring the much bigger problem:
The problem in Ohio isn’t that pubic employees are overpaid for the hard and important work that they do. The problem is that we have too many local government entities in Ohio and hence too many public employees.
As a Liberty School Board Member, I was horrified to watch as two public school districts, Girard and Liberty operated with no cooperative cost sharing whatsoever existed side by side in the same 5 by 5 mile square. Citizens who live down the street from the new Girard High School actually live in the Liberty School District. Separate police, fire, road and rescue services are duplicated in the same jurisdiction.
As Attorney General, I was amazed at the inefficiency and waste that the existence of more than 1000 police departments and 88 Sheriff’s Offices caused for real tax dollars that should have been devoted to fighting crime
If Ohio’s leaders were truly serious about the reform of the laws surrounding public employee collective bargaining they would not be focusing on limiting collective bargaining rights but instead focusing on creating processes tools and financial incentives that empower school districts, county governments and local governments with collective bargaining agreements to consolidate services or merge.