The Xenia Community School District may be facing more cuts if a levy on the ballot next week fails. The district is asking for a 5 year 4.8 mill emergency levy to help address a $3 million deficit.
In the last two years, the district has already cut 8.8 million dollars from their budget. Teachers and administrators have had pay freezes with no step increases and will pay higher insurance premiums. That's caused a controversy with the Xenia Educational Support professionals Union, who represent bus drivers, custodians, food service workers and other staff.
In this week's PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler. She interviewed the Ohio Democratic Party leader, Chris Redfern, and the Republican leader, Kevin DeWine. They discussed their views on Issue 2, the ballot referendum on collective bargaining in the state. DeWine and Redfern touch on the Republican proposed congressional district map and the Democrats effort to repeal it on next year's ballot. Kasler also reports on the campaign finance report released this week regarding spending on Issue 2 and what the numbers mean.
The union-backed group pushing for the repeal of Ohio's new collective bargaining law has spent more than $17.3 million in the fight and has another $4.3 million on hand heading into the Nov. 8 election.
Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show We Are Ohio has raised a $19 million from July to mid-October. The coalition wants to overturn the law, which bans strikes by public worker and restricts their collective bargaining rights.