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.
A new poll ahead of next month's election finds growing opposition to an Ohio law limiting the bargaining rights of 350,000 public sector workers.
A Quinnipiac University Poll taken Oct. 17-23 found 57 percent of registered voters support repealing Senate Bill 5, compared with 32 percent who support the law Republican Gov. John Kasich signed in March. The margin opposing the law has almost doubled since Quinnipiac's Sept. 27 poll.
Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau's Bill Cohen speaks to Emily McCord about the three issues on the state ballot this election. Issue 1 would raise the retirement age of judges from 70 to 75. Issue 2 is the referendum on the collective bargaining bill, and Issue 3 would exempt Ohioans from parts of the federal health care law. Cohen breaks down what the bills mean and what's at stake should they pass.