As you try to digest all of the statements made about collective bargaining reform, we thought you would appreciate having a single place containing all of the work done at the Buckeye Institute to educate Ohioans on this critical issue. As you educate yourself, we believe it is important to put this issue in proper perspective. Ohio's significantly shrunken private sector is paying for a government today that is roughly the same size as it was in 2000, but that costs a lot more than it did in 2000 due to ever-increasing government compensation packages. Without collective bargaining reform, our taxes will have to go up. It is that simple. School districts all over Ohio already are seeking higher taxes, as county assessors downgrade the value of our homes. If we want a vibrant Ohio for our children and grandchildren, then we must push back against the status quo of high taxes, weak private sector job growth, and rising inequality between government workers and private sector workers who fund them.
In Ohio today, private sector workers earn substantially less than their federal government neighbor in 87 out of 88 counties; earn a lot less than their state worker neighbors in 85 out of 88 counties; and earn less than their local government neighbor in 69 out of 88 counties. When benefits like health care, sick leave, and pensions are added to the mix, the goldplated compensation packages of government workers far outstrip those available to the vast majority of Ohioans in the private sector. Take a minute to get the facts on exactly how goldplated the government system really is.
Instead of confusing you with generic comparisons that shade the truth like the union-funded groups do, we've made it easy for you to compare what you make to your peer in state government. We use the actual payroll data from the State of Ohio. As they say, knowledge is power.
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