Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich worked with Cleveland’s city council to block voters’ $15-per-hour initiative.
Cleveland workers and local leaders organized for months and gathered thousands of signatures to present a citywide minimum wage hike proposal for a special election in 2017.
This week however Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich quietly signed a bill blocking the efforts of local citizens throughout the state – including Cleveland – to even vote on such a measure.So much for the supposed conservative principle of localized control of government.
Without any comment Kasich signed a bill on Monday by Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature that blocks any city or other local government in the state from raising its own minimum wage above the state’s floor of $8.10 an hour.
The Cleveland proposal – backed by the Service Employees International Union – would have allowed residents to vote in May on whether to raise their minimum to $12 by 2018 and $15 by 2021.