Debate over Issue 2 heats up as early voting begins

(FOX19) - As early voting begins in Ohio, the debate over Issue 2 is heating up, with several events planned for Tuesday.

Issue 2, formerly known as Senate Bill 5, would limit collective bargaining for public workers.

Opponents say the bill takes away the ability to negotiate staffing, and could put public safety at risk due to loss of firefighter and police jobs.

On the other side of the issue supporters say the bill balances the budget without raising taxes and empowers local governments.

A forum at the Cincinnati Museum Center on Tuesday evening will present both sides of the issue.

Local attorney Gary Greenburg will speak in support of Issue 2, and former Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper will speak against it. The forum will be moderated by Maryanne Zeleznik with WVXU.

The forum is sponsored by the Junior League of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Museum Center and the League of Women Voters. The forum is scheduled from 7:20 to 8:30 p.m.

Also on Tuesday, the "People's Road Trip" kicks off its statewide tour in Cincinnati. A rally against Issue 2 is being held at 10:50 a.m at the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

And for the third time in recent weeks, Jerry Springer will be talking politics in the Tri-State. Springer is speaking out against Issue 2 at 7 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in Hamilton. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $55 (or $35 for students).

A debate was also held Monday night in Liberty Township, educating voters on both sides of Issue 2.

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