From the Senate Republican caucus:
"This bill empowers every Ohio taxpayer with reasonable reforms to the growing cost of government labor," said Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond). "We're providing our state and local governments with the same kind of flexibility that families and businesses use every day. By giving public employers the tools to restructure their budgets when revenues get tight, we can continue to provide essential services while avoiding the mass layoffs that put our schools and safety at risk."
Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern:
'Today, the Republicans in the legislature defied the will of the people by passing a bill that will weaken the middle class, kill jobs and destroy communities. But the people atand not John Kasich atwill have the final say.
'Over the past two months, thousands upon thousands rallied at the Statehouse, wrote letters to the editor, made phone calls and gave small dollar donations for the first time. We will take this fight to the ballot and we will win, because the people of Ohio are on the side of our middle class families.