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Voters in Ohio today are weighing in on two ballot initiative initiatives that could set -- nationwide.
One of them experts call a referendum on the president's health care overhaul.
Voters are set to decide whether to amend Ohio's constitution to be illegal the law's individual mandate.
That's the part of the law the requires every person to buy health insurance.
The other measure on the ballot would overturn a law that restricts public employees' collective bargaining rights.
-- this not a democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich.
He's represented Ohio's tenth district since 1997.
Also sits on the house committees that oversee health and labor -- -- good to see you thank you.
Good to be with him where's the vote on these two things the polls indicate the governor's initiative there may be -- bit of trouble.
Well I I think that when you're talking about.
HP five right.
That's the bill that would restrict collective bargaining and the people -- while really fed up with.
A government that tries to take away the basic bargaining rights of those who file represents.
And a public workers themselves when you consider the fact that police and fire put their lives and -- on the line for us every day.
When you consider that those who teach our children we got to honor their position in society this bill attacks him.
In a vital way and I think that.
You know certainly those who are opposed to.
State issue two.
That's the position I've taken will prevail today I believe that that state issue two will be defeated.
That senate bill five will be repealed.
And that the rights to collective bargaining a right to strike the right to decent wages and benefits for public workers will in fact be a penalty and Ohio of course -- Sooners are two ways of looking at that that those who are in favor of it this particular -- say.
It is long is the unions have so much power and so much -- you're never gonna be able to grow business in the state of Ohio that that's the argument on the other side -- It's about public workers these are about people who serve us why are we attacking those who serve us I was an attenuated when I was so I was sitting you know -- -- -- that I can buy you know -- I've.
Why -- why is the state government attacking those who serve the people because this is really aimed.
At the rights of public workers and so that's why it's just unacceptable.
That we should be attacking knows who we asked to servants who dedicate their lives of public -- actually actually -- the other side it says it's doing is not attacking anyone.
But asking those who serve to take part of the burden of restoring our economy and our jobs to a position where.
Ohio and the -- the country can grow I think that's part of their argument congressman what what women tell how do you restore the economy by telling people to take a cut wages.
That's antithetical weight if in fact it may sound anything that nobody is the money -- happier if the resources aren't there that that just means a lot of people lose -- that's the point of the other side congressman it's it's it's it's not a quietly made one.
Well being -- but the idea of attacking the right to organize well tonight and -- call and attending the right to organize you like -- finances are just saying it's.
-- have a basic right to organize in a democratic society the right to strike should be a basic right afforded everyone a democratic society the right to collective bargaining a basic right.
These are under attack.
And and suddenly the state deems that they they should these benefits where these rights rather should be monetize.
Well that's not right these are inherent rights to people having a democratic society and the states trying to make that a fiscal issue.
Look every one of -- union says it has worked with the state to try to come up with a way for the state to be able to make it through financial difficulties but the state instead.
There -- -- you know directs a vital attack.
On the right to organize the right to collective bargaining a right to strike.
Trying to make public workers second class citizens that is not appropriate it's not acceptable and I believe today the people Lyle.
Well odds -- soundly defeat issued two and send a message to the state government that they better have more respect for those who service as public workers.
Police fire teachers and others the polls suggests your right the voters will decide Ohio and will -- -- today congressman Kucinich always good to see thank you.
Thank you thanks so much.
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