Vote YES on Issue 59, Port of Cleveland
The renewal of the Port of Cleveland’s operating levy will cost a homeowner a mere $3.50 annually for every $100,000 of home value, making it one of the smallest tax levies in Cuyahoga County.
GCP member companies actively support commerce generated through the Port and utilize its services. Levy funds support maintenance of lakefront docks, the Cuyahoga River navigation channel, and other maritime activities. Specific projects related to the initiative include the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve and the Irish Town Bend stabilization efforts (an initiative GCP supported in the 2015 state capital bill).
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Vote YES on Issue 61, Tri-C
GCP supports a capital bond issue that would annually cost $17.50 for every $100,000 of home value; the funding will support new Tri-C facilities and upgrades across all campuses.
Tri-C was recently ranked number one in Ohio and in the top twenty nationally among two-year institutions in awarding associate degrees across all disciplines. And, a skilled workforce and talent attraction strategy are key drivers of GCP’s work. Investing in facilities, technologies, and the education of our youth – particularly in high-demand industries – is not an aspiration in today’s economy, it is a necessity. Among other critical projects, Tri-C’s plan will aid the school and the region in building a 15,000-square foot addition to the Advanced Technology Training Center for manufacturing and engineering programs.
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Vote NO on Issue 2, Deceptive Drug Pricing
GCP opposes a statewide ballot proposal that would change how the state of Ohio purchases prescription drugs.
The proposed initiated statute, Issue 2, would attempt to prohibit the state from purchasing a prescription drug unless the net cost of the drug is equal to or less than the lowest price paid for the drug by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely the proposal could be implemented or be able to achieve its purpose. Issue 2 is vague and lacks certain definitions, meaning it is questionable how differing entities and state agencies would choose to implement it. GCP and more than 60 other organizations – ranging from medical groups to veteran groups – are concerned the proposal will lead to cost shifting and drive up prices for employers, their employees, and even increase the cost for veterans.
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