COSE Statement on Governor Strickland's Announcement

    CLEVELAND, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- From Steve Millard, COSE's President
 and Executive Director The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) thanks
 Governor Strickland for his intensive efforts over the last several weeks
 to avoid having an onerous and damaging ballot issue placed before Ohio's
 voters. And, COSE applauds the Governor and Lt. Governor for their recent
 announcement that they will work to oppose this issue and encourage Ohioans
 to vote no on Issue 4.
 
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080218/CLM074LOGO )
 
     In several other states, legislatures have blocked similar paid sick
 leave proposals as being wrong for their citizens and employers and
 anti-competitive to their states. Ohio will not be helped by this
 initiative -- and in fact, we can expect higher unemployment and lower
 investment in our state as a result.
 
     If the proponents insist on placing this issue on the ballot, we will
 work closely with the Governor, the Speaker of the House, the President of
 the Senate and the rest of our legislative leaders to ensure that we defeat
 Issue 4 and avoid the irreparable harm it will do to our state and its
 citizens.
 
     About COSE
 
     COSE, one of the country's largest small business support
 organizations, strives to help small businesses grow and maintain their
 independence. Comprised of more than 17,000 member companies, COSE has a
 long history of fighting for the rights of all small business owners,
 whether it's through group purchasing programs for health care, workers'
 compensation, or energy, advocating for specific changes in legislation or
 regulation to benefit small business, or providing a forum and resource for
 small businesses to connect with and learn from each other. ( www.cose.org
 )
 
 
 

SOURCE Council of Smaller Enterprises

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