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Budget office pegs Issue 2 cost at $11-15 million
Dems say numbers are skewed because budget office is tied to Gov. Kasich
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA
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The state budget office says Issue 2, the redistricting reform proposal on this November’s ballot, would cost Ohio $11-15 million.  WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
Budget office pegs Issue 2 cost at $11-15 million

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In a letter to Secretary of State Jon Husted, the Office of Budget and Management says the state will pay $5-$7 million to train members and staff the new commission.  The additional $6-$8 million would go to consulting and litigation fees.

Issue 2 would establish a redistricting commission to draw legislative and congressional boundaries every ten years. Proponents say that will keep partisan politics out of the process, but opponents cite the added costs. 

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the budget office’s estimates are unreliable, because the office is tied to Republican Governor John Kasich.
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