Union Terminal and Music Hall Sales Tax Increase Public Hearning

Union Terminal SupportersWednesday, July 23rd beginning at 6:30pm

Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45246

At a public hearing on Wednesday you will have a chance to give your two cents on the proposed Hamilton County sales tax increase. Citizens will be allowed two minutes to speak on the issue. It will be packed so come early.

As you may have heard, Hamilton County Commissioners are going to vote on whether to raise sales taxes to support a repair and renovation of Union Terminal and Music Hall.

This sales tax increase is a concern on many levels.  Firstly, the proposal overwhelmingly counts on a sales tax increase.  There is a small contribution from the City of Cincinnati and donors, but most of the money comes from the tax increase.

The second problem, these buildings are owned by the City of Cincinnati. They are only pitching in 10 million of the proposed 380 million dollar project.  The owners of the building need to step up and take care of the property they own.

A great interview with Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann addresses this issue.

Action:  If you can’t make the hearing, please contact the Hamilton County Commissioners to tell them your opinion about this sales tax increase.  The pro side of this issue has sent more than 2,000 emails in support of this tax increase.  We need to make sure our opinions are part of the conversation. greg.hartmann@hamilton-co.org;chris.monzel@hamilton-co.orgtodd.portune@hamilton-co.org

Opinion:  To help us do our job of providing you information, can you take this super quick survey to help give us information about how you feel about this tax: Take our quick survey about Music Hall-Union Terminal Tax Here

For more information on this issue, including the history of renovation costs for Union Terminal and Music Hall please visit http://www.empoweruohio.org/factsheet.pdf.

Glenn Beck, “We Will Not Conform” Common Core Movie

When:  Tuesday, July 22nd starting at 8pm
Where:  Local theaters nationwide

Buy Tickets here: http://www.fathomevents.com/event/we-will-not-conform-live/more-info/details  

Fathom Events and Glenn Beck invite you to experience a night of action against Common Core when Glenn Beck’s We Will Not Conform is broadcast LIVE to cinemas nationwide on Tuesday, July 22.  Let’s fill the theaters and capitalize on meeting other Ohioans concerned about Common Core. This will be a great opportunity to build our group and our force for repeal. Please see exciting details below and get your tickets today!

Join fellow concerned Ohioans at one of Ohio’s thirty-two locations for an evening of discussion and action to defeat Common Core in Ohio and nationwide. This will be a live, interactive simulcast, intended to draw on the successful work of grassroots efforts going on in states across the country. Various leaders of the anti-Common Core movement – including state grassroots leaders along with conservative media and organizations – will headline the event live from the Dallas studios into over 650 theaters across the country. Get tickets here.

Ohio is receiving particular attention for the event.  As the bellwether state, Ohio’s repeal status is of significant national importance. We have the fourth largest number of theater locations, and the highest among states with active, viable repeal legislation. Heidi Huber, leader of Ohioans Against Common Core, will be part of the live production from Dallas as a member of the Grassroots Desk along with Emmett McGroarty of The American Principles Project, Heather Crossin of Hoosiers Against Common Core and Dana Loesch, conservative talk show host and star of “Dana” on The Blaze TV Network. Other desks include – ‘Political’ with Jenni White of Oklahoma and David Barton, ‘Education Alternatives’ with Dr. Terrence Moore and Pat Gray, ‘Research’ with Shane Vander Hart of “Truth in American Education” and ‘PR’ with Michelle Malkin and Steve Deace.

Ohioans Against Common Core has a team covering every location who will be distributing information on the truth behind Common Core and Ohio’s effort towards full repeal. Just look for the team wearing red “No Common Core” t-shirts with #DischargeOhHB237 on the back!  There will also be several locations where Ohio House Members will join in, welcoming constituents and sharing why they have signed the Sub HB237 Discharge Petition and joined the effort. They will also be donning the matching t-shirt, so please make sure to thank them and acknowledge their support to END COMMON CORE IN OHIO! A special THANK YOU to Rep. Andy Thompson and Rep. John Adams for leading the legislative charge for repeal!

If you are passionate about sending a wake-up call to Common Core supporters, then don’t miss the chance to make your voice heard at this engaging event in cinemas nationwide!

Action Needed: Hamilton County Sales Tax Increase

What is the best way to pay for repairs?

What is the best way to pay for repairs?

The Hamilton County Commissioners are considering increasing a sales tax increase to pay for a $331 Million renovation to Music Hall and Union Terminal.  This sales tax increase is being proposed for the November ballot.  Hamilton County Commissioners have 30 days to decide if they will put this tax increase before the voters.

Several groups in Southwest Ohio have created a Citizen Task Force to look at this potential tax to provide you information in the short term. In our initial review, we suggest that this tax increase not go on the ballot in its current form.  We believe that a sales tax increase in Hamilton County is not the best way to fund these projects and would hurt the fiscal situation of the county and the region.  This sales tax would affect everyone in Southwest Ohio, so we all must make our opinions heard.

There are three things you can do to get caught up on this issue; watch the video of the presentation yesterday to the Hamilton County Commissioners, take the survey telling us what you think the best plan is moving forward and tell the Commissioners what you think about the sales tax increase in an email.
Opinion:  To help us do our job of providing you information, can you take this super quick survey to help give us information about how you feel about this tax: Take our quick survey about Music Hall-Union Terminal Tax Here

Action:  Please contact the Hamilton County Commissioners to tell them your opinion about this sales tax increase.  The pro side of this issue has sent more than 2,000 emails in support of this tax increase.  We need to make sure our opinions are part of the conversation. greg.hartmann@hamilton-co.org; chris.monzel@hamilton-co.org; todd.portune@hamilton-co.org

Get Informed:  Yesterday, a presentation was made to the Hamilton County Commissioners giving them reasons to reject the proposed sales tax increase.  The proposal gave several changes for a plan on how to pay for restorations for Union Terminal.  Changes to the plan included; adding a user fee to tickets sold at Union Terminal to pay for repairs, more money from the City of Cincinnati (owners of the building), take Music Hall out of the proposal (not urgent repairs, just renovation), look for grants elsewhere and several more suggestions. 

For more information on this issue, including the history of renovation costs for Union Terminal and Music Hall please visit http://www.empoweruohio.org/factsheet.pdf.

Thank you for your action on this issue.  We will keep you informed on developments as they happen.

Common Core Hearings Monday

Make plans to join us in Columbus!!!!

HB 237 – the original bill to repeal Common Core – has been inexplicably stalled in the Education Committee for months on end, therefore, Rep. Andy Thompson will be giving his sponsor testimony regarding HB 597 – the new bill to repeal Common Core – this Monday, the 18th.

This is what we’ve been waiting for, and now we need your help.

Join us in Columbus MONDAY, AUGUST 18TH – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm* – Ohio Statehouse, Rm 313

Hearing will begin with Rep. Thompson’s Sponsor Testimony which will be followed by supporting testimony of Ohio parents, teachers and local school board members. *Hearing will extend if necessary to accommodate work schedules of those who want to offer oral testimony. I will be testifying on Monday afternoon, and would greatly appreciate your support.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 19TH – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm* – Ohio Statehouse, Rm 313 This hearing is reserved for our out of town guests’ supporting testimony – Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Jane Robbins, Joy Pullmann, Dr. James Milgram, Emmett McGroarty, Ze’ev Wurman, Bill Evers and Jim Stergios are confirmed. *Hearing will be extended if needed.

If you have not had the opportunity to hear these individuals speak, I would strongly urge you to make the trip back to Columbus on Tuesday. Click Here for Hearing Updates at Ohioans Against Common Core Click Here to Order T-Shirts, Wrist Bands and Bumper Stickers Let’s Paint the Statehouse Red!

Ohioans Against Common Core has to pay the travel to have experts come and testify for the hearings. If you would like to support Heidi, please buy one of the Ohioans Against Common Core shirts. The money will support the transportation of the experts for the hearings. Click here to buy. Please wear your shirt in Columbus on Monday, August 18th.

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