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Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Bald-Faced Lies: The SEIU Wants to Beat a Levy and Cares Not a Whit for the Lives It Will Crush in the Process," April 25, 2003.

Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Bald-Faced Lies: The SEIU Wants to Beat a Levy and Cares Not a Whit for the Lives It Will Crush in the Process," April 25, 2003.

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An editorial by the editorial board of the Cleveland Plain Dealer regarding the efforts of SEIU's Dave Regan to defeat the renewal of a tax in Cuyahoga County, Ohio to fund safety-net services for vulnerable populations -- called "Issue 15" on the ballot. Regan is currently the president of SEIU-UHW in California. April 25, 2003.
An editorial by the editorial board of the Cleveland Plain Dealer regarding the efforts of SEIU's Dave Regan to defeat the renewal of a tax in Cuyahoga County, Ohio to fund safety-net services for vulnerable populations -- called "Issue 15" on the ballot. Regan is currently the president of SEIU-UHW in California. April 25, 2003.

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Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio) April 25, 2003 Friday, Final / ALL
SECTION: OPINION; Pg. B8
Bald-Faced Lies
The Service Employees International Union wants to beat a levy and cares not a whit for the lives it will crush in the process
 
THE PLAIN DEALER The truth is beginning to haunt the labor union that is running the despicable campaign to deny basic human services to Cuyahoga County's most fragile citizens. Three members of the Ohio Elections Commission yesterday unanimously found probable cause to conclude the Service Employees International Union has broken the law in its deceitful campaign against Issue 15 - the health and human services levy on the May 6 ballot. That means the commission found it more likely than not that the SEIU's scurrilous campaign has violated Ohio laws designed to ensure clean campaigns. The commission will make its final determination during a full hearing yet to be set. If found guilty, the union and those involved in this campaign could - and should - face criminal charges. But in the court of public opinion, the verdict is already in, and it leaves no room for doubt: The SEIU is purposefully trying to rip an $80 million hole in Cuyahoga County's safety net by denying basic human services for needy children, the working poor and those in desperate need of mental health treatment. For that, those involved in this campaign to defeat Issue 15 have forever earned this community's enmity. The main issue before the state elections panel yesterday was the bald-faced lie, told by the SEIU in commercials and campaign literature, that suggests passage of Issue 15 would result in a 60 percent increase in property taxes. But Kenneth Fisher, the lawyer retained by Issue 15 supporters, gave the commission a detailed study, provided by the Cuyahoga County treasurer's office, that clearly shows passage of Issue 15 would result in a residential real estate tax increase averaging only 3.46 percent. SEIU spokesman Dale Butland has defended the union's use of the 60 percent figure, saying the people of Cuyahoga County know the claim "is not about total

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