EcoTrack 11: Ballot issue creates jobs; helps environment

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(WTOL) - Voters in November will be asked to renew a state program that saves farmland and cleans up polluted property.

The Clean Ohio fund began in 2000. Statehouse leaders in both parties support the fund as part of an economic stimulus plan and have launched their supportive campaign.

If voters renew the fund, it would raise $400 million in bonds, but not increase taxes.

"It seems to me that if there is an issue that is broadly popular and likely earn voter approval, it's this issue," says Gov. Strickland.

Some conservative lawmakers worry about the state taking on more long-term debt. However, organizers predict it will help create as many as 14,000 jobs over the next decade.