Justin Jeffre Green Party
Council Candidate Opposes Issue 27
As an endorsed Green candidate, many will stereotype me as a tax-and-spend
liberal, magnified. In reality, however, I am a fiscal conservative, and I
think Cincinnati City Council and Hamilton County has shown inverted
priorities in terms of its spending. That's the number one reason I oppose
the upcoming jail tax in November.
Todd Portune and David Pepper have shown a consistent disregard for the voter
with their nearly a billion dollar outline for a plan, which they call
"comprehensive" in some Orwellian campaign rhetoric. However, instead of
spending the past year really educating voters about their plan, they have
constantly tried to slide this under the radar with special elections and then
finally an imposition.
Portune and Pepper have tried to play politics with this issue, attempting to
appease the political right by building a new jail and attempting to appease
the left with the promise of social programs. However, the plan is too
vaguely defined, we are left unsure that there really will be a significant
increase in capacity, and no one knows what any of these alleged social
programs will be specifically. They tried to appeal to everyone, and they
The biggest slap in the face was their attempt to impose this tax without our
voice. I was proud to work with the NAACP, COAST, Cincinnati Progressive
Action, No Jail Tax PAC, the Libertarians, the Greens and many other engaged
citizens to collect the signatures needed to put this on the ballot.
I think the fight against the jail tax has shown how powerful grassroots
politics can be when a broad political coalition joins forces for shared
goals. I remain open to such collaboration in the future.
Jeffre for Council