lease the city’s parking assets to fund economic development and temporarily balance the deficit. On Friday, Councilman Chris Seelbach
put forward Plan S, which would redirect $7.5 million in casino revenues, cut $5 million based on the results of the city's priority-driven budgeting and allow voters to choose between a $10-per-month trash fee or increase the city's admissions tax by 2 percent. Previously, City Manager Milton Dohoney
unveiled Plan Bto the parking plan, which would lay off 344 employees, eliminate Human Services Funding and close pools and recreation centers, among other changes. In response, mayoral candidate John Cranley proposed his own plan, which would use casino revenue, parking meter revenue and cuts to “non-essential programs” to tame the deficit. Plan B, Plan S and Cranley’s plan all fix the structural deficit in the city’s budget, while the parking plan only fixes the deficit for two years. The parking plan was unanimously
approvedby the Cincinnati Planning Commission Friday, and it appears five council members are ready to give the plan the go-ahead.
show skepticismtoward the governor’s budget proposal, which would expand the sales tax to apply to more services, increase the oil and gas severance tax and make more Ohioans eligible for Medicaid — mostly at the cost of the federal government. Republicans are likely to propose alternatives before a mid-April vote. In a Quinnipiac University poll, a majority of Ohioans
approved of the Medicaid expansion but not Kasich’s tax plan. CityBeat covered Kasich’s budget plan in detail
Police are taking measures to prevent traffic problems at the Horseshoe Casino’s grand opening tonight. Meanwhile, Indiana casinos are
preparing for downturnsas the Horseshoe Casino promises a major alternative to tri-state gamblers. During the soft opening last week, Ohio’s casino regulator found the Horseshoe Casino would have to
fix its security and surveillancebefore the grand opening. Previous studies found casinos
bring job growthat the cost of crime, bankruptcy and even suicide, and a Dayton Daily News report also found the state’s casinos are
falling short of job projections.
big funding reductions for Ohio’s schools. The blunt cuts are largely because Republicans
refuse to negotiatewith President Barack Obama and Democrats — to the point that Republicans
don’t even knowwhat the president is proposing.
expand its seclusion room rules to apply to charter schools. Previous reports found seclusion rooms, which were originally intended to hold out-of-control kids until they calm down, have been largely used for convenience by educators, leading to stricter policies from the Ohio Department of Education. But the regulations currently apply only to traditional public schools, not charter schools.
will now result in a fine up to $150.
Gladys Stones. Still, the zoo does have that
whole environmentally friendly thing going on. Maybe the pros outweigh the cons.
claiming they have “functionally cured” an HIV-infected infantafter extensive treatments left the virus’s presence in blood at such low levels that it can no longer be detected by standard clinical tests.
“world’s sexiest octopus.”
toss cinder blocks with easeand not fear the robot apocalypse, you’re not prepared.