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City advances without parking plan, Kasich on budget defense, Seelbach questions Cranley

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Even without the parking plan, the city passed a budget with no public safety layoffs and is

moving forward

with plans for the Uptown interchange project, a downtown grocery store, a new garage to replace Pogue’s Garage, Wasson Way and the Smale Riverfront Park. The turnaround has prompted some critics to question whether city officials were being honest when they cited a list of potential problems if the city failed to semi-privatize its parking assets to raise funds, but Mayor Mark Mallory and supporters say a lot changed between the time the threats were made and now, including tax revenues coming in at $4.5 million better than projected.

The Columbus Dispatch says Gov. John Kasich has found himself

“playing defense”

in the current budget cycle — a sharp contrast to the budget cycle in 2011. Both the Ohio House and Senate have greatly changed

Kasich’s original budget plan

. Instead of taking up Kasich on his plan to expand the sales tax while lowering the rate, cut income taxes by 20 percent across the board and cut small business taxes, the House approved a 7-percent across-the-board income tax cut and the Senate replaced the House plan with a tax cut aimed at small businesses. Both chambers also rejected the Kasich-backed, federally funded Medicaid expansion and the governor’s education funding plan.

Democratic Councilman Chris Seelbach says he was

yelled and sworn at for several minutes

by Democratic mayoral candidate John Cranley’s campaign manager following open questions about whether Cranley is still a Democrat. Cranley has long opposed the city’s

streetcar project

and

parking plan

, which have both received support from a majority of Democrats in City Council, and

tacitly supports Amy Murray

, a Republican City Council candidate.

Estimates for Cincinnati’s Horseshoe Casino

improved last month

, coming in at $2 million more than April’s estimates. The $20 million estimate is still nearly $2 million less than the casino received on opening month.

Former mayor Eugene Ruehlman

died Saturday night at the age of 88

.

Ohio gas prices

remain at nearly $4 this week

, above the national average.

The self-proclaimed “whistleblower” who leaked details about two NSA surveillance programs has

revealed himself in Hong Kong

.

Apparently Kings Island is open, and Adventure Express was

evacuated

due to a “mechanical problem.”

The latest design for skateboard wheels

is a square

.

Cold War-era radiation

apparently has the answer

for whether adults keep making new brain cells.
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