Hamilton County Commissioners reorganized Monday with Chris Monzel assuming the presidency.
Monzel says he plans to stay the course laid out by fellow commissioner Greg Hartmann.
"Definitely public safety is the number one priority for Hamilton County. And it's something that's important and especially with the new Sheriff coming on board of what the public safety needs are. So that's number one, that's always been the number one priority to me in government," he says.
Unless the city’s management and employees can agree on how to dramatically reduce current and future pension costs, the Cincinnati retirement system’s current 728 million dollar unfunded liability could grow to one billion dollars by the year 2016.
In this week's chat, WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson, talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about Ohio's senators both being appointed to the Senate Finance Committee and his thoughts about what we can expect from Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie and Ohio's new Congressman, Brad Wenstrup.
*Correction: I mistakenly said that Brad Wenstrup had not voted on legislation yet - he voted no on Hurricane Sandy relief. My apologies. - Howard..
2012 was supposed to be a slow year at the Statehouse, with half of the seats in the Ohio Senate on the ballot, and with the two-year budget firmly in place. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler sat down with the departing Senate president and the minority leader to talk about the year that was – and what’s ahead.