We learned something about Cincinnati City Council this week.
The mayor is not the absolute monarch inside city council chambers.
Except, that is, when he is.
Since December 2001, Cincinnati has had a directly-elected mayor who is not a voting member of council but chairs the meetings and controls the agenda. If a council member tries to raise an issue on the floor of council that the mayor doesn’t want to deal with, he or she can simply rule the council member out of order, proclaiming that it was a subject not on the council agenda and that was that.
They've had their differences, but it looks like the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County are making progress on a plan to provide an adequate local workforce for the $3 billion project to modernize the Metropolitan Sewer District.
Miami University trustees have voted to raise tuition 1.5 percent, or $199, for the 2013-2014 school year for undergraduates at the Oxford campus. In-state students will pay $13,266 in tuition; out-of-state students will pay $29,056, also a 1.5 percent increase. The Ohio legislature had approved increases of up to 2 percent, but the university says in a statement "through efficiencies achieved on campus and an ideal to keep tuition affordable, the university aimed for a more modest increase."