If you were at Taste of Cincinnati last weekend and thought it seemed busier than usual, you were right. Lance Barry with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber said the final estimate for the three-day event is in, and it's a record.
"We are projecting our numbers for the weekend to be right around 550,000," said Barry. " We were expecting them to be right around a half-million at 500,000, but we're now very easily projecting, comfortably, a 10-percent increase from even where we thought we'd be for the weekend."
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park, has been working behind the scenes to clear the way for the renomination of an Ohio Democrat, Richard Cordray, as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a story in Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper.
Senate Republicans have thus far refused to move on President Obama's renomination of Cordray, a former Ohio treasurer and attorney general, along with a number of other presidential appointments.
Right now eight of the nine Cincinnati Council Members are supporting a budget plan that prevents any layoffs in the police and fire departments. The Budget and Finance Committee approved the budget motion Wednesday. But those numbers may change some when final votes are taken Thursday.
But about 60 other city workers will get pink slips in a few weeks and some services will be scaled back in order to close a $35 million general fund deficit.