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Cincinnati budget
11:30 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Could parking lease balance Cincinnati budget

Cincinnati City Hall
Jay Hanselman

Could Cincinnati's massive general fund budget deficit be gone?  It could be, but it comes with a big if.

Earlier reports suggested City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. would have to close a $34 to $40 million deficit.  

But during council committee meeting last week at least a couple Council Members dropped hints his plan will again close the deficit with no layoffs for city workers.  

Reportedly the manager could close a large portion of the deficit with a sizeable up-front payment in a contract to lease the city's parking system to a private operator.  

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Neighborhood development
9:04 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Cincinnati Council to vote on comprehensive plan

Cincinnati Council is expected to vote Wednesday to approve the city’s first comprehensive plan in more than 30 years. 


The Livable Communities Committee approved the proposal Monday night. 


The document has been in the works for more than 3 years and focuses on what the city will look like in the future.  Specifically it has strategies that for the first time focus on economic development activities in the neighborhoods. 


Planning and Buildings Director Charles Graves described the plan this way.

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Board aiming for unanimous vote
3:35 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Budget vote delayed one week

Tana Weingartner WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners are pushing back the date to pass a 2013 general fund budget.

Board President Greg Hartmann's plan has two votes but he'd prefer to present a unified front and have it pass unanimously.

Lone Democrat Todd Portune says, "no offense to Hartmann" but...

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Politics
9:13 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Howard Wilkinson's weekly chat

This week WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about a new role for US Senator Rob Portman and the activity beginning in the Cincinnati Council and Mayor's races.


Inside Pitch
7:56 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Wenstrup takes GOP policy committee seat

Brad Wenstrup, the newly-elected congressman from Ohio's 2nd Congressional District, has volunteered to join the House Republican Policy Committee, a group which helps set the legislative agenda for House Republicans.

Wenstrup - a 54-year-old podiatrist and Iraq war veteran from Columbia Tusculum - takes office in January, after pulling an upset victory over Rep. Jean Schmidt in the March GOP primary and easily defeating a little-known and seldom-seen Democrat, William R. Smith of Pike County, in the November election. Wenstrup won with 59 percent of the vote.

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