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Inside Pitch
9:07 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Pro-Obama group to gather near Chabot's office

Members of Ohio Action Now, a coalition of pro-Obama groups and individuals, plans a Friday rally near Republican congressman Steve Chabot's downtown office to urge him to support President Obama's plans to raise taxes on Americans making over $250,000 a year.


Chabot opposes Obama's plan.


Ohio Action Now leaders say they will present a report from Innovation Ohio, one of their member groups, that they say will show flaws in the budget proposal from House Speaker John Boehner.

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Cincinnati budget
3:55 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Cincinnati and labor union have deal on parking plan

A city union will not oppose plans to privatize the operation of some Cincinnati parking facilities in exchange for pay raises and a pledge from the city not to layoff any bargaining unit employees for 3 years.  

The specifics are detailed in a memorandum of understanding between the city and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.  

25 union members will lose their positions in the parking division, but they'll be transitioned to other city jobs.  

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solar power
2:53 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Building a Solar Cincinnati

The panels on the rec center roof
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A new report sings the praises of solar in Cincinnati.

The group Environment Ohio hopes Cincinnati follows the lead of such solar giants as Ann Arbor, Phoenix and Toledo. Co-author of the new report, called Building a Solar Cincinnati, Christian Adams, wants the city to get 10% of its energy from solar by 2030. He says certain barriers remain like up front cost but suggests third-party financing.

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Small business
1:59 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Cincinnati proposal to help small businesses

The City of Cincinnati is giving $400,000 to a program that will help small businesses get loans they need to operate or expand.

The funding is going to an organization called SoMoLend. Founder and CEO Candace Klein said it’s a web-based platform.

"SoMoLend connects business borrowers seeking ways to fund their businesses with investors looking to make a return on investment," Klein said in a press release.

City economic development officials say SoMoLend is another item in the city’s tool box to help small business and create jobs in the city.

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Stadium fund balanced for one year
1:46 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Commissioners slice property tax rebate

Tana Weingartner WVXU

Hamilton County property taxes aren't going up but homeowners will be getting less money back next year.

Commissioners voted 2-1 to reduce the property tax rebate (PTR) homeowners receive.

The PTR was promised when voters approved a sales tax increase to build the Reds and Bengals stadiums.

Board President Greg Hartmann proposed the idea.

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