Some of Cincinnati's elected leaders are calling on national lawmakers to end the partial shutdown of the federal government.
Mayor Mark Mallory said leaders need to end the conflict. He said there are many examples of how the impasse is hurting the state's economy.
Mallory said 7,500 people visit national parks in Ohio every day.
“So we’re in day 10 of this shutdown, 75,000 people have been turned away so far from national parks in the state of Ohio,” Mallory said. “Resulting in a loss to our state economy of more than $2 million.”
Cincinnati Council Members will have some extra time to campaign for re-election this fall. The group voted Wednesday to cancel half of its scheduled meetings for the rest of the term which ends on December 1st.
There will only be seven sessions in the next five months. That compares to the 14 that would ordinarily be held.
Council will meet as follows: August 7th, September 11th, September 25th, October 9th, November 13th, November 20th and November 27th.
Member P.G. Sittenfeld was the only one voting “no” on the plan.
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.
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory's budget plan released Wednesday reduces the number of police and fire department layoffs. But 53 firefighters and 49 police officers would still be out of work in early June.
Mallory said he believes the public safety layoffs are unavoidable.