Mayor-elect John Cranley, the newly
elected City Council and the Greater Cincinnati Port Authority on Nov.
12 agreed to eliminate the city’s parking plan once newly elected officials take
office in December.
On Thursday, Oct. 31, ABM janitors went
on strike against the company. ABM’s contract with Cincinnati’s SEIU
Local 1 employees expired last October, and official negotiations were
halted shortly thereafter when SEIU and ABM failed to mediate terms for a
The Ohio Supreme Court on Oct. 31
expedited the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law’s challenge against the
federally funded Medicaid expansion, which Republican Gov. John Kasich pushed through the Controlling Board, a seven-member legislative panel, despite resistance from the Ohio legislature.
Many of Ohio’s major newspapers, including The Cincinnati Enquirer,
lost thousands of readers in the past year, but some managed to beat
trends and gain in certain categories, according to a circulation audit
from the Alliance for Audited Media.
The Ohio Department of Taxation last week
released separate tax forms that will allow gay couples who live in the
state but got married in another state to jointly file for taxes at the
federal level. But because of Ohio’s constitutional ban on same-sex
marriage, same-sex couples won’t be able to jointly file for taxes at
the state or local level.
A majority in all other states
now supports a ban on LGBT workplace discrimination. In a country that
is rarely unanimous on hot-button political issues, that’s as clean as
it gets. Not clean enough for the U.S. House of
A panel of nine criminal justice
officials on Oct. 25 recommended limiting access to Ohio’s facial
recognition program and establishing protocols that would seek to make
the program less prone to abuse.
A re-inspection of the privatized Lake
Erie Correctional Institution (LECI) found the prison is “heading in a
positive direction,” but the facility is still on pace in 2013 to
maintain increased levels of violence similar to the year before.
Catering to naysayers is somewhat of an
election-year tradition in Cincinnati, and no amount of social, economic
and development progress will end it anytime soon. Despite our
nationally recognized successes in recent years, our
estimable river city is still the sum of many parts, a city of
neighborhoods, many of which resent investment in urban infrastructure.
City Council candidate Greg Landsman
acknowledges government can’t do everything, but that isn’t an excuse to
quit. To him, it’s a reason to rethink the approach and instead
leverage every resource, through public-private partnerships, to solve