by German Lopez
Casino revenue estimates drop, Kasich's budget unveiled, fraternity's lawsuit dismissed
New casino revenue numbers are well below 2009 estimates. State officials
previously estimated Ohio’s casinos would bring in $1.9 billion a year
once they were built and functional, but the latest state budget
cuts that prediction by half. The new estimates are due to competition
with racinos and lower-than-expected performance at casinos that are
already up and running.
Gov. John Kasich announced his 2014-2015 budget,
unveiling a few pleasant and unpleasant surprises for progressives.
As part of the budget, Ohio is going ahead with expanding Medicaid to meet Obamacare’s
financial incentives, despite Kasich’s past criticism of the national
health care program. But the budget also directs higher revenues to
cutting taxes, instead of making up for past spending cuts enacted by
A Miami University fraternity’s $10 million lawsuit has been dismissed.
The lawsuit accused the university of “malice, hatred and ill will” for
the suspension of Phi Kappa Tau after it had a fireworks battle with
another fraternity. The battle led to police discovering marijuana
inside the fraternity.
Looks like Ohioans are returning to school. Some universities, including Miami, have seen a spike
in the number of applications recently, despite Ohio having fewer high
school graduates in the past few years. The spike is likely due to
City Council will vote tomorrow
on whether to provide tax breaks for neighborhood projects in Walnut
Hills and Linwood. The projects are focused on buildings that are
apparently uninhabitable, according to the developer.
PNC Bank is set to announce a “major gift”
to Smale Riverfront Park. The gift would continue a stream of private
contributions to the park. Last year, Procter & Gamble donated $1
million to fund the P&G Vibrant Playscape.
Cincinnati’s tree fee will not change this year. The tree fee is paid by homeowners so the city can take care of trees in public rights of way.
Cincinnati was awarded the Audrey Nelson Community Development
Achievement Award from the National Community Development Association
for contributing to the renovations of the Villages at Roll Hill.
An unhappy defendant punched his own lawyer in court.
The 3-D print revolution has taken an unexpected turn: Scientists can now print human embryonic cells. The researchers hope to use the cells as ink for printed organs and tissues.