Just like every other municipality in the United States, Cincinnati is facing a plethora of economic and financial issues. Cincinnati City Council for too long has been acting irresponsibly with our tax dollars, and as a result we are in situations like telling our retired city workers that we will have to renege on the retirement benefits that we have promised them. The time has come for a change on city council and to bring financial stability and responsibility back to city hall.
When I am elected to Cincinnati City Council I will fight for a five percent reduction in pay and in the office budget of the mayor’s office and each city councilperson. If it weren’t for some on city council during the last budget meetings, they would have passed a five percent budget reduction in the office budget for those on city council. Unfortunately we had a couple of council people that felt it was more important to make a political point and “ show who was in charge” rather than do what was best for the citizens of Cincinnati.
I will on city council, fight for those that through their hard work and dedication have earned the retirement that the City of Cincinnati has promised them. Cincinnati City Council must stand by these promises. It is not the fault of the retirees that Cincinnati City Council has mismanaged the city’s retirement program Changes must be made to the program but it should not be at the expense of those that are retired and were already promised their benefits.
How do we pay for this? The answer is through redevelopment. We can pay for this by making our city more business friendly and to make the city more attractive to live in. Taking these steps will increase Cincinnati’s tax base without increasing taxes or cutting vital services to our citizens. Investing in promoting business and population growth in Cincinnati through redevelopment of infrastructure is fiscally responsible.
One of the biggest hurdles that Cincinnati faces is dealing with racial issues that face our community. For far too long Cincinnati City Council has paid lip service to this issue. We need a Cincinnati City Council that is will to engage community leaders to find real solutions to this issue. This issue is not only are hurting those that are directly impacted by City Council’s lack of leadership, but its hurting every citizen that lives, works, and does business in Cincinnati.
Our city leaders must address the race issue head on. Have race relations improved in Cincinnati? I would say yes, but that doesn’t mean that we still don’t have plenty of work to do. Cincinnati City Council has failed to engage community leaders and at level necessary to bring real solutions to these problems.This issue should be addressed in every neighborhood in Cincinnati from Avondale to Hyde Park.
It’s shameful that we have such an obscenely low amount of worked being contracted to capable minority business owners, and the only thing that is being done is that Mayor Mallory says he will have a study. It doesn’t take a study and wasting taxpayers money to point out the obvious. This is a problem, whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, we all should demand a change.Unfortunately to the frustration of most, Council seems to take the approach that this problem will go away on its own. That’s not a solution, that’s a way to deal with a problem because your more worried about your political career rather than working for what is best for Cincinnati.
We must have economic plan that works for all Cincinnatians no matter your race, or gender. This economic plan should have in place a preference to business that are owned and or have the majority of their workers that live in the City of Cincinnati. Not only does this help the minority population, it is smart business for Cincinnati. This will allow the tax dollars to be spent on supporting the Cincinnati workforce rather than giving it to an out of town corporations. If this policy is adopted this would significantly increase the number of minority owners getting contracts for work being done in Cincinnati.
How can we expect to grow if we don’t have city leaders that are willing to lead when it comes to dealing with important issues such as race relations? Dealing with this issue doesn’t mean we just throw money at programs that don’t work or by just pay lip service to the issue. It means making real decisions when it comes to law enforcement, education, and economic development. It means acknowledging our past shortcomings and working with our neighborhood leaders to develop a comprehensive plan that address race relations, neighborhood and economic redevelopment. The time has come to stop having studies and focus groups; we need leaders to implement a real plan and address these issues. If the leaders of this city can address these issues, we will see a positive change that will impact everyone that calls Cincinnati home.