According to, Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. blamed a loss of $22.2 million in revenues in the City’s 2013 budget on Kasich’s local government cuts. Policy Matters estimates the City lost $40.7 million in state funding in fiscal years 2012 and 2013.

The city had planned to fill the hole by privatizing city parking, but a judge ruled today that the plan would need to be delayed so a referendum could be put on the ballot.

Other plans have been proposed, including raising taxes and fees on services.  The budget needs to go into effect on July 1st.

Without a solution, Dohoney recently told City Beat that 344 city employees could lose their jobs – “including 80 firefighter and 189 police positions.” Today, according to City Beat reporter German Lopez, the plan will take effect immediately:


Karen Kasler recently asked Kasich about the impact of his local government cuts on cities and how it would force them to raise taxes. Kasich’s response: “I don’t know what you mean by that? What does that mean?”



  • westparkguy

    If you can stomach it, the full interview is here.

    Kasich claims that he has NOT cut funding to schools since his term began, if you can believe that.

  • The judge’s decision says that emergency clauses don’t make an ordinance immune to referendum in Cincinnati.

    That means, for any legislative proposal passed today, right-wing fringe groups could simply begin the signature-gathering process and delay implementation for 90 days.

    In 95 days, Cincinnati will have no balanced budget. I’m not sure what happens at that point. Since we’re already looking at a credit downgrade, it’s probably bad!

  • Only ignorance excuses stupidity.

  • Retrofuturistic

    Worst Governor Ever, extracting more money from Ohioans than any of his predecessors, while give more breaks to corporations and the wealthy. Just compare Ohio to Colorado: A $320K house is Colorado had property taxes under $1500. The same house in Ohio has property taxes of $8000. And Colorado has a 2.9% sales tax compared to Ohio’s 5,5 to 7.75% sales tax.

  • He is going to run in 2014 by saying he has cut taxes and added jobs–all he has done is cut funding to schools and communities and left it up to those citizens to decide what they want to pay for through having tax levies. He is hoping that all of forget the SB5 debacle of losing 63% to 37%–that is what we have to vote for a new governor with that 63% who saw he is strictly for the rich.

  • dmoore2222

    It’s Lehman Bros. math. Give money to rich people (a la JobsOhio, privatization, killing the esstate tax, etc.) and let everyone else fend for themselves.

  • dmoore2222

    Yeah. And just what kind of jobs? Low paying service industry jobs and temp jobs that have no benefits an no future.

  • Red Rover

    Comparing to Colorado doesn’t make sense. Ohio has over twice the population, over 5X the population density, and a very different economy. It also doesn’t back up your argument. I’d consider a $320k house to be for someone somewhat wealthy.

  • Eugene

    I thought this union , hating, union member hating governor had a surplus by saving money from his cut-backs.?
    Maybe this communist can save some more money by selling off other parts of Ohio’s assets to his business friends as thought he owns them instead of the people of Ohio .
    Maybe we’ll be ass’s to vote for this jerk again to finish off selling Ohio before he runs for the Presidency of the United States and screws the rest of America.

  • Eugene

    I guess one way to claim you have a surplus budget is to keep back money from fireman, schools, policeman , safety forces and other programs funded by Kasich.
    Vote for John Kasich again, so he can show what a phoney republican, hiding in the guise of a Conservative can do as governor.
    Then we can see how much the legislature lets him get away with in his second term.
    The Republican party has become a herd of hard headed pricks ever since the conservatives got control and made the republicans believe they have the same values as the Republicans.

  • Eugene

    John Kasich is what Ohioians get for voting for a Republican who comes back to Ohio to run for governor with intention to use it as a steeping stone to the United States Presidency.
    Is John Kasich really stupid or only pretend to be stupid when he is asked a question and claims to not know what the person is asking. ” I don’t know what you mean. What do you mean by that.”
    Your Conservatives agenda, John Kasich should be considered traitorious, but we let you get away with it.. The Republican political votes to stay in office mean more to you Republicans than to serve the public honestly.
    Hoard all the money you can John Kasich. What are you going to do with it? Run your fingers through it?
    Maybe your jobs program can find jobs for all the public workers you force the towns, cities, and communities to lay off.

  • Diane Bowdler

    Ohio funds its schools through property tax, despite the fact that it was ruled unconstituional in 1997, I have never understood why the state hasn’t been forced to fix it.

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