The Cincinnati Enquirer, which has never endorsed a Democrat for President or Governor, published a scathing editorial that slammed City Council’s budget for a structural imbalance, which will result in a 2015 deficit of $8 million.

That budget passed the key committee today, and will soon be passed.

Also passing out of committee today is the Ohio budget. This budget will carve another $628 million from local governments. It’s reasonable to expect a 2015 reduction in payment to Cincinnati in the neighborhood of $22 million, which is the reduction this year.

The Enquirer hasn’t mentioned that cut at all. Like, Enquirer readers have no idea that the LGF is being cut further.

This is what I was talking about when I said that local papers aren’t equipped to blame Kasich for local deficits. The vicious cycle works like this:

  1. GOP cuts funding to cities
  2. Dem councils can’t balance budget
  3. newspapers slam Dem councils
  4. exurban readers buy subscriptions
  5. newspapers endorse GOP to sate subscriber base
  6. GOP gets reelected
  7. GOP cuts funding to cities

Everybody profits from this arrangement (well, except Ohioans). There’s no reason to expect it to change… ever.

Also, the sentiment of the editorial staff is that a structurally unbalanced budget is embarrassing. Well, I’m sorry that your feelings of superiority will be jeopardized when you’re vacationing, but spending cuts affect actual lives. Cuts to Human Services that reduce access to health care are way, way more important than your bragging rights at trade conventions.

This is the same mindset that led to the idea of sequestration as punishment for members of Congress. No, it’s punishment for low-income families. If you want a Sword of Damocles for Congress, you say “reach a compromise or we reapportion the whole country into competitive districts”.

The Enquirer needs to set aside its ego and its profit motive. If it had any interest in balancing Cincinnati’s budget, it would endorse Ed FitzGerald this Sunday.

  • Maggi Cook

    Luke, when your first sentence is not just factually wrong (Enquirer has never endorsed a Democrat) but gratuitous why should we take the rest of your post seriously?

  • Yeah, Sherrod Brown for one.


    This is a scenario that has repeated itself in city after city resulting in layoffs and cuts to essential services including public safety. Shameful!

  • No matter the twists Luke takes, the truth is that Kasich has looted Cincinnati taxpayers of their rebate. There is no other way to interpret Cincinnati losing that money.

  • Luke Brockmeier

    Sorry, I meant for Governor or President.

    They’ve endorsed Dems for other statewide offices.

  • wendy

    This is NOT true. The Enquirer HAS endorsed MANY Democrats. Pretty rotten when the 1st line in a story is so horrifically inaccurate. Want to try again?

  • Kyle Mackey

    Hey Luke how many of your bloggers are conservative? 0?

    Why not make your blog fair and balanced?

  • Kyle Mackey

    News Flash, Kasich elected to balance the state budget and get Ohio into the Black, and is doing exactly what he was elected to do.

  • matimal

    It will change if the value of Cincinnati’s property increases. That is what is pushing the development agenda in Cincinnati today. The state and county republicans have shown their true colors and lost control of city government and made clear who they don’t care about.

  • matimal

    News Flasch, Kasich singled out municipalities because he knows he has nothing to lose in doing so.

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