big ideas for Dayton OH

Pivot: cut cities, not services.

The Coronavirus Crisis is going to cause havoc with municipal budgets that run off income tax. With huge swaths of newly unemployed not kicking in to the local government coffers, most cities are tightening their belts and reassessing where they allocate funds. Some early projections show cities may lose 10% to 20% of 2020 projected Read More

Sage advice from a former State School Board member, A.J. Wagner

Most of this post is lifted with permission from a Facebook post by former State School Board Member and former Judge, A.J. Wagner. This is as the State just boosted the State School Superintendents pay to over $200,000. More than the governor by over $50K Ohio schools superintendent remains among the highest paid public servants Read More

What Nan taketh away, Nan giveth to someone else

In my business we like to say the best idea wins. The idea to turn the city owned restaurant space in the transportation center garage into an incubator was done a long time ago, by my friend Tonia Fish. She’s one of the smartest people I know. She’s also honest as the day is long, Read More

Texas gets public comments right

I love my readers, especially Jay Madewell, who slipped this link to me. It seems, someone in Texas realized that silencing the public at meetings when you are supposedly doing their business- is WRONG. Dayton used to allow people to speak before votes on city manager recommendations, and again at public comments, and again if Read More

Esrati Proposes Free Public Transit

Candidate for Dayton City Commission David Esrati is proposing fare free public transit in Montgomery County via the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority. Esrati believes that free public transit will do more to lift people out of poverty than tax breaks for developers or other “job creation” efforts by government. It will also help to Read More

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