News Review: State Of The City, Ohio’s Marijuana Boom, Sales Tax Fight Looms & More


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In his state of the city address this week, Mayor John Cranley hyped “the Cincinnati miracle,” noting the Queen City’s population gains and economic growth. Hundreds of people watched the mayor’s speech at Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine.

Local Republicans plan to fight a recent decision by the Hamilton County commission to extend permanently a 0.25% special sales tax, which was originally adopted to fund renovations of Union Terminal. Though it was set to expire, dropping the county’s sales tax to 6.75%, the decision maintains the 7% rate. Now, Republicans see an opportunity to campaign against the issue, and possibly return a candidate to the county commission which is now entirely made up of Democrats.

Ohio’s new medical marijuana industry is highly restricted by state policy, but a new report this week shows that while marijuana business licenses are not permitted to be transferred or sold without state approval – it appears to be happening anyway.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) decided Thursday to end his long shot Presidential campaign and to run again instead for his northeastern Ohio House seat.

Those stories and more will be discussed with the local journalists who produced them. Joining Cincinnati Edition for the Friday news review are Cincinnati Business Courier columnist and reporter Chris Wetterich, Cincinnati Enquirer statehouse bureau chief Jackie Borchardt, and WVXU reporters Jay Hanselman, Ann Thompson, Tana Weingartner, and senior political analyst Howard Wilkinson.





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