Our budget crisis looks like it may bring about the kind of cooperation and working together that citizens expect from their elected leaders, especially when times get tough. As we look to deal with this difficult economic and budget environment, a number of officials have stepped up to say we will work together to solve this problem--even if it involves tough decisions, and even if it's across party lines.
I applaud Greg Hartman, Judge Nadel (presiding Judge of the Common Pleas Court), and former judge and current Republican Party chair Alex Triantifilou for setting a tone of working together to get through this. Other officials and department heads, from Sheriff Leis, to Rebecca Groppe (Recorder), to our Facilities Director (Ralph Linne) have all begun rolling up their sleeves and exploring how to best respond to the bad economy and slumping revenues.
See comments by Judge Nadel and Clerk of Courts Hartman here: http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=blog02&plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3aec38bb2b-982e-46ba-819a-da01a547e8eaPost%3abfaade87-70da-4ced-a4c6-c72c9930b6a2&sid=sitelife.cincinnati.com
And see Chairman Triantifilou's comments here: http://www.hcrp.blogspot.com/.
This is not easy, or fun, for anyone. But it's our collective responsibility to deal with the reality of today's economy. Just as every household and business is having to do.