Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and other city officials say President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts would hurt vulnerable city residents. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy speaks to an anti-abortion group as the court mulls closing Toledo’s last abortion clinic. And the owner of Washington, D.C.’s first marijuana dispensary has advice for Ohio’s medical pot program. Today’s Ohio Politics Roundup is brought to you by Jeremy Pelzer.
Cleveland officials fear impact of Trump budget cuts: Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is speaking out against President Donald Trump’s proposed funding cuts to programs that help the poor, the elderly and neighborhood revitalization.
Speaking with cleveland.com’s Robert Higgs, Jackson said the budget cuts, if passed, would hit vulnerable Cleveland residents, particularly the poor, children, and the elderly. Jackson: “The only thing that prevents it from going full scale is that Democrat or Republican in D.C., their constituents are going to be affected by this.”
The cuts to community development block grant programs by themselves could cost Cleveland as much as $30 million a year, said Councilman Anthony Brancatelli, who added, “I’m praying that this is strictly a negotiating tool and it’s not hard and fast and what we’re going to do.”
Justice questioned about speech to anti-abortion group: Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy spoke Friday at a breakfast held by an anti-abortion group, even though the court is hearing a case that could close Toledo’s last abortion clinic, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Jessie Balmert and Chrissie Thompson.
Kennedy declined to comment on her decision to give the keynote at Greater Toledo Right To Life’s annual legislative briefing breakfast. In a statement, the justice said she routinely speaks at “civic organizations” about the Constitution and treated this speaking request “in the same manner as I would treat any request.”
Blunt advice: Cleveland.com’s Jackie Borchardt