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Columbus Mayor Coleman’s Wildly Expensive Bridge

July 26th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From Robert Vitale in The Dispatch:

People will gather near its one-of-a-kind arch, tilted 10 degrees north up the Scioto River like a jump rope on a perpetual downswing. They’ll hold festivals on its separate pedestrian deck – a “balcony for the city” in the words of bridge designer Spiro Pollalis – or they’ll just take a walk there and admire the skyline.

They won’t remember that the bridge was finished more than four years late at triple the cost projected when Coleman first picked the design. What started as a $19.5 million bridge will end up consuming $60.1 million in federal, state and local tax dollars by the time it opens this week.

Coleman has an answer to those who say it’s too expensive or took too long: “I imagine they said the same thing about the Brooklyn Bridge.”

Did we just buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

In 1995, the old Main Street bridge was crumbling. The concrete structure finished in 1937 was at the end of its life, engineers told the City Council at the time, and it was time to replace it or repair it. They said the bridge could be replaced for $9 million, despite the fact that a new, no-frills Broad Street bridge just up the river had cost $13.2 million just a few years earlier. In 2001, the city hired engineering firm DLZ, of Columbus, to begin plans for a new Main Street bridge. The mayor reached out to Pollalis, who was designing sweeping arched bridges in Europe, and asked the engineering firm to bring him on as a subcontractor.

A professor of design, technology and management at the Harvard School of Design, Pollalis had written a book called What Is a Bridge? In it, he argued that bridges can be more than a means to cross a river. They can provide a focal point for economic development. They can draw people to a place and help them enjoy it. They can be art.

So a pretty bridge encourages economic activity and growth…. got that?

Will this bridge stimulus will offset the damage done to Columbus’ economy after the 2009 25% city income tax increase, which was supported by unfortunately supported by a short-sighted business community?

I often wonder how this city would survive the wrath of corrupt, bit-city Democrats if state government and The Ohio State University weren’t here.

Coleman commented from a trip to Athens, Greece that “Nobody thinks today what the Parthenon cost.” Venereal diseases have really taken their toll on Mike’s brain.

Saturday: “Ohio Taxed to the Max Rally” in Columbus, 2pm

January 27th, 2010 Matt Comments off

From Americans for Prosperity:

Please join Americans for Prosperity, OH (AFP-OH), the Columbus Tea Party, Ohio Freedom Alliance, Citizens United to End Ohio’s Estate Tax, Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes, and Ohio Citizens Accounting Standards Board at a rally demanding that Ohio’s legislature get spending under control and stop treating taxpayers like an ATM every time they run out of cash. The rally will be held in front of a 15-foot-tall inflatable ATM machine to drive the point home that Ohio’s citizens are “Already Taxed to the Max.”

Date: Saturday, January 30th, 2pm

Location: Hyatt on Capitol Square in Columbus.

I’ve heard that Auditor candidate Seth Morgan and Senate candidate Rob Portman have confirmed that they will attend. Are you going or know of other candidates who will be there? Then please leave a comment. Thank you

Remember How Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman Desperately Had to Raise Income Taxes to Pay for Police and Fire?

January 23rd, 2010 Matt View Comments

Yeah…. me too:

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Your Federal Stimulus Dollars Hard at Work… for Bike Lockers!

December 14th, 2009 Matt Comments off

From The Dispatch:

Bicycle shelters. Bicycle parking. Bicycle lockers.

The drive to make Columbus more bicycle-friendly is shifting into gear as enthusiasts and officials decide how to use a $490,000 federal grant from a program aimed at improving energy efficiency and conservation.

A proposal by the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District calls for four shelters and three “secure parking” areas for bicycles Downtown. Bike lockers and parking areas in five Downtown garages also are under consideration.

“I wouldn’t say that any of these are set in stone,” said Cleve Ricksecker, the district’s executive director.

This is that supposedly part of those mystical job creation numbers No job numbers are estimated, but someone will be hired to build these “secure” bike parking areas… sometime around 2011. And Columbus will set aside $147,000 of the grant for upkeep and walkin’ around money.

Thanks to President Barry, all of our bikes will safe! thank goodness

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Ted Strickland’s TurnAround Ohio Plan Keeps Working: 11.2% Unemployment!

August 21st, 2009 Matt Comments off

From the ODJFS:

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 11.2 percent in July, up slightly from 11.1 percent in June, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 9,800 over the month, from 5,113,100 in June to 5,122,900 in July.

“Ohio’s labor market remained relatively unchanged in July,” ODJFS Director Douglas Lumpkin said. “Job gains in service-providing industries were partially offset by job losses in goods-producing sectors.”

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 664,000, up from 663,000 in June. The number of unemployed has increased by 265,000 in the past 12 months from 399,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 6.7 percent in July 2008.

When reached for comment about why the unemployment rate has more than doubled on the Governor’s watch and Ohio now ranks “next to last in economic performance,” Strickland’s robot spokesbabe Amanda Wurst once again said:


And in unexpected news, even with OSU and so many government jobs existing in Columbus, the city is apparently worse off than Cleveland. Congratulations Columbus, and good luck with your higher income tax!

At this point, I would typically take yet another obligatory and gratuitous shot at the Governor. But this time, I’ll turn the stage over to SoS Jennifer Brunner, who had this to say to Brent Larkin:

“As one of my supporters in Cleveland suggested, by the time we get to 2010, the governor will be held by the people of Ohio squarely responsible for the economy — deservedly or not,” (Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner) told me last week. “If you have on the top of the ballot the person responsible for Ohio’s economy [Strickland] and the one responsible for providing jobs for Ohio [Fisher, in his former role as development director], that’s not going to play well for Democrats.”

Behold! Columbus Issue 1 in Action!

August 16th, 2009 Matt Comments off

A portion of Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman’s city income tax hike will be immediately absorbed by the Ohio EPA’s Environmental Protection Fund.

Joe “tax lovin’” Hallett vs. Emily “bone crusher” Riemer

August 11th, 2009 Matt View Comments

They debated the results Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman’s city income tax ballot issue. When it was over, only one was left standing…

Quote of the Day

August 6th, 2009 Matt Comments off

In a depressing Other Paper cover-story by Lyndsey Teter (the Teet!) about the passage of Columbus’ income tax hike, Terry Casey said this, which is Right Ohio’s quote of the day:

“When you have a million-plus from the business community—plus a newspaper PR firm that helped the propaganda ministry, everyone’s going to be coming back with, ‘you owe me,’” he said.

And Mrs. Teeter takes a healthy shot at the Mayor:

Coleman was at his magnanimous best, however, on the podium at Issue 1’s election night victory party, breathing such a hefty sigh at the end of a long list of “thank-yous” that it prompted laughter from supporters gathered at the Harrison West Community Center.

“I’ve always said that victory has a thousand fathers,” he said afterward, refusing—for the most part, anyway—to detail how he, personally, contributed to fathering Issue 1’s success.

“Let’s let other people talk about that,” he said. “I like the idea of not making it more—it’s not just all about me.”

Those who remember the man who had, only a year earlier, boldly “declared battle” at a sweaty press conference in front of City Center might ask, “Since when?”

I cringed while reading that. After all, victory may have a thousand fathers, but Coleman may be the father of a thousand children.

July 29th, 2009 Matt View Comments

Isn’t it interesting that this Columbus pro-tax increase campaign website has NO disclaimer? They are also running ads without dislaimers too, including on and have been for a couple weeks. Someone should file a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission, as they are in clear violation of the law.

In addition, Lee Roberts, Mike Brown, and all the other Coleman Hacks couldn’t even find one of the many Columbus-area tech-lefties to design their website. Instead, the statists outsourced their shady tax-and-spend campaign to North Carolina:

Registrant Name:Clay Schossow
Registrant Organization:new media campaigns
Registrant Street1:605 W. Main St.
Registrant Street2:Suite 206
Registrant City:Carrboro
Registrant State/Province:North Carolina
Registrant Postal Code:27612
Registrant Phone:+1.9193387830
Registrant Email:

In addition, the pro-Issue 1 campaign has recieved no money from the Fraternal Order of Police or International Association of Firefighters. So firefighters didn’t support this campaign at all, but that didn’t stop Coleman’s scumbags from trying to scare voters into thinking that if they don’t vote for this income tax increase, then YOUR HOUSE WILL NOT BE SAVED IF ON FIRE AND YOUR FAMILY WILL DIE! AHHHH!! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES AND VOTE!!!!!:

protectourfirefighters(Click to enlarge)

Here is a screen capture of their ad running on ABC 6 and NBC 4 in Columbus:

Columbus City Workers Make Big Bucks

July 29th, 2009 Matt Comments off

From Pat Preston of NBC 4:

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NEWS FLASH: New Columbus City Finance Chief Arrested in 2008, Urinated

July 29th, 2009 Matt Comments off

Click here to read.

Raise My Taxes, Please!

July 28th, 2009 Matt Comments off

I’d expect that sort of talk from Blundering Blundo, but Jim Tressel?


I was under the impression that Jim Tressel is an old fashioned, apolitical conservative Catholic. But stranger things have happened, such as staunch Republican Woody Hayes endorsing Ben Espy.

Columbus City Hall Pays Big Bucks for Building Space

July 28th, 2009 Matt View Comments

From NBC 4:

But of course Mayor Coleman can’t be troubled with such trivial budgetary questions. After all, we have a city income tax increase to campaign for!

Perhaps Mike Brown, a dirtbag from Mayor Coleman’s office, can leave another unprofessional comment on my blog about this subject too?

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Issue 1 Update: Excessive Overtime for Columbus City Employees

July 26th, 2009 Matt View Comments

Lynn Walsh of the Buckeye Institute on Dirk Thompson’s radio show (610 AM WTVN) provided Columbus residents with some fascinating research they should keep in mind before voting for Mayor Mike Coleman’s proposed income tax increase:

Click here to listen.

The verbose callers on AM radio are always great fun, and I’d trust them to run the city long before handing the keys over to the tax-raising womanizer who currently runs the show. (Yeah, I said womanizer… As in saying: Mike Coleman probably wanted a Federal appointment from President Obama, but his FBI background check would read like a poorly-written, cheesy romance novel.)

Bill Todd vs. the Columbus Income Tax Hike Proposal

July 21st, 2009 Matt Comments off

From the Issue 1 Campaign PR Firm Columbus Dispatch:

If Columbus truly needs more money to keep police and firefighters on the job, officials should promise to dedicate all the money from a proposed tax increase to public safety, a leading opponent said yesterday.

Instead, the estimated $90 million to $100 million from higher income taxes “can be for anything the cronies at City Hall want,” said Bill Todd, a former mayoral candidate who now heads the anti-tax group Basics First.[...]

Todd [...] called the tax proposal a blank check for city leaders with no guarantee it would go toward the things they promise, such as reconvening classes for police and fire recruits, reopening 11 recreation centers, and restoring weekly yard-waste pickup citywide.

He said levying higher taxes on people who work in the city would only chase away jobs and residents.

“For us to raise taxes is hanging up a red-letter sign saying Ohio is closed for business,” he said. “It’s the last thing we ought to do to poor, hardworking Ohioans in the middle of a recession.”

It is always fascinating to watch The Dispatch carefully write about the Columbus income tax hike debate and bury opposing viewpoints deep within its pages, as its passage would greatly benefit their publisher: John Wolfe.

Mayor Mike Coleman, instead of doing the work of a responsible leader by tightening the city’s belt, wants to confiscate more income from people who work in Columbus. It is disgraceful, and I’m glad to see Bill Todd out there speaking the truth about Columbus’ entrenched special interests.

Columbus Income Tax Increase

July 5th, 2009 Matt Comments off

Icolman-muscleladies‘ll write more on this subject soon, but here is an article today showing Columbus City Council candidate Matt Ferris raising hell about the proposed .5% income tax increase. (Here is Matt’s website.)

This is fabulous news, considering that a lot of spineless and formerly-conservative Republicans are supporting the increase, in addition to the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

The statists decided to put this issue on a special ballot, in hopes that low turnout would improve its chances.

I’ve been trying to dig into this story more, but the problem is- Many entities which would benefit from the tax increase aren’t subject to the same disclosure rules as government is. Something here stinks, but there isn’t enough time to get to the bottom of it as early voting has already started.

Franklin County GOP Chairman Doug Preisse assured me that their city council candidates will soon unveil a detailed alternative plan for how the city can operate without this tax increase. That is good news, but it is ridiculous how the current Columbus leadership isn’t expected to get creative with budget cuts, too. And really, why should they? After all, they are just big city Democrats, so this sort of incompetence is expected.

One thing that stuck out in Robert Vitale’s article is that Columbus’ public relations office costs $1.6 million/year in salaries. Since it has already been done for Mayor Mike Coleman’s tax increase campaign, couldn’t the city save that money by outsourcing the rest of the city’s PR apparatus to The Columbus Dispatch?

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