Budget Cuts

Wright-Patt
11:08 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Wright-Patt Seeks Cost Savings Through Partnerships

Colonel Cassie Barlow heads the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson AFB.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is seeking out new community partnerships in 2014 in order to cut costs in response to ongoing budget troubles. With the wind-down of two wars and a trend towards trimming in Washington, Wright-Patt is looking for ways to control basic forms of spending on the base.

“As budgets continue to decrease,” said Colonel Cassie Barlow, head of the 88th Air Base Wing, “the Air Force looking for alternative ways to support its mission and to really maintain the quality of life that we’re used to, for our airmen and for their family members.”

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Around the Miami Valley
7:54 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Levy Failures Lead To Budget Cuts For Disability Services

The Clark County agency that helps disabled people find work and live independently is facing $4 million in budget cuts after two consecutive levy defeats. The Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities has come up with a three-year strategic plan in order to maintain services to the disabled in the area.

The Developmental Disabilities Board previously had passed every levy request it had placed on the ballot since 1967. But voters in 2012 and 2013 rejected the request and now the organization is facing steep cuts.  

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Politics
7:41 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Bipartisan Budget Deal Curbs Sequestration, But Still Hits Federal Employees

Rep. Mike Turner (R-10th) spoke last month on the possible impacts of sequestration.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Dayton-area leaders are breathing sighs of relief as the proposed budget deal in Congress appears to be ending the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.

“This deal would prevent the sequester for a 2-year period, and it also would give certainty to the Department of Defense,” said Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio’s 10th district. He’s relieved by the outcome after a year of belt-tightening for lots of government bodies, including the Pentagon. With the proposed deal the Pentagon avoids $20 billion in would-be sequestration cuts.

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Hedge Fund-Backed Rental Company Wins Back $184,000 From Huber Heights City Budget

Property values in Montgomery County have declined since the Recession, making purchases like the Huber Homes cheaper for investors.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Last month WYSO reported that an Illinois-based hedge fund had purchased about one in eleven homes in the town of Huber Heights. The company made national news by asking Montgomery County to reduce its property taxes by over a million dollars. Now the results are in—and they weren’t as hard on the local budget as expected.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Got Debt? Ohio College Students Are Banking On It

Credit SalFalko / Flickr Creative Commons

College applications deadlines are approaching, and Ohio students are facing the daunting question of how to fund their education. Financial aid is down in the state, and student debt is up.

The total budget for need-based aid in the state of Ohio peaked in 2008 at $183 million, while the 2013 budget is just $86 million. Budget cuts in 2009 are responsible for a lot of that change, and while federal Pell Grant funding has increased dramatically, that growth has been outpaced by increases in tuition and living costs.

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