Dear fellow tax hikers, as you know the movement to bring a big Light Rail Sales Tax hike to Hamilton County began many years before our blog launched in 2007. And one of its long-time supporters is tax hiking expert Walt Reuszer. From an August 2000 article:
Reuszer has worked hard this election cycle with his former neighbor Micah Kamrass to raise taxes, promote light rail, and kill babies through all 9 months of pregnancy. The primary reason behind Reuszer's support for Kamrass is because Reuszer is a sore loser (just like us) who can't handle that the voters rejected his friend Rick Bryan. However, there is more to it than Walt's butt-hurt feelings.
Kamrass, Reuszer, and other public transit advocates like us are working together to bring concepts like Light Rail and Streetcars to all of Hamilton County. AND the higher taxes these systems require.
At the sole debate between Kamrass and his evil opponent Jonathan Dever, Kamrass stated around the 22-23 minute mark that we "need to invest in a regional transportation plan" and he wants "all of it (Hamilton County) connected in a regional transportation mode" - that sounds exactly like a multi-billion dollar Light Rail plan! He also wants us to "connect different parts of the state" - like the Ted Strickland 3C plan.
A minute or two later, Kamrass condemned Dever for opposing the Cincinnati Streetcar.
This is the kind of leadership needed to move Ohio forward. Reuszer knows we have to first elect people like Kamrass before we'll get the higher transit taxes that we deserve. We need Kamrass and his support for Light Rail and Streetcars. We know we can't enact light rail now - but by electing great leaders like Roxanne Qualls and Micah Kamrass, we can lay the groundwork to get it soon.