Cleveland residents came to City Council asking members to move on seating the Black Women and Girls Commission. The commission was created in June 2022 but has no members or budget. Another public commenter urged support for Cleveland Public Library workers.
The Public Comment CLE website has all of the week’s comments and transcripts, edited by Cleveland Documenter Gennifer Harding-Gosnell.
Black women and girls
Chinenye Nkemere, of Cleveland, challenged city officials to move forward with seating the Black Women and Girls Commission, which was created last summer but has not been seated and does not have a budget.
Supporting library workers
Terry Metter, Ward 15, representing Cleveland Public Library workers, said that the ranks of unionized library staff have shrunk from 800 in 2006 to 495 currently. He asked council to meet with and advocate for the workers.
State flat tax
Ohio Rep. Terrence Upchurch , who represents much of Cleveland, asked council members to pass a resolution opposing House Bill 1, proposed state legislation that would get rid of current income tax brackets and replace them with 2.75% “flat tax” on income over $26,050.