Politics Chat: Why Issue 3 Never Had A Chance With Cincinnati Voters

May 7, 2021

Issue 3, the ballot issue that would have committed the city of Cincinnati to placing $50 million a year into an Affordable Housing Trust Fund, was crushed by city voters Tuesday, with only 27% voting yes.

WVXU's Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about why voters rejected the issue.

It was, Wilkinson says, a poorly conceived plan that had almost universal opposition from the powers-that-be in Cincinnati - labor unions, the business community, all three political parties and most of the candidates in the mayoral primary. And the opposition spent nearly $500,000 to defeat it.