Sen. Brown calls for more Ohioans on CVG board

Cincinnati Enquirer

Washington is now involved in calling for change on the embattled board that oversees the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, sent a letter to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday calling for the restructuring of the Kenton County Airport Board to allow Ohio residents to serve as voting members.

Brown is the latest politician – and the first Washington leader – to call for change on a board under state investigation for lavish spending on travel, food and alcohol. The Enquirer first disclosed the board's questionable spending last fall, and Brown said ongoing coverage by the region's daily newspaper prompted his letter to Beshear.

"While it is estimated that more than 60 percent of passengers departing from the airport are Ohio residents, Ohio representatives on the airport's advisory board do not have an actual vote in the board's decision-making process," Brown, from Cleveland, wrote in the letter. "It is time to ensure that representatives of all users of the airport have a meaningful voice on the board."

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