Hamilton's Mayor has touched on a range of hot button issues during his annual State of the City address.
Bob Bratina discussed a casino, light rail transit, downtown development, the police budget and the firing of 29 city workers within his lunch hour speech to the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.
On the casino issue, Bratina insists that he hasn't decided where he stands.
He notes that proposals are still coming in and the horse racing situation is still evolving, adding that ultimately it will come down to weighing the benefits against the risks.
Bratina stressed that he'll continue to support the controversial 140 million dollar police budget, noting that residents called policing their #1 priority within a recent survey.
On the issue of downtown development, he voiced confidence that the city core is on its way to becoming a "tax generator" rather than a place to avoid. He cited developments such as the 16 storey Hilton Hotel and McMaster's Downtown Health Centre.