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Ohio Turnpike hiring new boss amid leasing debate



Published: Wed, November 2, 2011 @ 3:53 p.m.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Turnpike has hired a new executive director amid the debate over leasing the toll road.

The turnpike commission voted today to appoint former state Rep. Rick Hodges. The former turnpike commission member replaces George Distel, who retired in April. He starts Monday.

Hodges, a Republican, lived in Wauseon when he represented a northwest Ohio district in the House from 1993 to 1999. He currently is director of legislative development and operational reform at the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports Hodges had the backing of Gov. John Kasich for the turnpike job and will be paid $129,500 a year.

Kasich wants to lease the turnpike, a move he says will bring Ohio a financial windfall. Lease opponents fear higher tolls and shoddy maintenance.


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1VindyPost(436 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Not good for the State of Ohio... Just not good.
Kasick is dropping the big one on us!

Oh No...Republican Rick Hodges getting $130,000./year for an Ohio Catastophe?! A disasterous decision! (aka Lehman Bros., people...think hard.)
How the heck do we STOP this man?
Kasick keeps pushin' and pushin' on this turnpike of lease/sell to foreign investors!
A master of destruction, creating havoc, and our largest asset in Ohio will literally crumble and fall to pieces.
Good grief!!!!!

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2AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

BAD NEWS!
Get kasick out of Ohio and formally escort him back to McKeesport, PA where he was born and raised.

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3stuckinohiofornow(1 comment)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Ok Seriously? The GUV put Mr. Hodges in that comfy seat. That way, he has total control now over the Turnpike's future. Governor Kasih has now placed three of his people on the Commission and has assigned the Director. He is going for a slam dunk on the deal - Hook, Line and Sinker!
This is totally shameless.

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4chairman(12 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Kasich in the event that your ignorance has blinded you to the fact that the people of Ohio despise you please read the election results on next Wednesday you are going to get your A**
kicked on that issue!

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5khuz(7 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Rick Hodges plans on continuing to live in Hilliard, a Columbus suburb, the Turnpike Commission is in Berea where his new job is. What does that tell you! Kasich is trying to destroy the OTC and the people who work there.

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6Reedt(1 comment)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Gov. Kasich, has lied to the people of OHIO and will continue to LIE! Leasing the OHIO TURNPIKE is and will turn in to the worst catastrophe ever! There are many people who have jobs and work for the Ohio Turnpike! Many people will lose their jobs if he leases it out. The OHIO Turnpike is a self sustaining force! Too many people are too uneducated to know better. Kasich MUST GO!

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