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Mahoning commissioners oppose bill to privatize Ohio Turnpike

Published: Thu, October 13, 2011 @ 7:38 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County commissioners have adopted a resolution opposing Senate Bill 224, which would allow the state to privatize the Ohio Turnpike.

Commissioner Anthony T. Traficanti said during today’s meeting that the bill, sponsored by former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin and endorsed by Gov. John Kasich, would do little to ease the state’s projected $4 billion budget shortfall.

“Taking Ohio’s largest asset and using it for short-term financial gain is not the answer to balancing the state budget,” Traficanti said.

Selling or leasing the 241-mile turnpike to a private entity likely would

remove cost-control measures as well as a ceiling capping toll increases. In addition, the commissioner said, it would provide no guarantees that the road, built in the 1950s, would continue to be well maintained.

Such a plan also would likely put many trucking companies statewide out of business while greatly increasing traffic on secondary roads, he predicted. It also would negatively affect interstate commerce, Traficanti continued.

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1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

A BIG 10% rate increase is planned for 2012 for the pike. People will be going elsewhere on state roads rather then ride the pike with it's high rates. You can't continue to pay $24 for toll collectors to sit there and read their books. Privatizing the turnpike is a good thing and necessary to cut the cost of the pike and create private sector jobs with reasonable pay and benefits plus the paypout money will help the state of Ohio. Once again the DUMBOCRATS in Mahoning County don't get it.

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2countryboymark(25 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

right on UnionForever!

The turnpikes were built and originally meant to be sold...but the unions and politicians got in the way! Privatize everything! The government should not be in the business of business.

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