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Dem officeholders criticized Kasich turnpike proposal

Published: Tue, December 18, 2012 @ 8:40 p.m.

LORDSTOWN — Local Democratic officeholders and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald criticized Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to borrow $1.5 billion, leveraging Ohio Turnpike tolls, for infrastructure improvements.

FitzGerald, a Democrat considering a 2014 run for governor, said today that pressure from elected officials in the northern part of the state, the location of the 241-mile turnpike, played a role in Kasich’s decision to not privatize the highway.

The plan, unveiled last week by Kasich, a Republican, would have about 90 percent of the money raised used for projects on or near the turnpike.

The money collected from the state’s gas tax would go to the southern portion of Ohio. Those in the north would continue to pay gas taxes, but roads and bridges there wouldn’t be funded through that tax.

“The state’s gas tax is now being diverted from the northern part of the state,” FitzGerald said. “It’s an increased tax on northern Ohio. It’s a shell game.”

But Rob Nichols, Kasich’s spokesman, said, “It’s blind political ambition that’s putting [FitzGerald] in the position to oppose this. He’s doing a disservice to the northern part of the state.”

For the complete story, read Wednesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1Ytownnative(1036 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Of course they do. and if a democrat had done the same thing it would of been the greatest thing in the world

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2chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

No problem when Gov Ted Strickland diverted the Tobacco Fund settlement to balance the budget.

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3olddude(201 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

And what would Fitzys plan be....Make I77, I75 and I71 all toll roads? Lots of new money to be generated and spent in that PROGRESSIVE way..... Or maybe only charge non-Buckeye license plates a toll and triple it..Would make traveling and doing business here really welcome..

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