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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


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1Ytownnative(1114 comments)posted 2 years, 8 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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2Letstryagain(189 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Now we can llisten to the elected officials in southern Ohio complain about the money used to support Lake Erie coastline, the industrial manufacturing base, and the state resource that will be spend on the blossoming shale energy boom.

An how abot Fitzgerald, Cuyahoga country administrator for how long? Now he wants to be Governor of the State. I think he is a competent guy from what I read and hear, but it is time to grow some whiskers in the current position.

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3chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

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

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4NoBS(2268 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Kasich doesn't want to divert the Turnpike money to balance the state budget - he wants to hike the tolls - paid mainly by people in the north part of the state - and use the extra money to take the place of the gasoline tax that we're also paying, and also entitled to a portion of. And he wants to take the gas tax the entire state pays and use it for the benefit of select areas of his choosing.

Why is this so hard for the Kasich KoolAid Krew to understand?

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