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Kasich’s plan will create jobs

Published: Mon, March 4, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Kasich’s plan will create jobs

Did Congressman Tim Ryan even read the Ohio Jobs and Transportation plan before he went on the attack the other day? The Ohio Turnpike is one of our state’s most important assets. As one of Congressman Ryan’s constituents, I’m deeply offended that Ryan would stoop to such lows and attack something that benefits Youngstown.

Traveling through some of Ohio’s most densely populated areas, the turnpike is vital to Ohio’s economic outlook.

Gov. John Kasich’s Ohio Jobs and Transportation Plan calls for generating $1.5 billion in new revenue for the turnpike by issuing bonds backed by future turnpike revenue. When potential local and federal matching funds are added to this figure, it becomes almost $3 billion, and generates more money for Ohio and the Mahoning Valley. These funds will be put to use expanding and improving Ohio’s highway system, helping to facilitate economic development and creating jobs.

The plan Gov. Kasich has come up with is a clear solution to maximize the turnpike’s strengths, minimize its weaknesses, and position Youngstown and NE Ohio in the fast lane of economic growth.

President Obama continues to emphasize the importance of investing in our nation’s transportation infrastructure which will enhance economic growth.

So why is Congressman Tim Ryan stuck in the slow lane?

Tracey Winbush, Youngstown


1ytownboy22(65 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Tracy Winbush may be well intentioned, but she is not very smart. Because of her politics, she will follow Kasich over a cliff. If a Dem governor had proposed what Kasich proposed as it pertains to the Turnpike, she would have screamed bloody murder. All due respect to the Congressman, he is irrelevant to Kasich's plans. Now we have Kasich trying to operate a government program in secret, no accountability. He says that, in spite of the millions of dollars in state money, his program is not subject to the scrutiny of the state auditor. Because it is coming from her guy, she is willing to give cart blanche and let government be conducted in secret, public dollars being assigned a private agency with no government action making it so. Forget Tim Ryan, who serves in our U.S. Congress, stand up for accountability and transparency and demand an accounting of those public dollars. PS in spite of her nincompoopery, the Kasich crew won't even back up their promises about how they intend to direct those funds leveraged at the Turnpike. Does that concern Ms. Winbush or is it OK since she feels a kinship with this particular Gov?

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