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Ohio's OT for snow removal piling up



Published: Wed, February 12, 2014 @ 9:35 a.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — The overtime that the state of Ohio is paying crews to keep roads cleared during this snowy winter may cut into road construction projects later in the year.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has a $2.8 billion budget. This winter, it already has spent $13.1 million on overtime for statewide snow and ice removal, up from about $9.8 million all of last year. Two years ago, the state spent $5.7 million on overtime.

“We’re going to make money available out of that $2.8 billion to get that [snow-removal] job done,” spokesman Steve Faulkner told The Columbus Dispatch for a story today. “Does that mean it could come at the cost of a project here or there later on as we move through this year? Sure. But we have an obligation to keep our roads safe, clear and passable to the motoring public.”

Ohio’s total cost for keeping roads clear so far this winter has been about $85.6 million, already higher than last winter and far higher than during the mild winter two years ago.

Ohio cities also are paying overtime trying to keep streets clear during a string of big snows this winter.


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1lajoci(200 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Overtime for shoveling snow?

Nonsense!

Those ridiculously paid public-sector workers should be thankful to have jobs, and should, as a gesture of gratitude for the tax-payer's generosity that results in their being paid, thankfully work those extra hours for free! Out of the goodness of their hearts!

Come on, snow-removal people!

Give it up for the hard-working, over-taxed taxpayer!

Volunteer to your duty! Donate your time and effort for the general benefit of the larger community around you!

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2Josephine(6 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

lajoci you must be a joke. Just wondering do you volunteer your time at your place of employment?
These employees that plow snow, regardless if they are public-sector workers deserve to be paid for their overtime just like anyone else. And let us not forget that they have to maneuver around all the idiots on the road who don't know how to drive, therefore risking their lives as well as the plow truck driver.

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3lajoci(200 comments)posted 6 months ago

(Ever hear of "irony," Josephine?" My comments were steeped in it. Thick with it. Cloaked in it. -- Look it up.)

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