The Ohio Farm Bureau issued an “Action Alert” to their members this week asking them to oppose any plan by the Governor or the legislature to privatize the Ohio Turnpike.
In a video distributed with the email, Lorain County Farm Bureau President and Christmas Tree Farmer Al Divencenzo describes how the Turnpike provides him an efficient and well-maintained route for move his products to and from the market.
While Divencenzo stops short of saying a lease of the Turnpike will raise his cost of doing business, that is exactly why he and the rest of the Farm Bureau leadership are concerned about Kasich’s plan.
And they certainly aren’t the only ones. As we mentioned this morning, Ohio’s auto industry relies heavily on the Turnpike, as do many, many other businesses in the 13 counties crossed by the Turnpike, and throughout the state.
As we work our way out of the worst economy crisis since the great Depression, do we really want Kasich selling off Ohio’s Turnpike and negatively impacting thousands of Ohio businesses simply so the Governor can get his hands on a limited, one-time-only sum of cash for his own pet projects?
We’re heard Kasich’s plan might be announced as early as this week. We expect even more trade and industry groups, and large and small businesses to come out against Kasich’s proposal.