From the daily archives: Monday, December 10, 2012

Today, John Kasich announced that he will reveal his plan to unlock a pile of cash from the Turnpike this week, likely Thursday. If I had to guess, I’d say he’s going to hand over control to ODOT who will issue bonds against future toll revenue in order to pay for Kasich’s political pet transportation projects.

But nothing really surprises me about Kasich anymore.

Given that JobsOhio still can’t work out a bond deal for liquor profits because of the constitutional uncertainty, it also wouldn’t shocking if Kasich went a different direction and entered a decades-long lease with a private […]

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Governor Kasich has asked Ohioans to be patient and to “keep an open mind” while we wait for the results of his $3.4 Million KPMG turnpike study to be officially released.    Kasich wants us to think he is anxiously waiting to review the results so he can make the best decision possible for the Ohio Turnpike.  But make no mistake: his mind was made up long before consultants ever started billing the state for their time.

Yesterday we confirmed a top ODOT manager believed the consultants were hired specifically to help support Kasich’s plans to lease the turnpike.  Additional documents […]

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Since the November election, several developments have put marriage equality front and center in the national debate again.  You’ll remember that on election night, 3 states voted to legalize same-sex marriage (Washington, Maine, and Maryland), while one voted to reject a same-sex marriage ban (Minnesota).  The Supreme Court recently said they would not only take up same sex marriage by reviewing California’s 2008 ballot measure Proposition 8 which amended the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, but will also hear a challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

Dr. Martin Luther King […]

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Back in July the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) issued a statement opposing Governor Kasich’s plans to lease the Ohio Turnpike: “OOIDA strongly opposes the long-term lease or sale of infrastructure to private groups.”

As Kasich prepares to announce his proposal for the Ohio Turnpike, the group continues to oppose any plans that would turn over the road to private investors.

OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer told Plunderbund that “selling or leasing the Ohio Turnpike is poor public policy”. “Putting public roads up for auction is a pawn shop mentality; quick cash up front in exchange for something the Governor has […]

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