On Monday Kasich’s ODOT Director Jerry Wray seemed to be backtracking on the Governor’s promise to spend 90% of any potential Turnpike bond money in Northern Ohio.

We don’t want to “set some sort of arbitrary number or percentage,” Wray told Gongwer.  “I hope the governor agrees with me.”

Turnpike4SaleThinWe can only guess what Kasich thinks, but evidence seems to indicate that he’s cool with it.

For starters, nothing in his transportation bill requires any percentage of the bond money to be spent in Northern Ohio,

And in Ohio House hearings this morning Wray and Turnpike Director Richard Hodges continued to push back against any requirement to provide a guaranteed percentage of the potential turnpike bond funds to the northern part of the state – even when pounded with questions from legislators from the northern part of the state.

Kasich is the one who promised “more than 90% of the revenues directed to infrastructure would go ‘directly to northern Ohio highway projects’.”

Now he’s leaving it to his agency directors to deliver the bad news.

Hopefully we still have a few reporters brave enough to ask Kasich why he’s breaking his promise to the people of Northern Ohio.  We’re looking forward to reading the angry quotes from Rob Nichols in tomorrow’s papers.


  • anastasiap

    100% or nothing. If they want to fund programs around the state, slap a toll on I-70. God, Kasich is the WORST. He makes Bob Taft look like a paragon of effectiveness and competence,

  • Taft was no extremist. He actually got union support too (OEA) and attended union events. He refused to alter Collective Bargaining and worked with statehouse Dems…alas, those days are long gone…

  • wetsu

    My guess is that the administration feels that they have northwest Ohio all but in their hip pocket. If you look at how the rural areas stay essentially in lock-step with the republicans my thinking is that they feel pretty safe robbing them of the turnpike and, in turn, targeting the money anywhere they need to in order to curry favor for the next election. This is not to demean rural citizens, many are hard-working people who trust that their state rep is looking out for them.

  • duckmonkeyman

    Many rural citizens blindly believe in the Republicans and don’t really question these policies until it negatively impacts them. We still have police, firefighters and teachers who vote Republican. They do so by buying into the Republican brand rather than deeply examining the long term impact. Very easily fooled, unfortunately.

  • dmoore2222

    I agree but this could be another miscalculation like SB5 was. I still think most Ohians, whether republican or democrat, value fairness and honesty. I wouldn’t count on anyone in that Turnpike corridor favoring this boondoggle.

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