Ohio Gov. John Kasich has dropped some hints of what’s likely to be included in the first state budget of his second term.
Kasich: Expect Turnpike Announcement This Week
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Gov. John Kasich is hinting strongly that a plan to lease the Ohio Turnpike is coming by the end of the week.
Gov. John Kasich has been talking about his turnpike plans for months, but not releasing many hints, other than to say that he considers the toll road an undervalued asset.
On Monday, he gave a group of county commissioners and county engineers advice on how to consider the turnpike.
â€œYou have some very important equipment that you have to service all the time. But itâ€™s sitting in a barn somewhere. And itâ€™s on your books. How many of you would allow that to just sit there? Youâ€™d try to figure out how to use that asset for sure because it means real money, real value for the citizens.â€
Kasich also told the group “the bulk of this money will be spent in the north,” implying that there is a plan for a lease. But Kasich wouldnâ€™t offer reporters much of a preview.
â€œWhat I would say about it is itâ€™s definitely a jobs program and we also are taking into account a lot of the concerns that we heard up north. We think weâ€™ve arrived at the right place and weâ€™ll have a lot more to say about this.â€
Kasich says heâ€™ll roll out the plan on Thursday and talk about it throughout the state.