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Local lawmakers speak out on Kasich's turnpike plan
LaRose, Clyde want new money to stay in Northern Ohio

Jasen Sokol
Gov. John Kasich touched on his plan to issue bonds against the Ohio Turnpike in Tuesday's State of the State address.
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Some local lawmakers spoke out after Tuesday’s State of the State speech about Gov. Kasich’s plan to restructure the Ohio Turnpike Commission.

Kasich says his plan would involve issuing $1.5 billion in bonds that could be used to fund infrastructure improvements across the state.

But State Sen. Frank LaRose is worried. The Copley Republican thinks the additional revenue should stay in the region.

LaRose on Kasich's turnpike plan

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“It’s the people of northern Ohio who have invested in that road over the years and we should get the dividend, if you will, if this plan goes through.”

Democratic State Rep. Kathleen Clyde of Kent says the turnpike plan represents broken promises.

“The money is not dedicated to Northern Ohio as the governor originally promised and the language about tolls not being increased is also not in the plan.”

Kasich says tolls for short trips in passenger cars will be frozen for 10 years and other tolls will be capped at the rate of inflation. His plan also includes a name change for the Turnpike Commission to the “Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission”

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