infrastructure

photo of Richard Cordray at construction site
JO INGLES / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

The Democrat who wants to be Ohio’s next governor says the state needs to repair its roads and bridges, make sure all of the state has access to broadband internet, and invest in public transportation.

Richard Cordray says he wants the state to issue a bond package to allow it to borrow money to make improvements to roads, bridges, broadband internet and public transit. But he emphasizes that effort won’t involve a tax hike.

photo of construction sign
KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The candidates for governor appear to have different approaches on how they’d pay for infrastructure, with construction costs going up and gas tax revenue declining.

Republican Mike DeWine told a group of agencies that work with local communities that he’d appoint a blue ribbon task force to study how to best pay for infrastructure fixes, saying that panel would need to make recommendations quickly. And DeWine says if a tax hike is suggested, he’d be open to a candid conversation on that.

photo of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

While President Trump and the Russia investigation continue to dominate headlines, net neutrality, NAFTA, health care and infrastructure are among the top topics on Capitol Hill this week. We spoke with Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown about what’s moving and what’s stalled.

Near the intersection U.S. 30 with Ohio 9 in Columbiana County
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U.S. Route 30 has been gradually rebuilt over decades into a third east-west, four-lane highway across most of Ohio -- except for a 35-mile stretch on the eastern end.  State and federal funding for that ran out years ago.

Since then, local officials in area have had no luck getting Washington or Columbus to come up with even seed money for a project restart. But, they keep trying.  And they continue tweaking plans for the construction if it ever happens.

The President with union supporters in Richfield, OH
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The president 's visit to Richfield was billed as a presentation of his infrastructure revitalization plan. But it was also a kind of campaign stop.

The president’s opening to the audience of construction workers and trade union members was campaign-like.

“Remember, you can’t win unless you win the State of Ohio, right? (applause)…you can’t…(applause)."

And he described how his $1.5 trillion infrastructure initiative would help them -- Ohio and workers nationwide. That seemed to be what many in the audience wanted to hear.

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