Some Democrats in northern Ohio aren’t impressed with Gov. John Kasich’s announcement that at least half of revenue from any deal with the Ohio Turnpike will be spend in their communities. Democratic Rep. Matt Lundy from Elyria says Kasich’s promise that half the money from a lease or a privatization deal would be spent on communities and projects north of Route 30 is one he shouldn’t make.
Lundy and other Democrats oppose the privatization or lease of the Ohio Turnpike, no matter how the proceeds are used. Lundy says he’s concerned that the Turnpike could come under the control of foreign interests, and that the best Ohio would get out of the deal would be an infusion of one-time money. Kasich has said his administration is still trying to determine the best plan for the Turnpike, which he calls an “underutilized asset”.