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House passes turnpike plan (video)

Local officials voice worries

March 1, 2013

Democrat lawmakers from Trumbull and Mahoning counties opposed a proposal that passed the Ohio House late Thursday that implements Republican Gov....

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Mar-20-13 11:43 AM

If only the politicians and state, local and fed govt went to the accounting classes we did, and had to rely on the same pension and insurances we have to, then and only then would we see them become accountable and act in the best interest of "the people." Corruption abounds. Power corrupts...absolute power corrupts completely!!!!

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Mar-02-13 12:38 PM

Poohbear: PA has toll roads all over the place, including I-376... They have proposed, again, making I-80 a toll road. Ohio should follow suit. Why is the only toll road in Ohio in the north? If funds are going to be spread out all over the state, the other roads should also be toll roads.

Or make the turnpike free, as was originally intended.

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Mar-02-13 8:40 AM

I've live in this state since the late sixty's, so I not new to the politics here. As far back as I can remember, any time the GOP was in control we suffered. They raped what ever they could from the citizens of Ohio, and their friends got rich. But for some stupid reason we elect enough of them again, and they have control of our state. Past laws and agreements are suppose to be abided by. If that's not so, then we can throw our constitution and Bill of Rights out the window. An this just doesn't happen here in Ohio, but all across this country. Even part of their oath says, they are to abide by the laws, protect, and preserve the laws of the state of Ohio. But with politicians today, those are just words. An that's the same with both parties, not just the GOP. Their oath should be, I promise to screw as many citizens of Ohio, and make my friends and special interests rich. Because that's all they do today.

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Mar-02-13 8:24 AM

The Ohio Turnpike was suppose to become a free interstate many years ago, but those in power changed that back then. The monies raised from then on, was suppose to maintain the turnpike and other roads in the area. This is what happens when you have young lawmakers don't know what past agreements are. Instead of researching for past agreements, they just try to get away with whatever they want to do. The state violated the original commitment that once paid for it was to become a free road. Now some idiot wants to violate the second agreement made to the citizens of Ohio. Two problems in this country is, we Americans tend to forget things and we don't stand up for our rights. Instead of things getting better, they only get worse. An we have no one to blame, but ourselves. This situation would never hold up in a court of law.

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Mar-02-13 12:00 AM

These clown politicians in NE Ohio crack me up. "It's not fair?" CRY ME A RIVER - how do you think the rest of the state feels about supporting your sorry behinds and backwards way of thinking all of these years. As if nobody but the residents of your little fiefdom pay tolls on that road? Maybe there should be a special exemption for people who DON'T live in the area NOT to have to pay for "your road" ... and then we'll watch it crumble just like the streets in Warren, and Youngstown, and Cleveland, and Toledo... Come crying back in a decade or two if, in fact, this doesn't do exactly what it is said to do for the good of the state of Ohio "North of I-30".

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Mar-01-13 9:55 PM

Question; has the turnpike bonds all been paid off? If not WHY would the governor siphen money off of the Turnpike revenue? Shouldn't he be paying it off? If the turnpike is debt free then it should become a free highway. That was the understanding that the Ohio citizens had when they passed the original bond issue in the 1950's.

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Mar-01-13 12:19 PM

PA tried that with I 80. Federal Courts said NO. I am against making all interstates toll roads. The Turnpike money is paid mostly by people who live in Northeast Ohio. That money should stay here!

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Mar-01-13 11:31 AM

FamilyGuy: I'd like t see all of those other major interstates converted into toll roads. Since we are going to be supporting the rest of the sate, they might as well chip in too.

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Mar-01-13 11:20 AM

This is becoming a real Trojan Horse.

The Turnpike should be kept out of the ODOT culture of corruption in Columbus.

Any share of new Turnpike revenues dedicated to North East Ohio will simply replace our share of regular Ohio road funds, which we would otherwise be entitled to, which will then be used elsewhere in the state.

Ohio leaders, please keep the promise made to Ohioans when the original bond levies were approved and pay off the debt and convert the road to a freeway such as I-70, I-71, I-75, and I-77 which serve the other areas of our state.

Don't use our area to support a cash cow for the benefit of the rest of the state.

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Mar-01-13 9:17 AM

Sounds to me like our trusted servant in the governors office is merely being a true politician of the Washington D.C. variety. Anyone remember when Pelosi wanted the bill to pass so we could find out what's in it? There will be plenty of suprises in this one for sure. Just wait and see folks! More will be revealed when it is way too late to do anything about it.

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Mar-01-13 8:03 AM

This is simple. Since democrat lawmakers from trumbull and mahoning county oppose the bill it must be a good bill. Democrat politicians from the valley haven't got anything right in 45 years. There opinion should serve as a warning of what not to do.

Warren Proud - tell us how great the infrastructure in Warren and Y-town is.

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Mar-01-13 7:14 AM

Also on the political arena. It just seems like, "we the people," and our opinions and beliefs do not matter to anyone, across any political party anymore. Slowly, we are losing are rights, privacy, freedom. They are following their own agendas, and in the process feeding their insatiable appetites for power and control.

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Mar-01-13 7:10 AM

They are basically saying an area of the state like Cincinnati, Columbus etc. that are thriving area.....have earned the right over other areas to have the money funneled there. They are putting the money where the greatest possible return is. IMHO

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Mar-01-13 6:53 AM

It has been said that the turnpike is an OHIO asset, that being the case money derived from it should go towards the "building and renovation" of Ohio's infrastructure. Kasich is the governor of OHIO not just NE Ohio, so far he's done a pretty good job, let's let him continue.

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Mar-01-13 6:44 AM

So now I have to be a hyphenated Ohioan. If it benefits all of Ohio then that is good. Who knows, I just might take interstate 70 west someday.

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Mar-01-13 5:24 AM

Bad idea - Bad Kasich. Watch the Turnpike go down the infrastructure tubes like everything else has in Northern Ohio. Then again, I don't hardly ever drive it, so who cares.

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