WTOL Editorial: Governor, let's keep that money here

WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland's new economic stimulus package seems unfair to Northwest Ohio. Here's why.

Currently, turnpike fees are used to help maintain the turnpike. Money spent beyond road improvements must be used for projects within one mile of the turnpike so the money goes to communities most affected by the turnpike. Makes sense.

Governor Strickland wants to eliminate the one-mile restriction. He wants to use the funds anywhere in Ohio.

State Representative Randy Gardner and others say not so fast. Gardner told me he's against eliminating the one-mile restrictions, but he doesn't think they can be saved. He's proposing an amendment which keeps the money in the vicinity of the turnpike.

That's better than losing it. If turnpike fees are used to create jobs or to improve conditions, then I say spend the money right here. We have a lot of projects right by turnpike exits that need funding.

C'mon Governor, give us a break. Don't take the turnpike fees away.

Posted by KO