Tag archive for ‘transportation’
Streetcar proposal projected to create thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic development denied access to much needed state funds in transportation project.
3/23/11 • (2)
Attention has been paid in recent days to the possibility of privatizing the Ohio Turnpike as part of a budget fix. According to the Plain Dealer, Cleveland-area transportation officials have been told by legislators that a Turnpike lease will be part of the Governor’s budget submission on Tuesday. Despite all the coverage, there is a major reason this cannot be part of any budget solution, and it is this:
It is unconstitutional.
3/11/11 • (6)
According to newspaper accounts, Governor Kasich is planning to kill ODOT funding for the Cincinnati streetcar project, despite the project receiving the highest score of all projects considered by the independent Transportation Review Advisory Committee. The TRAC, as it is known, was set up to take politics out of the selection process, and use objective scoring criteria to rank and approve major new transportation projects. This development should concern supporters of other high-scoring projects around the state.
3/09/11 • (1)
Just a quick post to remind everyone that two of the three appropriations bills for State Government have been introduced and having hearings in the House of Representatives this week. We have information on committee hearings for the BWC and Transportation budgets, both active this week.
2/28/11 • (0)
Lots of news this weekend about SB5, but unless you believe a friendly newspaper’s account of the findings of an unreleased, leaked “analysis” by the Kasich administration, we still don’t have anything that would tie the bill to any impact on the FY12-13 state budget. When the report is publicly available, we’ll be happy to write about it.
2/27/11 • (0)
The ODOT budget, introduced yesterday, is a status quo preservation act. We like to call it a cut-and-paste job from Strickland’s last two year budget, except a lot less bold and innovative. We offer a rundown of the key initiatives, both building on the last budget, and going in new directions, as well as things that stand out as missing from the bill, and likely amendments.
2/24/11 • (4)
As expected, we have some coverage of the newly-introduced Transportation Budget (HB114). The papers conclude what we already noted — as disappointing as it is to budget watchers, this is a pretty boring budget. We also look at reports from states that may serve as examples as Ohio confronts its budget challenges. And look at local impacts of state budget cuts.
2/24/11 • (0)
We received our committee notice from House Finance yesterday that hearings were to begin on the State Transportation Budget next week. Here is the information: Wednesday, February 23, 9 a.m., House Finance Hearing Room (Rm 313), Ohio Statehouse Testimony from the Department of Public Safety Wednesday, February 23, immediately after House session, Rm 313 Testimony [...]
2/18/11 • (0)