ODOT director defends keeping turnpike under state control

Columbus Business First 12/24/12 Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray acknowledged that leasing the Ohio Turnpike to a private company could have raised more money for the state but said in an open letter that issuing bonds against future tolls achieves two goals: Keeping the toll road under state control and raising needed funding for highway projects....

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State can’t spend Commercial Activity Tax money on non-highway projects

The Columbus Dispatch December 7, 2012 The state is unconstitutionally spending $140 million a year gleaned from the Commercial Activity Tax for non-highway purposes, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today. The money has been allocated to local government, schools and other expenses. In a 6-1 ruling written by outgoing Justice Robert R. Cupp, the court found that how the...

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