Election of John Kasich Already Costing Ohio $400 Million in Infrastructure Investments

The election of John Kasich to the office of Governor appears to have already cost Ohio $400 Million in federal money that was to be used for the a passenger line connecting Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. The Governor-elect had asked the Obama administration to allocate the stimulus money for the 3C Corridor for other projects. The request was shot down by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood who wrote to Kasich saying:

"I wanted to let you know that none of those funds may be used for anything other than our High Speed Rail Program."

Adding:

"If, however, you choose not to participate in the program, we would like to engage in an orderly transition to wind down Ohio's involvement in the project so that we don't waste the taxpayer's money"

The 3C Corridor was a lightning rod for conservatives who tried to derail the project from its genesis. To read the entire letter from Lahood to Kasich click here.

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I knew Kasich was a bad choice for our state. I just didn't think he was stupid as well.
Now I know.

I like the move. The train was not needed as a government effort. It sounds too much like Amtrak.

A press release about Ohio's 3C project is on the White House website. Pointy-headed Progressives like myself would call this initiative an opportunity for major infrastructure improvement, as there will indubitably be upgrades to power- and communication-lines wherever this new train goes.

That alone, is hardly Amtrak-like.

And that's beside the point that the Nation's entire infrastructure -- that's the power lines, water lines, sewage lines, railways and roads have been falling apart for decades. In a sane world, this is exactly the initiative that Ohio *needs* and Obama got behind. But a miserable election season got Kasich elected. (Kasich is also a former GOP Congressman and Fox News Analyst, but that's a slightly different matter.)

The problem is that these Sarah Palin 'radicals' never took a civics class or read a Metro section, otherwise they'd know how long it takes to put these kinds of deals together. Kasich should know that it took a lot of brokering in the House and Senate to get the OTHER 49 states to give Ohio $400 million for this project.

The State and the Federal Gov't had to pass legislation to get that funding. It's not as though the new Governor can cancel the project and the State can still get the money. Kasich, with all of his Congressional experience, knows this, yet he's willing to cut off a nose that would provide thousands of Ohioans JOBS while the new railroad is being built. Stuff like this is happening all over the country. People who don't understand Government have been elected to office as Tea Partiers with the conviction that they'll cut both Federal spending AND cut taxes for ordinary citizens.

Without the BRAODER initiative to both improve both Ohio's infrastructure and provide local jobs -- constructions jobs, truck driving jobs, jobs for short-order cooks, waitresses working in restaurants along the route and linesmen hanging new power lines and programmers creating switches for the new trains, THERE WOU WOULD BE NO $400M treasure-chest.

As the new GOP Governor, it is Kasich's personal responsibility to undo all of the work that the current, Democratoc Administration has tried to do for Ohio. If Kasich gets his way, he'll move up in the GOP ranks, while all Ohio waits another generation or two for infrastructure improvements that would impel services and manufacturers to set up shop in Ohio.

But Kasich just wants to cut taxes and use the money for some other project he's got. Good luck with that.

But the rail was not "High-Speed", making the funds useless, according to Ray LaHood!

Secretary LaHood's letter to Kasich specifically mentions High-Speed rail.

All this talk about the trains being limited to 39 mph is disinformation. the 3C project would re-invigorate Ohio in numerous ways and Kasich doesn't want Obama's plan to succeed. It's pure partisanship and Ohio is the victim.

I recommend that some brave Ohioan file suit against Governor-Elect Kasich for impeding a Federal project that would benefit the State, and his announced intent to misappropriate that $400M. It would make the evening news.

It doesn't really matter at this point. It would have been great to eventually have high speed rail in this state, it would have been nice to have more people employed, it would have been good to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, it would have been nice to have had a more equitable distribution of funding for our schools. Instead we now have lost 400 Million dollars for the state and the funds and benefits that it would have provided for years to come, and instead our urban and rural schools will accelerate their decay. Congratulations Ohio! You elected Kasich.

As a former Ohioan residing in North Carolina, I am surprised that Governor-Elect John Kasich has decided against high speed rail. It is unfortunate that now,Ohio will continue to operating with a "19th" century transportation system. There are other states that will gladly accept the $400 million in transportation funds that Ohio has declined to accept. If the intent of the new governor is to provide jobs for Ohioans, in my opinion, he is taking a step backwards and is not helping the residents of Ohio.

I WENT BACK TO OHIO
BUT MY CITY WAS GONE
THERE WAS NO TRAIN STATION
THERE WAS NO DOWNTOWN
SOUTH HOWARD HAD DISAPPEARED
ALL MY FAVORITE PLACES
MY CITY HAD BEEN PULLED DOWN
REDUCED TO PARKING SPACES
A, O, WAY TO GO OHIO

WELL I WENT BACK TO OHIO
BUT MY FAMILY WAS GONE
I STOOD ON THE BACK PORCH
THERE WAS NOBODY HOME
I WAS STUNNED AND AMAZED
MY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES
SLOWLY SWIRLED PAST
LIKE THE WIND THROUGH THE TREES
A, O, OH WAY TO GO OHIO

I WENT BACK TO OHIO
BUT MY PRETTY COUNTRYSIDE
HAD BEEN PAVED DOWN THE MIDDLE
BY A GOVERNMENT THAT HAD NO PRIDE
THE FARMS OF OHIO
HAD BEEN REPLACED BY SHOPPING MALLS
AND MUZAK FILLED THE AIR
FROM SENECA TO CUYAHOGA FALLS
SAID, A, O, OH WAY TO GO OHIO

I am a small business owner with an office in Cleveland and in Cincy. I have to say that I would have used this rail line all of the time. I looked into taking a train down south a month ago, do you realize that we have to go through Chicago to get to Cincy??? The thought of being able to travel by train and sit and work for a couple of hours instead of the 5 hour drive, would have be great!!
Oh well, we are back to being a podunk one horse state again. Maybe I should move to Chicago or New York, take my 10 jobs with me....