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."
"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.