Rep. Celebrezze Opposes Turnpike Bill With Nothing To Stop Toll Increases Or Keep Money In Northern Ohio
Kasich's empty turnpike promises pass House despite bipartisan opposition

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Nick Celebrezze (D- Parma) released the following statement upon the passage of House Bill 51. The proposal would create $1.5 billion in new debt against the turnpike.


"The Ohio Turnpike has since its inception been a jewel to North East Ohio, and it’s been a road that had never used tax payer money for its operation or improvements,” said Rep. Celebrezze. “The Governor's plans to borrow against this State’s assets are a true example of how this Administration has not kept its promises to our Residents. The Governor has promised to help freeze tolls and ensure that the majorities of money raised is kept in North East Ohio for improvements, yet at no time would the Administration put those promises in the legislation."


Democrats offered amendments in Finance Committee and on the floor of the House that would guarantee 90 percent of turnpike revenue stay in Northern Ohio and that tolls are frozen for EZ Pass users, and that all other rates are capped at inflation.  Both times the amendments were voted down.

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