Skip to comments.Kasich says no passenger rail for Ohio ("The train is dead" Got austerity?)
Posted on 11/03/2010 6:50:56 PM PDT by TSgt
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) - In his first news conference as governor elect, John Kasich de-railed plans for high speed trains connecting Dayton to the rest of the state.
In a press conference with reporters from around the state, Kasich outlined his priorities for taking Ohio into the future.
"My message today is to get jobs going in this state," said Kasich.
Political analysts said the economy is what helped Kasich win the election, now he wants the economy to win for Ohio.
"We have to become competitive. We've got to show the people of this state that we can manage the budget and we are going to be very aggressively talking to businesses both in this state, and outside of this state," said Kasich.
Kasich also answered questions about education, saying he needed to have a serious conversation with educators about unfunded mandates. Kasich is strongly against Governor Ted Strickland's evidence based model of education, saying there are no funds to enforce it.
"We are going to get dollars into the classroom, and push shared services, and make sure there's no excuse for multiple school districts not being able to share administrators. There's too many things going on out there that are not business like," said Kasich.
Kasich also had a direct message for the teacher's union, who blasted him during the campaign for his stance on the merit pay and holding teachers accountable.
"I am waiting for the teachers union to take out full page ads in all of the newspapers apologizing for what they had to say about me during this campaign," said Kasich.
An issue important to many in the Miami Valley was the future of the 3-C rail, that would bring passenger rail travel into the region.
Kasich minched no words about the future of passenger rail service in Dayton and the rest of the state.
"That train is dead. I said it during the campaign. It is dead. Passenger rail is not in Ohio's future."
Kasich went on to say that he did support expanding the rails to help with the transportation of goods, just not for passengers.
2 News asked Dayton officials about Kasich's remarks.
City economic development director John Gower said it was too early to comment.
Hopefully Rick Snyder in Michigan will catch a whiff of reality outside of Ann Arbor and be forced that we can’t afford magical choo choos as well.
The weeping and gnashing of teeth by parasitic liberals has only begun!
I look forward to a hot knife cutting through the state budget like butter.
Ground Obama’s caravan and use the 200 mil a day here in the US of A.
Make Obama get in the back of a bus and get back home.
The train is dead. Thank you, Governor-elect! They’re totally overpriced for the few passengers that would ride the 3-C corridor. And the stupid thing is supposed to start out averaging 47 mi/h. Which means the novelty would quickly wear off.
This is exactly what the GOP needs to do at levels: SHOCK AND AWE!!
Hit them from the get-go so hard that they won’t know what’s hitting them! They need to be clear that we’re not screwing around!
Lets not forget what the Kenyan said about a week ago: “They can come along for the ride...but they have to sit in the back.”
Lets reach out the same way they did!
Good job Gov. Kasich!!
Good news for taxpayers
Has anybody seen Willie Green recently?
He decided to throw a fit in JimRob’s direction, posted an opus and hasn’t returned.
Please break the news to Willie Green gently.
Today is Jim Robinson's birthday.
For FReepers who haven't yet donated....
Please money bomb the FReep-a-thon tonight!
I can only hope that Kasich does to the Teachers’ Unions EXACTLY what Christie has done in HIS State. Unions are what drives Ohio into becoming a 3rd World enclave in its major cities, infested with taxpayer-fed parasites who have not worked meaningfully in their entire lives, and live in Democrat-controlled cesspools. AFSCME, SEIU, and the other bloated extortionist groups should be prosecuted and run out of town State-wide.
Our choo choo marxist’s last known posting.
sounds like he might govern just like Govenor Christie of New Jersey!
That is not unusual with the congestion and various ordinances. Recently I read that container ships are now sailing slower than clipper ships, in order to save on fuel.
Had nothing but good things to say about Weyrich in the past, but if he said anything like that, then obviously he was off track on this one.
Ill put it this way so there is no misunderstanding. If you continue pushing leftist clap-trap on this website, you get the zot.
Its not wanted here. Drop it or leave. The choice is yours and Im not going to argue with you about it. Zip it or zot it.
There was an opus and I missed it?! Damn!
Do you know what the political climate is like in Indiana? Is it favorable for trains or no?
Id rather not see a fight within the Michigan GOP at this point and it would be best if high speed rail simply became a non issue for Michigan. If the train has no place to go, Snyder could drop it gracefully.