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Cordray Lays Out Plan To Repair Ohio's Infrastructure

Aug 3, 2018

Rich Cordray speaks with reporters at Columbus construction site
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray says the state needs to repair its infrastructure, ensure statewide broadband access and invest in public transportation. 

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has details.

Cordray says he wants the state to issue a bond package to allow it to borrow money to make improvements to roads, bridges, broadband and public transit. But he emphasizes that effort won’t involve a tax hike.

 

“We just banked a $670 million surplus at the end of the fiscal year. We have the new Supreme Court ruling on sales taxes on internet purchases that’s going to be a windfall for state revenue. We do not need tax increases at this time. That’s off the table as far as I’m concerned.”

 

Cordray says details on the cost and scope of the plan would come after comprehensive study. In a recent public forum, Republican Mike DeWine said he’d appoint a blue-ribbon task force to come up with an infrastructure plan and ways to pay for it. And he didn’t rule out tax increases if those were recommended.