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  • #85368
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    ODOT’s new leader finds budget tighter than in ’90s tenure

    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011

    BY ROBERT VITALE

    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    The last time Jerry Wray ran the Ohio Department of Transportation, a booming economy was putting more people to work, more gasoline into our tanks and more gas-tax money into highway construction.

    With his appointment to another tour of duty by Gov. John Kasich, Wray has returned to an ODOT much different from the one he left in 1999.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/02/14/copy/odots-new-leader-finds-budget-tighter-than-in-90s-tenure.html?adsec=politics&sid=101

    #427915
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Ohio House puts $7 billion in transit budget
    FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011
    BY JIM SIEGEL
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    The Ohio House yesterday unanimously approved a $7 billion transportation budget that no longer includes a $10 title-fee increase that the Kasich administration proposed to help fund the State Highway Patrol.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/03/11/copy/house-puts-7b-in-transit-budget.html?adsec=politics&sid=101

    #427916

    CU Folks – divide the payroll by the employees for 1991 and 2011 and you will see that the average wage has increased to $85K per employee per year – welcome to a public employee union and a tax payer screwing!

    #427917

    Baker
    Participant

    KingLincolnUrbanEnthusiast wrote >>
    CU Folks – divide the payroll by the employees for 1991 and 2011 and you will see that the average wage has increased to $85K per employee per year – welcome to a public employee union and a tax payer screwing!

    Payroll consists of a lot more than just a worker’s salary. It also consists of the federal income taxes that the employer pays per employee, FICA, health insurance, unemployment insurance, benefits, etc. All of that stuff combined accounts for a large portion of an entity’s payroll. I’m not sure how much this differs for a state payroll versus private sector but {total payroll} / {number of employees} does not equal average wage. It is not that simple.

    #427918

    ehill27
    Participant

    KingLincolnUrbanEnthusiast wrote >>
    CU Folks – divide the payroll by the employees for 1991 and 2011 and you will see that the average wage has increased to $85K per employee per year – welcome to a public employee union and a tax payer screwing!

    You seem to live in some alternate universe of fat-cat government workers.

    #427919
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    There’s a New Sheriff at Ohio DOT, and He Likes Asphalt
    by Angie Schmitt on March 24, 2011

    First there was the killing of 3C Rail. Now the Cincinnati streetcar is being led out to pasture. The way transportation projects are unfolding in Ohio, you’d almost think an asphalt industry veteran was heading up the state Department of Transportation.

    Sadly, you’d be right. ODOT Director Jerry Wray, Ohio’s “Asphalt Sheriff,” is currently presiding over the committee that will determine the fate of the Cincinnati streetcar. The Transportation Review Advisory Council was established by Wray himself in a previous stint at ODOT in 1997 in order to — this is funny — remove politics from transportation funding decisions. Between sessions at ODOT, Wray kept himself busy working as an asphalt industry lobbyist.

    READ MORE: http://streetsblog.net/2011/03/24/theres-a-new-sheriff-at-ohio-dot-and-he-likes-asphalt/

    #427920

    labi
    Participant

    Walker wrote >>
    There’s a New Sheriff at Ohio DOT, and He Likes Asphalt
    by Angie Schmitt on March 24, 2011
    First there was the killing of 3C Rail. Now the Cincinnati streetcar is being led out to pasture. The way transportation projects are unfolding in Ohio, you’d almost think an asphalt industry veteran was heading up the state Department of Transportation.
    Sadly, you’d be right. ODOT Director Jerry Wray, Ohio’s “Asphalt Sheriff,” is currently presiding over the committee that will determine the fate of the Cincinnati streetcar. The Transportation Review Advisory Council was established by Wray himself in a previous stint at ODOT in 1997 in order to — this is funny — remove politics from transportation funding decisions. Between sessions at ODOT, Wray kept himself busy working as an asphalt industry lobbyist.
    READ MORE: http://streetsblog.net/2011/03/24/theres-a-new-sheriff-at-ohio-dot-and-he-likes-asphalt/

    ARGGGGGH. WHY does our state have to go back to 1950??? I just can’t stand it.

    #427921

    Pablo
    Participant

    It kind of seems like they’re somehow out for revenge. According to ODOT’s TRAC draft, the Phase 1 of the 70/71 split would get $220,900,000.00 while the Cincinnati Streetcar was allocated $15,000,000.00. A comparable project, dollar wise, would be $15,600,000.00 for interchange improvements (not a new interchange) in West Carrollton on I-75. Looking at these figures, transit projects look pretty cheap. Yeah, more people will drive on the short stretch of 70/71 than will initially ride Cincinnati’s streetcar so maybe it is more cost effective to do road projects – but there are a ton of road projects on this list. I only found two transit projects.

    http://www.dot.state.oh.us/trac/Documents/2011%20Draft%20TRAC%20List%20(December%209,%202010).pdf

    #427922
    rus
    rus
    Participant

    labi wrote >>

    Walker wrote >>
    There’s a New Sheriff at Ohio DOT, and He Likes Asphalt
    by Angie Schmitt on March 24, 2011
    First there was the killing of 3C Rail. Now the Cincinnati streetcar is being led out to pasture. The way transportation projects are unfolding in Ohio, you’d almost think an asphalt industry veteran was heading up the state Department of Transportation.
    Sadly, you’d be right. ODOT Director Jerry Wray, Ohio’s “Asphalt Sheriff,” is currently presiding over the committee that will determine the fate of the Cincinnati streetcar. The Transportation Review Advisory Council was established by Wray himself in a previous stint at ODOT in 1997 in order to — this is funny — remove politics from transportation funding decisions. Between sessions at ODOT, Wray kept himself busy working as an asphalt industry lobbyist.
    READ MORE: http://streetsblog.net/2011/03/24/theres-a-new-sheriff-at-ohio-dot-and-he-likes-asphalt/

    ARGGGGGH. WHY does our state have to go back to 1950??? I just can’t stand it.

    Yeah! Why can’t we go back to 1900 for trains, street cars…

    … wait…

    ;-)

    #427923

    futureman
    Participant

    I’m going on a hunch the 1950’s comment was is in reference to the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 which authorized the use creation of 41,000 miles of highway.

    So yes, it is like the 50’s again. Rail is once again pushed to the sideline as the focus (which never left) goes back to roads.

    #427924
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Kasich signs transportation budget
    Wednesday, March 30, 2011
    BY JOE VARDON
    The Columbus Dispatch

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law a $6.8 billion transportation budget today that includes the authority for the state to partner with the private sector on projects.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/03/30/kasich-signs-transportation-budget.html?sid=101

    #427925

    futureman
    Participant

    Looks like mass transit isn’t the only casualty in ODOT’s budget…

    For better or worse the 70/71 rebuild appears to safe, including all five phases.

    ODOT to shelve some projects
    FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011 03:04 AM
    BY ROBERT VITALE
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    The Ohio Department of Transportation said it can afford $1 billion for highway planning during the next eight years, but it has $10.3 billion worth of projects in the planning stage.

    As a result, many of those projects could be moved off the priority list, Director Jerry Wray said yesterday.

    “Local leaders around the state can expect to hear some yeses, some maybes and – for the first time in a long time – some nos. The money is not there,” Wray said at the annual State of the Region luncheon hosted by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

    Some local governments also will have to pay more for their share than they had expected.

    Scaling back highway projects won’t affect the massive, multiyear reconstruction of I-70/71 through Downtown, Wray said after his speech. That work is scheduled to begin late this summer at the interchange of I-71 and I-670, on Downtown’s northeastern edge.

    Five phases of I-70/71 reconstruction are among the state’s top-tier projects, for which construction money has been committed.

    READ MORE:
    http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/04/22/odot-to-shelve-some-projects.html?sid=101&adsec=politics

    #427926

    labi
    Participant

    rus wrote >>

    labi wrote >>

    Walker wrote >>
    There’s a New Sheriff at Ohio DOT, and He Likes Asphalt
    by Angie Schmitt on March 24, 2011
    First there was the killing of 3C Rail. Now the Cincinnati streetcar is being led out to pasture. The way transportation projects are unfolding in Ohio, you’d almost think an asphalt industry veteran was heading up the state Department of Transportation.
    Sadly, you’d be right. ODOT Director Jerry Wray, Ohio’s “Asphalt Sheriff,” is currently presiding over the committee that will determine the fate of the Cincinnati streetcar. The Transportation Review Advisory Council was established by Wray himself in a previous stint at ODOT in 1997 in order to — this is funny — remove politics from transportation funding decisions. Between sessions at ODOT, Wray kept himself busy working as an asphalt industry lobbyist.
    READ MORE: http://streetsblog.net/2011/03/24/theres-a-new-sheriff-at-ohio-dot-and-he-likes-asphalt/

    ARGGGGGH. WHY does our state have to go back to 1950??? I just can’t stand it.

    Yeah! Why can’t we go back to 1900 for trains, street cars…

    Yes, that quaint time when we still had an ozone layer.

    #427927
    rus
    rus
    Participant

    labi wrote >>

    rus wrote >>

    labi wrote >>

    Walker wrote >>
    There’s a New Sheriff at Ohio DOT, and He Likes Asphalt
    by Angie Schmitt on March 24, 2011
    First there was the killing of 3C Rail. Now the Cincinnati streetcar is being led out to pasture. The way transportation projects are unfolding in Ohio, you’d almost think an asphalt industry veteran was heading up the state Department of Transportation.
    Sadly, you’d be right. ODOT Director Jerry Wray, Ohio’s “Asphalt Sheriff,” is currently presiding over the committee that will determine the fate of the Cincinnati streetcar. The Transportation Review Advisory Council was established by Wray himself in a previous stint at ODOT in 1997 in order to — this is funny — remove politics from transportation funding decisions. Between sessions at ODOT, Wray kept himself busy working as an asphalt industry lobbyist.
    READ MORE: http://streetsblog.net/2011/03/24/theres-a-new-sheriff-at-ohio-dot-and-he-likes-asphalt/

    ARGGGGGH. WHY does our state have to go back to 1950??? I just can’t stand it.

    Yeah! Why can’t we go back to 1900 for trains, street cars…

    Yes, that quaint time when we still had an ozone layer.

    And life expectancy was about 47… truly, a glorious time.

    #427928
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    rus wrote >>
    Yeah! Why can’t we go back to 1900 for trains, street cars…

    There were automobiles being produced in 1900 as well.

    Derp.

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