Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur this morning welcomed the announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation that the Ohio Department of Transportation may not use federal funding to further a scheme to privatize the Ohio Turnpike.
"The Turnpike is a capital asset that should be used for economic development in Northern Ohio, not a financial derivative to be shopped around to the highest bidder," said Congresswoman Kaptur.
"The Turnpike belongs to the Ohio people--they paid for it. I applaud Secretary (Ray) LaHood for making the correct decision and standing up for the people of Northern Ohio."
U.S. Department of Transportation officials announced the decision with revoke funding for privatization during a conference call this morning with members of the Ohio Democratic congressional delegation. Congresswoman Kaptur praised her colleague, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-17) for organizing the call and a letter to USDOT earlier this week.