Kasich Administration Advanced Privatization in Ohio in 2011

Source: Leonard Gilroy, Reason Foundation, May 15, 2012

Initiatives advanced in economic development, asset realignment and more. Initiatives include: JobsOhio, Corrections, Ohio Turnpike, and Ohio Lottery.
– …[T]he budget authorized state higher education institutions to privatize dormitories and other facilities, while authorizing K-12 schools to privatize their transportation services. Similarly, the budget also authorized local governments and other units of government to enter into long-term leases up to 30 years in length to privatize the operations and management of their garages, meters and other municipal parking assets. Ohio State University may be the first to take advantage of the new authority, as university trustees have authorized a procurement for a potential 50-year lease of their parking system…
– Gov. Kasich signed into law House Bill 114, authorizing the Ohio Department of Transportation to enter into public-private partnerships to finance, design, build, operate and/or maintain highways, bridges and other transportation infrastructure statewide.
– Gov. Kasich is reportedly considering subleasing the operation of the Ohio Academic Resources Network–a nearly 2,000-mile fiber optic system connecting universities, schools, medical centers and research facilities–to private businesses, according to local press reports.

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