128th General Assembly, Regular Session, pt. 2 1 (2009-2010)

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                                 TED STRICKLAND
                                    GOVERNOR
                                    STATE OF OHIO


                              VETO MESSAGE

        STATEMENT OF THE REASONS FOR VETOES OF ITEMS IN
                                HOUSE BILL 2


April 1, 2009
Article II, SECTION 16 of the Ohio Constitution authorizes the Governor to veto any
item or items in any bill making an appropriation of money. I have boxed and initialed
text in House Bill 2 that I have disapproved. All remaining text in the bill is approved.
The reasons for my vetoes are set out below.

Introduction

House  Bill 2 includes nearly $7.3 billion to fund the Ohio Department of Public Safety,
which includes the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Ohio Department of
Transportation. These resources fund projects that will further develop and improve
our state's transportation infrastructure, positioning Ohio for lasting economic growth
and development.

The bill includes spending authority for an additional $1.9 billion in federal American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) resources for several state agencies, including
the $774 million for 149 transportation projects across Ohio, which are expected to
create or retain more than 20,000 jobs.

In addition to making transportation safer and more convenient for Ohioans, the bill
invests in projects that will maintain Ohio's position as a leader in the logistics and
distribution industry. This legislation also authorizes the state to compete for a share of
$9 billion in federal funding for start-up rail service in the 3-C Corridor (Cincinnati,


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