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Gov. Kasich Presents High-Tech Budget Proposals In Beavercreek

Ohio Governor John Kasich
Jerry Kenney

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was in Beavercreek Tuesday to highlight his final budget proposal as state governor. The $66.9 billion, two-year budget plan was released on Monday.

Kasich chose the Riverside Research firm as his backdrop to talk about the new budget’s focus on technology and data analytics.


"This drive towards technology, towards innovation, towards excitement, towards employment, towards changing the very face of the the great state of Ohio, is really where we want to be,” Kasich said.  

The governor’s budget includes funding for two so-called “smart highway” projects. One would be along the Interstate-270 beltway in Columbus, the other on Interstate 90 in northeast Ohio.

Other transportation projects in the governor’s budget include self-driving technologies and new traffic-management techniques, including new variable speed limits along state highways.

Ohio Transportation Department Director, Jerry Wray.
Credit Jerry Kenney
Ohio Transportation Department Director, Jerry Wray.

After Kasich’s speech, Ohio Transportation Director Jerry Wray praised the governor’s dedication to infrastructure during his time in office.

“Gov. Kasich gets it. He understands the importance of transportation. He understands it’s sort of the life-blood of the community."

Wray says, by the time he leaves office in two years, Gov. Kasich will have designated more than $16 billion for Ohio roadways.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.