Ohio Governor-elect John Kasich speaks to the media on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The man who will take Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's job in January is asking him to immediately cancel all passenger rail contracts to save taxpayer money.
Republican John Kasich sent letters Monday to both Strickland and President Barack Obama telling them he doesn't plan to support developing a passenger line connecting Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. He asked Strickland to sever all current contracts.
Kasich asked Obama for the ability to use the state's $400 million rail allocation for other things. He said if that's not possible, the federal government should keep the money to help reduce the federal deficit.
Strickland's office says research on the project has many uses and the governor has no plans to stop the work.
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