Ohio Gov. John Kasich: Aliens or tolls necessary to fund new Brent Spence Bridge

He's confident politicians will work it out

CINCINNATI – Ohio Gov. John Kasich says unless aliens pay for a new bridge across the Ohio River, a funding solution has to include tolls.

"(Unless there's) some alien spaceship that's going to come down here and dump billions on the street, I don't see a way around it," Kasich said in Hyde Park Wednesday.

Even after Kentucky legislators nixed tolls this week, Kasich expects politicians will eventually agree on a funding plan that's not out of this world.

"This is just part of the process," Kasich said. "We'd like to go fast, but it's just the way it is. It's human beings trying to figure out what to do.

"The legislators in Northern Kentucky have always said they didn't want tolls. This can't get done without tolls.

"It's just a process. I just look at it as just keep plugging."

Kasich visited Withrow University High School Wednesday to talk about the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative and the importance of mentoring.

Kasich also talked about the bids by Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland to host the 2016 Republican National Convention . The three are among eight finalists.

While he wouldn't wager any odds on whether an Ohio city will get the lucrative event, he said it would be a fabulous opportunity to show off Ohio to the nation.

"For the Republican Convention, cutting taxes balancing budgets has provided economic growth, so it's a great place to display that fact that our philosophy leads to improvement," Kasich said.

A decision about the location of the convention is expected late this summer.

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