COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A state budgetary panel has agreed to release another $2.5 million to the State Highway Patrol, with some of that going to provide security for Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) as he campaigns for president.
The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports (http://bit.ly/1penGB9 ) the state Controlling Board voted on Monday to release the money. It was part of a request to cover security and investigation expenses that include dignitary protection.
The additional money increases the patrol’s total allotment for security and investigations to $12.2 million.
Democratic state Rep. Kevin Boyce voted to release the money. But he says he never received answers on specific uses for the money or how much relates to Kasich’s bid for the Republican nomination.
Patrol officials say they don’t discuss security resources due to safety concerns.