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Conservative Think Tank Blasts Some Capital Budget Requests As "Ridiculous"

Mark Urycki, WCPN, Cleveland
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio

A conservative think tank is sounding off on some requests made to state lawmakers for the capital budget as “ridiculous” attempts to get taxpayer dollars.

The Buckeye Institute’s Dennis Caucheron says Ohio taxpayers shouldn’t pay for displays and a theatre at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

“There’s no reason why they should get millions of dollars every year from taxpayers. They should go to Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, any of the other members to get it. We describe the Rock Hall as sort of like an aging rock legend that’s addicted to taxpayer money.”

The Buckeye Institute ranked the Rock Hall’s $2 million ask as the most ridiculous request sent to state lawmakers. Others included money for an ice rink for the Bowling Green Curling Club, a 270 foot tall statue in Dayton and a puppet theatre in Cincinnati.

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