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Kasich eyes privatizing Ohio liquor control agency

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The incoming Ohio governor is adding the state's Division of Liquor Control to the list of possible services that he might privatize.

Gov.-elect John Kasich (KAY'-sik) on Friday told reporters he had gotten a memo that privatizing the agency that regulates the sale of alcohol could net $1 billion for the state. Kasich, who takes office Monday, says state officials have to think about privatizing services as a way to save money. Ohio faces the prospect of an $8 billion gap in its coming two-year budget.

Kasich says he anticipates privatizing some prison services. His administration also is looking at leasing the Ohio Turnpike to a private operator.

The Ohio Turnpike Commission currently operates the 241-mile toll road across northern Ohio.

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