Ohio and Kentucky Governors sit down in Cincinnati
Tuesday Ohio Governor John Kasich sat down with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to discuss major issues facing the neighboring states.
At times the talk was light-hearted, infused with playful banter, "They poach us, we poach them, they get some of our basketball players, we've got to go get more of their basketball players," Kasich joked.
When it came to the big issues, however, the governors made it clear they are on the same team.
"Everything is good for both of us here: stopping the opiates, getting ourselves in a position to reinvigorate that airport and getting that bridge built," Kasich said. "This is a win-win for Kentucky and Ohio."
When it came to the issue of growing CVG airport services, the governors where optimistic but concerned.
"This is an extremely vexing program for both of us," Kasich said. "It's a tough thing to solve but we're going to get our development people working hand in glove and what we really need are more international flights."
"You have to have leadership and the governor and I are stepping up and providing some leadership in this area," Beshear added.
In looking at the Brent Spence Bridge, both governors made it clear nothing from tolls to private-public partnerships would be off the table.
"We're not holding our breath on the money the federal government owes us," Kasich said. "So we have to work together on this."
Next, Beshear talked about efforts to curb the interstate drug problem through sharing drug monitoring systems across the state line.
"Kentucky may have a system that's working better than ours," Kasich admitted. "If they do we're going to take them and implement them."
Finally before he left, Fox19 asked Kasich about controversial school vouchers that have some parents questioning whether the state is doing more to fund private school options rather than public school opportunities.
"It is not fair to trap kids in a school where parents are not comfortable with their kid's safety, are not comfortable with their academics," Kasich said. "The bottom line is I think it is a program that should not only be kept where it is, we proposed expanding it and I think it's a significant step forward for the state."
Kasich says he does not think vouchers take anything away from the public school system.
"I think its all part of the same system," he said. "It's all part of an effort in K through 12 to come up with best practices and best techniques."
Kasich says he and Beshear plan to meet quarterly and call each other regularly as multiple task forces and development boards get off the ground to begin tackling the inter-state issues.