Politicians love to be able to take credit for new roads, bridges, public buildings and other infrastructure. But Ohio Gov. John Kasich is doing the responsible thing with a plan to limit such state-funded projects.
Instead, the Kasich administration plans to focus its scarce resources on maintaining existing infrastructure.
Requests for funding of new construction will have to pass "an extremely high threshold" to gain approval, state Budget Director Tim Keen has ordered.
Good. Ohioans simply cannot afford to pay for expensive new projects, sometimes of questionable value, while existing roads, bridges, etc. deteriorate. Kasich is right to set priorities that will serve the state well in the long run.