Toledo, OH: State rep to Mayor what’s-his-name: You want red-light cameras, you don’t need us

The state of Ohio has again pushed back against Toledo’s authority to run speed-enforcement and automated red-light cameras, prompting the city to respond by promising to sue to block the maneuver.

A case of dèjá vu as clear as a red-light camera image? Not so fast.

The Ohio Supreme Court has repeatedly reminded lawmakers that Toledo, Dayton, and other home-rule cities are within their constitutional rights to operate those cameras. But it has never ruled on whether state lawmakers have the right as crafters of the state budget to cut off the flow of cash to offset any financial benefit the cities might experience from those cameras.