I don't read his comments in quite the same way. As I read his comments, he views the Amtrak proposal as one that will have an economic benefit to the State as well as providing convenience in getting from Point A to Point B without having to drive. Yes, the Senator does not want to have to raise taxes to pay for this service. He does want sufficient (however that word is defined by whomever--which surely is debatable in Ohio for a variety of services, i.e public health, education, etc.) funds to benefit the citizens of Ohio without raising taxes. Is his thinking that Amtrak's proposal will stimulate increased economic activity which would then add additional tax revenue to the State's bank account?Reading the state senator's opinion, he opposes state funding. There's close to zero chance of this happening without state funding. If he doesn't vote for state funding, then he's opposed to the project regardless of the fact that he took the opposite position in the first half of his editorial.
If so, his thinking mirrors the recent 2021-2022 Budget proposed by Governor DeWine. There is a proposal for 50 million dollars in his Budget to market Ohio to attract others to move to our State. The Governor's Budget is significant (in my opinion) that it does not require an increase in taxes nor tapping the State's Rainy Day Fund.
Since Amtrak's proposal includes development costs and covering (if I read it correctly) 2 years of operating costs before a State subsidy would be required, that would give the plan time to help determine if there really will be an economic benefit as well as a convenience benefit for the citizens of Ohio.