Politicians React To Proposed Gas Tax Increase

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COLUMBUS (AP) — The recommendation by Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration to increase Ohio’s gas tax by 18 cents a gallon beginning July 1 with annual adjustments for inflation to maintain roads and bridges has drawn some mixed reactions.

A senior policy analyst for the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, said Thursday the association supports the proposed increase. Jon Honeck says they think it will help restore a “strong partnership between the state and county governments in addressing infrastructure needs.”

House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes said in a release that the proposed increase is a tremendous amount of money to working people, families and seniors.

She says Democrats will be evaluating the proposed increase and working with Republicans to determine a path forward that “doesn’t overburden people living paycheck to paycheck.”

The proposal requires legislative approval.