Ohio Governor: House Gas Tax Proposal ‘Doesn’t Cut It’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is continuing his push-back against lawmakers’ attempts to shrink his proposed gas tax, saying the current House version “doesn’t cut it.”

DeWine, a Republican, has proposed raising $1.2 billion through an 18-cent gas tax increase, adjusting it annually for inflation. The House reduced that to 10.7 cents per gallon over two years.

The Senate is expected to announce its own proposal as soon as this week. Republican State Senate President Larry Obhof has expressed skepticism at DeWine’s original proposal.

DeWine on Wednesday once again called his proposal a “bare minimum” to keep up with needed repairs to roads and bridges. He said he’s optimistic the legislative proposals will “get better.”