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Lawmakers Continue Efforts to Reach Deal on Gas-Tax Increase

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio House and Senate lawmakers are set to continue their efforts to reach a compromise on raising the state gas tax to fix deteriorating roads and bridges. A joint Senate-House committee was scheduled to resume meeting Tuesday morning to iron out differences between their plans for the state Department of Transportation… Read More

Transportation Budget Deadline Passes Without A Deal

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The deadline for a new state transportation budget with a gas tax hike came and went at midnight – without a new spending plan being signed. Lawmakers are coming back to the Statehouse this week hoping to work it out. Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) said the most significant disagreement continues to be the increase… Read More

Senator Proposes Prepaid Gas Taxes As Way To Avoid Increase

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Senators have said they’re going to change the 10.7 cent gas tax increase that the House passed in the transportation budget. Gov. Mike DeWine says that’s too low, and the state needs an 18 cent hike. But one Republican senator has an idea that he says would eliminate the need for a tax increase. Sen…. Read More

Senate Transportation Budget Revision Doesn’t Change Gas Tax Hike — Yet

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Republican Senate leaders released their version of the transportation budget bill, making dozens of changes to what the House passed in HB62, however the gas tax increase went untouched. Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) says it’s very likely that will change. The House passed a 10.7-cent increase to the gas tax over the next two years. That means a… Read More

Senate Expected To Reduce Gas Tax Increase Below House Proposal

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Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed 18 cents gas tax increase was dropped to 10.7 cents by the House. Now the transportation budget is in the Senate, where it’s likely to get changed again. DeWine has said his gas tax hike is the bare minimum needed to maintain and repair Ohio’s roads and bridges. Republican consultant Mike… Read More

ODOT Director Responds To House Lawmakers’ Cut To Gas Tax Increase Proposal

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The director of the Ohio Department of Transportation isn’t pleased with the decision by the House Finance Committee to cut Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed 18 cent gas tax increase down to just under 11 cents. But he’s holding out hope, even though that plan is likely to be on the House floor Thursday. ODOT Director… Read More