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ODOT Says Gas Tax Hike Returns Agency To Solid Financial Ground

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As of November 1, Ohio’s 10.5 cent gas tax increase from the state’s transportation budget has been in place for four months. And the director of the Ohio Department of Transportation said the money his agency fought lawmakers to get is already making a difference. Lawmakers had opposed the increase for weeks, leading to a delay in passing the transportation… Read More

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

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina, left) stands alongside Gov. Mike DeWine during DeWine's first State of the State speech in March.

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

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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

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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

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House GOP Plan Trims Governor’s Proposed Gas-Tax Increase

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio House Republicans have proposed cutting Republican Gov. Mike Dewine’s 18-cents-per-gallon recommended gas-tax increase to maintain roads and bridges to 10.7 cents. Republicans unveiled their plan Tuesday in a substitute version of Ohio’s transportation budget. The House finance committee plans to vote on it Wednesday with a full House vote expected… Read More

In this July 18, 2016 file photo, Speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

State House Speaker Open to Idea of More Revenue for Roads

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s House speaker has indicated he’s open to the idea of more revenue for road and bridge maintenance although he hasn’t committed to any changes the House might make in the governor’s proposal for increasing Ohio’s gas tax to raise that revenue. Republican Speaker Larry Householder says a safe, well-maintained transportation… Read More

Senate President “Absolutely” Wants Income Tax Cut If Gas Tax Is Hiked

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Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed 18-cent hike in the gas tax is still before state lawmakers. They would have to approve it as part of the transportation budget, which must be signed into law by March 31. Senate President Larry Obhof said if lawmakers have to hike the gas tax, it should be paired at some… Read More

Democrats Blast DeWine Gas Tax Hike, But He Says It’s Necessary

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Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has found himself in a tough position right at the start of his administration – having to raise a tax that hits most Ohioans. And Democrats have pounced on him for it. During last fall’s campaign for governor, Republican Mike DeWine ran tough ads – one claimed Richard Cordray would “raise taxes… Read More

State Lawmakers Mulling Over Impact Of Gas Tax Increase

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Gov. Mike DeWine says raising the gas tax from 28-cents a gallon to 46-cents a gallon will help fill a $1 billion construction budget shortfall, but the proposal has led to a debate over how it will impact Ohioans. Democratic lawmakers and left-leaning groups are concerned a gas tax will disproportionately hurt poor people. “Gas… Read More

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… Read More

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Governor’s Administration Proposes Gas Tax Increase

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CINCINNATI (AP) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration has recommended increasing the state gas tax by 18 cents a gallon beginning July 1 and annually adjusting that tax for inflation to maintain roads and bridges. Ohio’s Department of Transportation director introduced the governor’s $7.43 billion transportation budget proposal on Thursday to the House Finance Committee…. Read More

Conservative Group Wants Offset To Possible Gas Tax Hike

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A conservative think tank is calling on lawmakers to make changes to counter an increase to the gas tax by making cuts elsewhere in Ohio’s tax structure. Greg Lawson with the Buckeye Institute says there is merit to the gas tax since revenue is strictly tied to infrastructure projects. Lawson says maintaining the state’s roads… Read More

In this July 18, 2016 file photo, Speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

House Speaker Says He’s Willing To Consider A Possible Gas Tax

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The committee reviewing the financial situation facing the Ohio Department of Transportation heard testimony for a second day today – and is expected to release a report recommending funding solutions very soon. It seems likely that an increase in the gas tax will be part of it. The leader of the Ohio House says he’s… Read More

Group Says No Money For Road Projects Means Gas Tax Hike Could Possible

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A coalition of business leaders and local elected officials say there’s no money for big road construction projects in the transportation budget that will come out next month, so lawmakers have to at least consider the possibility of raising the gas tax. Spokesman Curt Steiner said the group Fix Our Roads Ohio is worried about a projection… Read More