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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

Ohio Providing Children Bike Helmets Around The State

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Ohio officials are backing up a safety push by providing some 9,300 bicycle helmets for children around the state. The Ohio Department of Transportation is contributing $25,000 and the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is adding $14,000 for the effort. It is part of the academy’s “Put a Lid on It!” bike… Read More

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Transportation Bill, Minus 75-mph Speed Limit, Set For Vote

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State senators plan to give final approval to Ohio’s transportation budget after a committee dropped a proposal that would have raised the speed limit to 75 mph on certain rural freeways and the turnpike. The $7 billion spending blueprint lays out transportation and public safety priorities for the two years beginning July 1. The bulk… Read More

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Weather Blamed For Increase In State Overtime Pay Last Year

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The state says last year’s severe winter weather is partly responsible for a small increase in the amount of annual overtime earned by state employees. The Department of Administrative Services says the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety, which includes the highway patrol, had the biggest overtime increases over 2013. DAS said… Read More