Ohio House passes budget bill proposing increased fuel taxes


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has passed a transportation budget bill that includes increases in the state’s gas and diesel taxes to help maintain roads and bridges.

The House passed the bill 71-27 on Thursday. It now heads to the Ohio Senate for consideration.

The bill would increase the gas tax by 10.7 cents per gallon over two years and the diesel tax by 20 cents per gallon over three years. Both increases would start Oct. 1.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine proposed increasing the current 28-cents-per-gallon tax by 18 cents a gallon. He said Thursday the House bill’s “far from ideal” and he plans to work with the Senate to improve it.

The legislation also would provide public transit with $100 million a year in federal transportation funds. DeWine proposed $40 million.

Transportation bill highlights:

— A 10.7-cents-per-gallon increase to the current 28-cents-per-gallon gas tax over two years, starting Oct. 1. The bill reported out of the House Finance committee on Wednesday night had called for the increase to be phased in over three years.

— A 20-cents-per-gallon increase to the current 28-cents-per-gallon diesel tax over three years, starting Oct. 1.

— Providing $100 million a year in federal transportation funding to public transit.

— Splitting revenue from the fuel taxes, with the Ohio Department of Transportation to receive 55 percent and 45 percent to go to local governments.

— A yearly registration fee on alternative-fuel vehicles including $200 for electric vehicles and $100 for hybrids.

— Requiring only one license plate on a vehicle, in the back.

— Allowing municipalities and townships to levy an additional $5 motor vehicle registration fee.

— Regulation by the state of light-weight electric scooters including age limits, speed restrictions and other provisions.

— The creation of Ohio’s Road to the Future Committee to study Ohio’s infrastructure needs and report back to the Ohio General Assembly by October 1.

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