Jim Krumel Grapevine: Ohio drivers about to get gassed


By Jim Krumel - jkrumel@limanews.com



In another week Ohio motorists will be paying an additional 10.5-cents per gallon gasoline tax and 19-cents per gallon for diesel. The July 1st increase will go toward building new roads, fixing old ones and repairing bridges. If you drive 15,000 miles a year and your vehicle gets 25 miles per gallon, expect to pay an extra $63.

The increase will be the first in 14 years in Ohio and will see its tax jump from 28 cents to 38.5 cents. That still the cheapest in the tri-state area. Indiana’s tax is 42.9 cents a gallon and Michigan is at 44.1 cents.

Get in line, on-line

Restaurants do it and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles may be next. A dozen of its offices, including one in Findlay, are testing a system that allows customers to go online and claim a space in line without physically waiting. The downside: Tempers could flare as people who have have been physically in line longer get jumped by those with an online reservation.

Elsewhere …

… Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson held a news conference this month to urge civility in politics. Nothing was said about being civil during the Ohio State-Michigan football game.

… By 2030, the U.S. Census Bureau predicts people over the age of 65 will outnumber children under the age of 18 for the first time in the nation’s history. It’s already happening in Ohio, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Census population estimates released Thursday show 13 of Ohio’s 88 counties already having more people of retirement age in 2018 than they have children.

… FirstEnergy Solutions asserts it must decide by June 30 whether to order $52 million worth of new nuclear fuel or move to close the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants.

… Nearly 15 million people report driving while high on pot, making them twice as likely to be involved in a crash, a new AAA study has found. The study also showed more drivers view texting or talking on cellphones while driving to be more risky behavior than smoking weed and getting behind the wheel.

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By Jim Krumel

jkrumel@limanews.com

Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.

Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.

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