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Ohio House And Senate Agree To Compromise Transportation Budget Bill

Ohio Public Radio

Majority Republicans in the Ohio House and Senate have reached a compromise on the state transportation budget. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

The House and Senate went back and forth in a joint committee on a number of issues, especially when it comes to raising fees.


In the end the House got their measure allowing counties to hike the vehicle registration fee by $5. Republican Representative Rob McColley says this can provide a boost to local road projects.


McColley: “With cars becoming more fuel efficient, people driving less miles the strain is being put on our local governments and they’ve asked for assistance they’ve asked for help.”


The transportation budget also creates avenues to increase deputy registrar fees and for utilities to tack on fees for local development. A measure that guaranteed nearly $50 million to local projects was pulled.  


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