Ohio Senate Transportation Committee Holds Off On Gas Tax Change
Ohio Senate leaders say it’s very likely they will make changes to the proposed gasoline tax increase.
But that change was not included in the latest revision of the state’s transportation budget bill. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.
The House passed a 10.7-cent increase to the gas tax over the next two years. That means a driver would pay 38.7 cents a gallon in state tax when they fill up their tank.
Even though Senators accepted a new version of the bill that kept the House’s tax plan, transportation committee chair Rob McColley wanted to make it very clear they are likely to make changes to the tax proposal.
McColley: “The only issue is we have not had a chance in the limited time that we’ve had to really develop our final version of that tax package so the House version of the sub bill is left unchanged but nobody interpret that as the Senate accepting the House package, we are likely to change it.”
Gov. Mike DeWine says the state needs an 18 cent gas tax hike.
The Senate also left unchanged $100 million to public transportation. However, there is talk that that is also likely to be reduced.