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Ohio Senate Committee Further Cuts DeWine's Proposed Gas Tax Increase

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An Ohio Senate committee has proposed cutting Republican Governor Mike DeWine's gas tax increase proposal from 18 cents a gallon to 6 cents, down from the House-approved 10.7 cents a gallon. 

The committee also recommends cutting public transit funding. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

The Senate’s version of the transportation budget would generate about 400 million dollars for construction projects through the 6-cent gas tax hike.

 

Gov. Mike DeWine’s original 18-cent gas tax increase would have brought in 1.2 billion in revenue. DeWine says the state needs to find about 1 billion a year in extra funding over the course of the next ten years.

 

But Republican Senator Rob McColley says the 6-cent hike would adequately fund the state’s most important needs.

 

McColley: “We’ve spent an awful lot of money on new construction over the past 8 years and many would argue that that system is built out to the point that it should be right now.”

 

The transportation budget also cut the public transit funding from 100 million dollars to 46.5 million.

 

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