Lawmakers Delay Gas Tax Negotiations Until Monday
A joint Ohio Senate-House committee working on a compromise over a new state gas tax has delayed its work until Monday.
The committee is trying to iron out differences between an 11-cent increase proposed by Governor Mike DeWine and House Speaker Larry Householder and a 6-cent increase proposed by Senate President Larry Obhof. All three are Republicans.
After the committee was delayed multiple times Friday, Representative Scott Oelslager, a Canton Republican, announced late in the day without explanation that the committee would reconvene Monday.
The tax is needed to fix deteriorating roads and bridges, but lawmakers disagree on how much funding is necessary.
The House and Senate, in the meantime, have agreed on more public transportation funding, adding 70 million dollars a year, up from the current 33 million.