Governor: 11-cent deal reached with Ohio House on gas tax


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The office of Republican Gov. Mike DeWine says the state gas tax would rise by 11 cents on a deal reached with the speaker of the Ohio House on the state transportation budget.

DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said Thursday the deal also calls for a 20-cents per gallon increase for diesel fuel.

The Senate has proposed a six-cents-per gallon increase. DeWine originally sought an 18-cents per gallon increase.

DeWine says he hopes the Senate will also agree to the deal. A joint Senate-House committee was scheduled to meet Thursday evening to iron out differences between plans.

DeWine said the deal will enable the Ohio Transportation Department to “improve and maintain” safer roads and bridges across Ohio.

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