COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio House Republicans have proposed cutting Republican Gov. Mike Dewine’s 18-cents-per-gallon recommended gas-tax increase to maintain roads and bridges to 10.7 cents.
Republicans unveiled their plan Tuesday in a substitute version of Ohio’s transportation budget. The House finance committee plans to vote on it Wednesday with a full House vote expected Thursday.
DeWine proposes raising Ohio’s current tax of 28 cents per gallon by 18 cents starting July 1 and adjusting it for inflation going forward. The House proposes an increase of 10.7 cents over three years beginning Oct. 1. The House proposal would increase the diesel-fuel tax by 20 cents a gallon.
The House plan would raise about $872 million per year, compared with about $1.2 billion from DeWine’s plan.
DeWine says the House plan’s gas-tax increase isn’t enough.