Ohio House passes budget bill proposing increased fuel taxes

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The Ohio House has passed a transportation budget bill that includes increases in the state’s gas and diesel taxes to help maintain roads and bridges.

The House passed the bill 71-27 on Thursday. It now heads to the Ohio Senate for consideration.

The bill would increase the gas tax by 10.7 cents per gallon over two years and the diesel tax by 20 cents per gallon over three years. Both increases would start Oct. 1.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine proposed increasing the current 28-cents-per-gallon tax by 18 cents a gallon. He said Thursday the House bill’s “far from ideal” and he plans to work with the Senate to improve it.

The legislation also would provide public transit with $100 million a year in federal transportation funds. DeWine proposed $40 million.

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