House GOP plan trims governor’s proposed gas-tax increase

A gas pump pumps fuel into a car at a Shell service station. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — 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.

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