Our coalition expresses deep appreciation to the governor, leaders of the general assembly and many legislators of both parties in the House and Senate for reacting quickly and decisively to news of a looming crisis in state and local transportation funding.
The bipartisan agreement up now up for floor votes in the House and Senate will help ODOT avoid a crippling financial shortfall, fund needed maintenance and provide funding for priority highway improvement projects. The motor fuel tax adjustment will also provide welcome increases in funding for local roadways — the first such increases in funding for local jurisdictions since the last Ohio motor fuel tax adjustment in 2005.
Our coalition believes a higher increase, with an indexing provision to offset the effects of inflation, would have been even better for Ohio in the long run, but there’s no question that today’s significant bipartisan package to increase roadway support and additional funding for public transit is a very positive outcome for our state’s economy and the day-to-day lives of our citizens.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Drivers will pay 10.5 cents a gallon more for gas and 19 cents a gallon more for diesel fuel, beginning in July, under a compromise struck by state lawmakers.