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The Latest: Ohio Senate proposes 6-cent gas-tax increases

March 21, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a proposal to increase Ohio’s gas tax (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

The Ohio Senate has proposed increasing the state’s gas tax by 6 cents a gallon, down from the House’s planned increase of 10.7 cents a gallon and well below the governor’s proposed 18-cents a gallon to maintain roads and bridges.

The GOP-controlled Senate approved its version of Ohio’s transportation budget Thursday with a 24-to-6 vote, setting up a show-down with the House and also Gov. Mike DeWine.

DeWine, also a Republican, proposes raising Ohio’s current tax of 28 cents per gallon by 18 cents and adjusting it annually for inflation.

The House proposes a 10.7 cents-per-gallon increase for gas over three years, with diesel fuel going up 20 cents a gallon.

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4:19 p.m.

Ohio Senate Republicans have proposed increasing the state’s gas tax by 6 cents a gallon, down from the House’s planned increase of 10.7 cents a gallon and well below the governor’s proposed 18-cents a gallon to maintain roads and bridges.

The Senate’s transportation committee unveiled its tax increase for gas and diesel fuel to begin July 1 in a substitute version of Ohio’s transportation budget. That version passed 6-5 in the committee and was expected to go before the full Senate later Thursday.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine proposes raising Ohio’s current tax of 28 cents per gallon by 18 cents and adjusting it annually for inflation.

The House proposes a 10.7 cents-a-gallon increase for gas over three years, with diesel fuel going up 20 cents a gallon.

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