Ohio Senate is expected to vote this week to cancel one-third of
a proposed 6-cent fuel tax hike if the federal government helps
with highway funds, according to local media.
Republican-led chamber also plans to eliminate the 3-cent diesel
proposed fuel tax, which would increase 2 cents a year through 2005,
would have ultimately raised $402 million more a year solely for
road projects, The Toledo Blade reported. When combined with proposed
hikes in vehicle registration fees and drivers' licenses, the state
Transportation Department hoped it would generate $580 million more
pays more in federal fuel taxes than it takes in, according to the
newspaper. If the state talks the U.S. Congress into providing it
with at least $130 million more a year in highway aid, roughly what
the final 2-cent component of the state fuel tax would generate,
the increase would be eliminated under the Senate plan.
bill is likely to end up in a joint conference committee to broker
a compromise between the House and Senate versions.
diesel differential would be phased out at the rate of a penny a
year, costing ODOT $35 million each year, The Blade reported.
also plan to drop a proposed vehicle-titling fee and instead raise
driver's license fees and annual vehicle registration fees.
bill includes an amendment lowering the state's blood-alcohol limit
from 0.10 percent to 0.08. A 2000 federal law requires each state's
legislature to adopt the 0.08 limit by 2004 or lose 2 percent of
its highway aid.