transportation budget likely will include the full 6-cent-a-gallon
fuel tax hike sought by Gov. Bob Taft, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Tuesday.
last week, Senate Republicans abandoned a plan to cancel one-third
of the House-proposed increase if the federal government agreed
to help with highway funds.
state’s $4.7 billion construction budget, which legislative leaders
want ready for Taft’s signature by the end of the week, would increase
the state’s 22-cent-a-gallon fuel tax by 2 cents a year through
2005, The Newark Advocate reported. The increase would
raise $402 million annually for highway construction.
Senate Highways and Transportation Committee is expected to vote
on the budget early this week. The bill would then go to the full
plan to drop from the House version a proposed vehicle-titling fee
and instead raise driver’s license fees and annual vehicle registration
Senate agreed with another House proposal to lower the state’s blood-alcohol
limit from 0.10 percent to 0.08, as mandated by a 2000 federal law.
The state would lose 2 percent of its federal highway aid if it
fails to lower the standard.