Ohio Senate voted March 25 in favor of a bill raising the state’s
fuel tax 6 cents a gallon over the next three years.
two-year transportation budget – approved by a 20 to 12 vote – would
also phase out the 3-cent diesel fuel surcharge by 2006.
state’s $5.9 billion construction budget would increase the 22-cents-a-gallon
fuel tax by 2 cents a year through 2005, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The increase would raise $402 million annually solely
for road projects.
combined with proposed hikes in vehicle registration fees and drivers’
licenses, the Ohio Transportation Department estimated it would
generate $580 million more a year.
joint House-Senate conference committee was scheduled to meet March
26 to hammer out a compromise. House Speaker Larry Householder,
R-Glenford, told The Toledo Blade a bill could reach
Gov. Bob Taft later that day.
bill would lower the legal threshold for drunken driving from a
blood alcohol content of 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.