Ohio House and Senate approved the state’s $4.7 billion transportation
budget March 26, according to local media.
bill now goes to the governor for his signature.
two-year budget plan would raise the state’s fuel tax 6 cents a
gallon over the next three years. In the third year, however, if
the federal government meets certain highway funding goals, the
state would reduce up to 2 cents of the increase.
would also phase out the 3-cent diesel fuel surcharge, beginning
new budget would increase the 22-cent-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.
bill would lower the drunken driving standard from 0.10 percent
blood alcohol content to 0.08 percent, as mandated by a 2000 federal