Ohio House, Senate OK proposal to increase tax on gas by 10.5 cents per gallon

Ohio House, Senate OK proposal to increase tax on gas by 10.5 cents per gallon
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s House and Senate have approved a proposal to increase the state tax on gas by 10.5 cents a gallon and the tax on diesel fuel by 19 cents to maintain deteriorating roads and bridges.

Both chambers voted Tuesday to approve the long-awaited compromises on the tax increases in the state transportation budget. The compromises cleared a conference committee earlier Tuesday. The new tax rates would start July 1 under the plan, which still requires the governor's signature.

The increases mean Ohioans would pay a state tax rate of 38.5 cents per gallon on gas and 47 cents a gallon on diesel fuel.

The budget plan also would allow for removal of front license plates starting July 1, 2020, and would boost public transportation funding by adding $70 million a year.