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DeWine Opposes Federal Gas Tax Hike

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DeWine wants any hike in the gas tax to benefit Ohio.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine doesn’t think there should be a federal hike in the gas tax. 

DeWine said increasing the federal gas tax wouldn’t be good for Ohioans.

“I’d rather for our drivers to pay money and let it stay right here in Ohio with no one taking anything off the top than for us to send it to Washington and let them skim some off and send it back to us.  We are a donor state. We contribute more in federal taxes than we get back in regard to the gasoline tax.”

DeWine wants lawmakers to pass an 18 cent increase, saying less would make Ohio’s roads unsafe.  The House version of his transportation budget has an 11 cent increase. The Senate is now considering the transportation budget that must be signed by March 31. 

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.