Ohio House Lawmakers Cut DeWine's Proposed Gas Tax Increase

Mar 6, 2019

Hours after Gov. Mike DeWine’s State of the State speech in which he argued for an 18 cent gas tax increase to fund road repair and maintenance, state lawmakers cut his request dramatically.  

“Beginning October 1, 2019, Ohio’s motor vehicle fuel tax will be increased by 10.7 cents on gasoline and 20 cents on diesel.” House Finance Committee chair Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) said it’ll be phased in over three years to raise $872 million, and it won’t be indexed to inflation, so it won’t increase every year.

“The increase will be divided 60-40 between ODOT and local governments, providing an additional $523 million to ODOT and $349 million to local governments.”

Registration for electric vehicles will be $200, and hybrids $100. And public transit funding would go from $40 million to $70 million. DeWine had said the 18 cent increase would bring in $1.2 billion, and said this proposal is grossly inadequate.