Ohio lawmakers propose much smaller gas tax increase

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio legislators are proposing a smaller gas tax increase than originally called for by Governor DeWine.

In his proposed transportation budget, Governor DeWine proposed an 18 cent gas tax increase to plug a shortfall in the state’s road funding.

Under the latest language inserted into that budget bill by legislators, the gasoline tax will increase by 10.7 cents over the next three years. Diesel will increase by 20 cents over the same period of time.

The proposal also calls for a $200 registration fee for electric vehicles and $100 for hybrid vehicles.

Compressed natural gas would also be taxed under the proposal.

If enacted, the first phase of the gas tax increase would take place on October 1, 2019.

A vote is expected later this week.

Several other changes are proposed in the latest version of the bill, including the elimination of the front license plate.

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