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Gov. Mike DeWine announces the Columbus Crossroads project will move forward, at a press conference April 15, 2019.
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On the roof a parking garage at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Gov. Mike DeWine assured a crowd that the Columbus Crossroads reconstruction project would move forward.

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Now that spring is finally here, Ohio’s road crews will be fixing potholes and pavement damaged over the winter.

The collapse of a bridge earlier this week in Tennessee is raising new alarms about the delicate state of infrastructure across the U.S.

Tennessee Department of Transportation engineers say that a concrete overpass spanning an interstate highway in Chattanooga fell when a truck carrying an oversize load hit the bottom of the bridge and sliced through steel beams underneath. One person driving underneath the bridge was injured, police say.

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Beginning July 1, Ohio’s gas tax will increase by 10.5 cents per gallon for regular fuel. The tax on diesel will go up by 19 cents, because big trucks do most of the damage on Ohio’s roads.

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Members of the Ohio House and Senate reached a deal to raise the gas tax by 10.5 cents beginning in July. The lawmakers say that will be enough to help Ohio close a funding gap for construction on the state's roads and bridges.

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A committee of the Ohio House and Senate has 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. The funds will go to maintaining deteriorating roads and bridges.

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The deadline for a new state transportation budget with a gas tax hike came and went at midnight—without a new spending plan being signed. Lawmakers are coming back to the Statehouse this week hoping to work it out.

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Ohio lawmakers continue to work behind closed doors on hammering out an agreement over how much to increase the state’s gas tax. The money would go toward the Ohio Department of Transportation's road construction projects, which face a funding shortfall of $1 billion.

Gov. Mike DeWine is trying a last ditch effort to push lawmakers back toward the gas tax increase that he originally proposed – which they slashed dramatically. 

The Republican Senate president is saying the competing transportation budget proposals are closer than they appear as lawmakers go into the final week of negotiations before the deadline to pass a new budget.

Senate Cuts DeWine's Gas Tax Hike Even More

Mar 22, 2019
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The Ohio Senate has approved a transportation budget increasing the state's gas tax by 6 cents a gallon, down from the House's planned increase of 10.7 cents a gallon and just a third of what Republican Gov. Mike DeWine proposed to maintain roads and bridges.

Senators have said they’re going to change the 10.7 cent gas tax increase that the House passed in the transportation budget. Gov. Mike DeWine says that’s too low, and the state needs an 18 cent hike. But one Republican senator has an idea that he says would eliminate the need for a tax increase.

Gov. Mike DeWine says he's trying to convey his message to lawmakers that the state is in dire need of more money for construction projects, and that his 18-cent gas tax increase proposal is the way to generate those funds. But the House cut that proposal down to 10.7 cents and Republican Senate leaders say more changes are coming.

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Republican leaders in the Ohio Senate have hinted at some possible changes to the transportation budget plan that could spark a debate among the Senate, House and governor's office.

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Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed 18 cents gas tax increase was dropped to 10.7 cents by the Ohio House. Now the transportation budget is in the Ohio Senate, where it’s likely to get changed again.

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