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Sam Hendren

A pair of Republican senators want to keep requiring Ohio vehicles to have front license plates. A new provision that drops that requirement goes into effect next year, so the lawmakers say they still have time to fight the change.

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Plans to change the logo the state uses on handicap accessible signs are on hold after a warning from the federal government.

The I-70/I-71 interchange will be getting a major redo in the coming years.
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Ohio’s legislature has assembled a bipartisan working group to study how to improve the state's infrastructure.

In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo, a truck passes a red light photo enforcement sign that is placed below a red light camera at the intersection of Route 1 and Franklin Corner Road in Lawrence Township, N.J.
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While the new statewide gas tax went into effect on Monday, there are more rules in the transportation budget that go into effect July 3. Restrictions on red light cameras are among them.

The I-70/I-71 interchange will be getting a major redo in the coming years.
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It's about to get more expensive to register your vehicle in Columbus.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is vowing to fight a provision in the new two-year state transportation budget that would penalize cities for the use of red-light traffic cameras. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine Wednesday signed the bill, which also raises Ohio’s gas tax to fund road and bridge infrastructure repairs.

The transportation budget requires cities that operate red-light cameras to report any fines the cameras generate, and for the state to deduct that income from their state aid allocations.

The city reported roughly $1.9 million in revenue from its camera program 2018.

Otto Motors self-driving truck
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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.

highway in Columbus
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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.

There are sticking points in the debate over the transportation budget beyond how much to raise the gas tax. One of them is whether the state should impose new rules on communities using traffic cameras.

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Ohio lawmakers haven’t been able to come to an agreement over how much to raise the state’s gas tax.

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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.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina)
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As lawmakers are working out differences in their transportation budgets, there’s one thing in the Senate’s version that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with transportation: a change in a tax credit designed for low-income people. It’s being tied to the increase in the gas tax.

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. 

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