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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.

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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It’s been a few years, but state lawmakers are trying again to put rules on local traffic cameras, which they’ve said communities use to generate revenue rather than improve safety. The new regulations are part of the same budget that would raise the state’s gas tax.

When asked by reporters whether it's time for the federal government to hike taxes on gas, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine explains why he thinks that's not a good idea.

Mass transit advocates in Ohio got a huge surprise in the House version of the transportation budget – funding for public transportation soared by 150% over Gov. Mike DeWine’s original proposal.  And they're hoping the Senate will go along with that too.

highway in Columbus
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

There are some big changes in the transportation budget passed by the House compared to the proposal from Gov. Mike DeWine, who has said an 18 cent gas tax hike is needed to maintain and repair Ohio’s roads.

The director of the Ohio Department of Transportation isn’t pleased with the decision by the House Finance Committee to cut Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed 18 cent gas tax increase down to just under 11 cents. But he’s holding out hope, even though that plan is likely to be on the House floor Thursday.

The new Ohio State University Airport in Northwest Columbus.
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The Ohio State University finished a major renovation at its Don Scott Airport, featuring a new terminal, lobby and aviation center.

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Former COTA board member Bob Weiler wants to see the bus system become accessible to all riders without paying fare.

A COTA bus stop in downtown Columbus.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

On a brisk winter day, passengers huddle outside the Linden Transit Center waiting to board their COTA bus. Riders swiped passes one by one and inserted change into the pay machines.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
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In his campaign for governor last year, Republican Mike DeWine accused his Democratic opponent Richard Cordray of planning to raise taxes. Now, within weeks of taking office, Gov. DeWine is proposing an 18-cent-per-gallon hike in Ohio’s gas tax to pay for road maintenance and construction.

Democratic representatives in the Ohio House want to go from investing about $6 million into public transportation to $150 million, as the state transportation department tries to figure out how to plug a $1 billion hole in the road construction and repair budget.

Most American automobiles are powered by internal combustion engines: Gas or diesel goes in, tiny explosions power pistons and turn a crankshaft, the car moves forward, and carbon dioxide goes out.

But a growing chorus of environmental activists, business analysts and auto executives are predicting a sea change as battery-powered electric vehicles grow in popularity.

highway in Columbus
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

A panel of transportation experts is telling Gov. Mike DeWine that the best way to generate more funding for road projects is to increase the gas tax, but they avoided a specific recommendation.

highway in Columbus
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

The road ahead is rough for the Ohio Department of Transportation, according to the agency’s director.

Esther Honig / WOSU

A 15-member committee will meet soon to make recommendations on how to fix Ohio’s lack of funding for major road construction. But public transportation advocates say they’ve been left out of the process.

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