Columbus Mayor Backs Ohio Gasoline Tax Increase

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--It's a rarity, but a democrat is supporting a republican when it comes to a tax proposal.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther Monday threw his support behind the plan proposed by Governor Mike DeWine to increase Ohio's gasoline tax, which would go from 28-cents a gallon to 46-cents a gallon, under the proposed two-year state budget.

Ginther says the increase would lead to investments in the city's roads, as well as infrastructure improvements for local businesses.

While most of the revenue from the tax would go to alleviate an upcoming budget shortfall for the state Department of Transportation, a portion of the revenue would go to local governments.

State lawmakers have expressed questions about the tax increase, like whether it can be implemented gradually, or if the revenue can be raised by other means.

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