Deadline Passes, No Transportation Budget in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--State lawmakers had until March 31st to work out a new transportation budget, to cover the department for the next two years, but that deadline passed, and no deal was done in time.

The Ohio House and Senate had a disagreement over how much to increase the state's gasoline tax, with Governor Mike DeWine making the request to help alleviate a budget shortfall for ODOT.

DeWine originally asked for an 18-cent per gallon increase.

DeWine and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder agreed to increase the tax 11-cents a gallon for unleaded gasoline, but the Ohio Senate only previously agreed to an increase of 6-cents a gallon.

Senate President Larry Obhof maintains that the department will stay fully funded until July 1st, while the work continues to come to a compromise.

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