Increased Gasoline Tax Now in Effect

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Ohio's increased gasoline tax is now in effect.

The state's new transportation budget, completed in April, went into effect for the new fiscal year, which began at midnight Monday.

The increase adds 10.5-cents per gallon for unleaded, and 19-cents a gallon for diesel.

Governor Mike DeWine originally asked for an 18-cent per gallon increase for unleaded fuel, but came to a compromise with state lawmakers on the smaller increase.

DeWine says the increase is to avoid a budget deficit for the state's Department of Transportation.

The increase also means road projects that were put on hold last year will now be completed.

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