Lawmakers in Columbus must approve a transportation budget by the end of this month. It is likely to include a hike in the state gasoline tax of 18 cents, the amount Gov. Mike DeWine wants to begin collecting by July 1.
DeWine’s proposal comes with the endorsement of the Ohio Department of Transportation and other nonpartisan groups and individuals familiar with the transportation industry and state finances.
It comes with our endorsement as well.
We readily acknowledge no one wants to pay higher taxes.
No one wants to pay for costly repairs to their vehicles, either. Or see economic development move to other states. Or suffer a tragic loss of life.