Ohio mulls getting out-of-staters to pay for our roads

State money for infrastructure projects is dwindling, and a state committee is trying to figure out how to confront that problem.

One idea floated by State Sen. Bill Coley, R-West Chester Twp., and echoed by State Rep. Jim Butler, R-Oakwood: Raising the gas tax only for non-Ohioans, letting state residents use something like a rewards card to demonstrate they have already pre-paid a motor fuel tax.

The state could charge a new tax for road and infrastructure work — perhaps $100 per car and more for trucks, Coley said.