The Ohio General Assembly was able to come together and pass the state transportation budget after reaching agreement on record funding for public transportation and an increase in both the state motor fuel and diesel taxes.
Investments and improvements to our state’s transportation system have been a priority for GOPC since our founding. We want to draw the attention of this committee to one of the more underutilized methods that we have at our disposal to alleviating congestion and reducing the damage inflicted upon our roadways – public transportation.
Since 2011, 33 states plus the District of Columbia have raised motor fuel taxes to meet the demand for increased revenues for transportation projects. These increases have provided needed funds to refurbish and replace outdated and failing infrastructure.
Earlier this month, GOPC was a table sponsor at the Gubernatorial Forum hosted by the The Ohio Association of Regional Councils (OARC). Speaking to a roomful of the state’s top political, business, and civic leaders, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray shared their campaign platforms related to transportation, infrastructure, job creation, and economic development.