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.
Governor Mike DeWine formally presented his budget recommendation to the Ohio legislature outlining his proposal for the state transportation budget. In addition to proposing to increase revenue for highway infrastructure, the budget proposal also includes a recommended increase in the amount of funding public transportation receives in the transportation budget.
GOPC is a leading advocate for policy reforms that will support a diverse and modernized transportation system in Ohio. To support GOPC’s most recent policy recommendations, GOPC has published a series of research memos that:
- Analyze Pennsylvania’s 2013 comprehensive budget reform and identifies strategies that Ohio could replicate. Undertaking a similar reform in Ohio could produce more resources and recalibrated funding to better fund all transportation modes, especially public transportation.
- Outline the benefits of “flexing” $30 million of Ohio’s federal dollars to public transportation. Ohio is the 7th most populous state in the country yet ranks 38th in state support of public transportation. The allocation of existing federal funds to transit could support 370 new rural transit vans or 107 new full size buses per year. Ohio currently has 275 rural vehicles and 900 urban buses beyond their useful life and 22 rural counties without any transit service.
- Discuss the benefits of raising the state motor fuel tax, indexing it to inflation and removing, through statewide ballot, the constitutional provisions that restricts the gas tax’s use to highways. By the Ohio constitution, the state’s gas tax can only be used for highway construction and repairs. While increasing the gas tax is not a complete solution, it is a longstanding resource that will remain so for Ohio.
To attract and retain businesses and residents, states across the country are investing in diverse, modern transportation systems that support all modes. Ohio has a geographic advantage of being within 600 miles of over half of the U.S. and Canadian populations. To leveraging this prime position, Ohio must invest in transit, bike/ped, rail, deep water ports, airports and highways. GOPC’s memos outline strategies to support and enhance all the modes that make up Ohio’s transportation system.
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