Kelly Opposes Ohio Transportation Budget
Applauds investment in public transit, but regressive gas tax not the solution to budget shortfall
March 07, 2019
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State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today voted against House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s two-year transportation budget to fund road and bridge improvements and public transit throughout the state. While HB 62 includes an historic $200 million investment in the state’s public transportation system, it also stands to raise the gasoline tax to fill the state’s $1 billion shortfall for road and bridge maintenance and construction.

“With 2 million Ohio workers earning the minimum wage, too many Ohioans work hard, but still have to worry if they will be able to pay rent, send their kids to college, or save for retirement. As legislators we have a responsibility to make life better for the people in this state,” said Kelly. “I welcome the opportunity to work with my colleagues to find more fiscally responsible ways to address the deficit that don’t fall on the backs of working people.”

Ohio drivers will see a 10.7-cent gas tax increase phased in beginning with a 7-cent increase on October 1, 2019, with the remaining increase scheduled to kick in a year later.

HB 62 heads to the Senate for further consideration.

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