One of the most primary and necessary roles of the government is to fund our infrastructure—the vast system of roads, highways, and bridges that make up our country. The creation of these thoroughfares is at the discretion of the government for the public’s use, and therefore, it is the government’s responsibility to ensure they are properly maintained.

Every two years, the Ohio General Assembly passes the state transportation budget as a part of the two-year budget package the governor puts together for consideration. The transportation budget, House Bill 26, determines how the state will allocate its transportation-related resources for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019. The bill was recently signed and approved by Governor Kasich and will take effect at the end of this fiscal year on June 30.

The provisions within House Bill 26 strive to make Ohio more competitive, especially on a national basis. For example, the bill retains the taxation of the motor fuel tax (MFT) at the wholesale level. With this continuation, Ohio business owners will have up to a month after purchasing to pay tax to the state, preventing these businesses from having to make payments before earning revenue from the sale of fuel. Further, the bill maintains that the MFT is not applied to the sale of compressed natural gas, a still developing industry on which such a tax would place an additional burden.

House Bill 26 also makes some common-sense reforms for every day Ohioans. The legislation includes a measure to permit an unattended vehicle to be running if it is locked or parked on a residential property. In the brutally cold winters that Ohio often experiences, many people will start their cars in their driveways a few minutes prior to leaving, allowing them to warm and not realizing that this practice is in fact illegal. The provision expands the rights of Ohio motorists while on private property.

The state transportation budget encompasses many different reforms and provisions, all committed to balancing Ohio’s transportation and infrastructure needs and enhancing public safety. Through this legislation, we can ensure that the state allocates its resources responsibly to secure safe roads and bridges, utilize technological innovation, and promote business growth. The budget process requires much deliberation and discussion between the House, Senate, and administration, but I am confident that this bill will do more for Ohioans.

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Rep. Green Encourages Constituents To Submit Online Legislative Survey


State Representative Doug Green (R-Mt. Orab) has set up an online legislative survey in an effort to gain feedback from the residents of the 66th Ohio House District regarding a variety of state issues. The survey can be accessed at: