State Lawmakers Send Bipartisan Transportation Budget Bill To Governor's Desk
Final bill includes wins for local communities, public transit
April 02, 2019
 
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House Minority Whip and state Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today supported the final passage of House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s bipartisan two-year transportation budget. The bill makes historic investments in public transit and local communities for road and bridge repairs.


“It’s rare when a piece of legislation can bring unions, the business community, local mayors, and community activists together in unison. But that is exactly what happened with HB 62, the State Transportation Budget,” said Rep. Smith. “Across this state, it was acknowledged that something had to be done to fix Ohio’s crumbling roads and bridges and expand much needed public transit capabilities. This legislation does both and keeps our gas tax lower than Ohio’s neighboring states. HB 62 was a tremendous success for the Ohio House Coalition Government and the people of this state.”


HB 62 makes historic investments in local communities, including $140 million for the state’s public transit systems over the next two years, as well as a 12.5 percent increase for the local community share of new gas tax revenue, resulting in over $700 million during the next two years.


The bill also:


- Increases Ohio’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) from 10 percent to 30 percent of an individual’s federal tax credit and removes a 50 percent EITC cap for those with incomes above $20,000.


- Passes Dallas Swogger Act, which prohibits skateboards from being attached to motor vehicles.


- Creates Emergency Snowfall Fund for communities that receive 18 or more inches in one event.


- Removes the state’s front license plate requirement and creates the Road to Our Future Joint Legislative Committee to study advanced technology to replace the front license plate.


HB 62 heads to the governor to be signed into law.

 
 
 
  
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“Ohio is the birthplace of legendary musicians, unforgettable songs and ‘Rock N’ Roll’,” said Rep. Smith. “OhioSounds honors our proud legacy and works to cultivate a winning model moving forward. Ohio can become a destination for musicians, producers and industry leaders who will create jobs and strengthen our local economies. The OhioSounds tax credit will solidify our commitment to Ohio’s musical heritage and create new music that will provide the soundtrack to our lives.”

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