UPDATE: Governor, lawmakers try to cut deal on Ohio gas tax increase

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - UPDATE: 3/29/10:35 A.M.

Gov. Mike DeWine and House and Senate lawmakers are continuing work on a compromise to raise the state gas tax to fix deteriorating roads and bridges.

A joint Senate-House committee was scheduled to meet Friday to iron out differences between their plans in the state Department of Transportation budget.

DeWine and House Speaker Larry Householder, both Republicans, announced a deal Thursday under which the gas tax would rise by 11 cents per gallon and diesel fuel by 20 cents.

But Senate lawmakers aren't on board yet. Householder says the current Senate proposal involves an 8.5 cents-per-gallon gasoline increase and a 13 cents-per-gallon increase on diesel.

The House and Senate in the meantime have agreed on more public transportation funding, adding $70 million a year, up from the current $33 million.

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UPDATE: 3/28/19 6:15 P.M.

The office of Republican Gov. Mike DeWine says the state gas tax would rise by 11 cents on a deal reached with the speaker of the Ohio House on the state transportation budget.

DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said Thursday the deal also calls for a 20-cents per gallon increase for diesel fuel.

The Senate has proposed a 6-cents-per gallon increase. DeWine originally sought an 18-cents per gallon increase.

DeWine says he hopes the Senate will also agree to the deal.

A joint Senate-House committee was scheduled to meet Thursday evening to iron out differences between plans.

DeWine said the deal will enable the Ohio Transportation Department to "improve and maintain" safer roads and bridges across Ohio.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's administration has recommended increasing the state's gasoline tax by 18 cents a gallon beginning July 1 and annually adjusting that tax for inflation to maintain roads and bridges.

Ohio Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks introduced the governor's $7.43 billion transportation budget proposal to the House Finance Committee on Thursday. He said the tax included in the two-year budget would be adjusted annually with the consumer price index to ensure sufficient funding continues.

By raising the tax from 28 cents to 46 cents, Marchbanks said the revenue raised during the first year equates to roughly $1.2 billion. That money would be split between ODOT and local governments.

Marchbanks told legislators that without more revenue, there will be "no funds for any highway improvement projects."

The budget requires legislative approval.

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