The Board of Directors for the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association recently voted to unanimously support Governor Mike DeWine’s original proposal calling for an increase to Ohio’s Fuel User Fee.
Gov. DeWine proposed an 18-cent increase in the state’s gas tax which, if approved by lawmakers, would take Ohio’s tax to 46 cents a gallon. The governor’s tax proposal is estimated to generate an additional $1.2 billion annually for road and bridge projects, the bare minimum, he claims, the state can spend to ensure its transportation infrastructure remains safe. In addition, the plan also calls for revenue sharing with Ohio municipalities, counties and townships.
“The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association Board has reviewed the various plans that have been announced and we back the proposal from the governor and the Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure. Money the state receives through the fee on motor fuel hasn’t kept pace with maintenance and construction needs to keep Ohio roadways in good condition. These roadways are the lifeblood for farmers to get grain to the marketplace,” said Jon Miller, president of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. “As the Ohio General Assembly reviews the budget plan unveiled by Gov. DeWine, we urge them to fully consider the ramifications that continuing to delay maintenance and upgrades of our transportation system will have on the public and on commerce. The advisory committee and the governor have laid out a case, and it shows, that there is a need for additional revenue in order to maintain investment that we made in highways across Ohio.”