Those who drive for a living say gas tax will hit them hard

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A proposed gas tax will affect businesses and individual drivers, but it could affect those in the business of driving even more.

Thursday, Governor Mike DeWine proposed raising Ohio’s gas tax by 18 cents per gallon to make up a one billion dollar transportation budget shortfall.

“As you may recall, due to flat revenues, highway construction inflation, and mounting debt payments,
ODOT is in jeopardy of being unable to fulfill its mission. The credit cards are maxed out and the longterm health of Ohio’s transportation system is now at stake,” Ohio Department of Transportation Director Marchbanks said.

According to a release from ODOT, the revenue in the first year would equal approximately 1.2 billion and be split roughly 60-40 between ODOT and local governments. The funds would be restricted for purposes related to the construction, reconstruction, maintenance and repair of public highways and bridges.

NBC4’s Tylar Bacome spoke with a man who supports his family by driving for Uber. Watch the video above to see what he had to say.

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