Written By: Ishton W. Morton – June 3rd, 2019
Although former Republican Ohio Governor John Richard Kasich Jr. was on MSNBC Hardball Show with Chris Matthew boasting of leaving the State of Ohio in excellent financial condition with a surplus, the very first thing in-coming Republican Governor Mike DeWine did was increase Ohio’s gas tax. Ohioans will now pay more for gas and diesel fuel under new state tax rates.
Commencing Monday, July 1st, 2019 the new rates which Republican Governor Mike DeWine has signed in the transportation budget back in April will increase Ohio’s tax on gas by 10.5 cents a gallon and 19 cents tax on diesel fuel.
According to the Governor, the bill is intended to providing money to maintain deteriorating roads and bridges. Thusly, Ohioans or anyone buying petrol in the State of Ohio are now paying a state tax rate of 38.5 cents per gallon on gas and 47 cents a gallon on diesel fuel.
Remember the most recent gas tax increase in Ohio occurred back in 2005, which then brought the tax to 28 cents per gallon.
Someone misrepresented the truth. If the state did indeed have a surplus; the question is what happened to those funds?
However, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Ohio is one of 12 states increasing its gas tax on July 1st, 2019. Although gas taxes are adjust each year to match inflation, Ohio’s will not despite the fact Governor DeWine requested it but it soundly rejected by Ohio’s legislators.
The Ohio’s legislators included allowing the removal of the front license plates from vehicles, starting July 1st, 2020. Also, this measure sets fees at $200 for alternative vehicles and $100 for hybrid vehicles. DeWine declined to veto this as well as other provisions of the bill.
Subsequently, revenues from gas taxes can only be used on construction and maintenance efforts on roads and bridges, as stated in the Ohio Constitution. Apparently, these revenues which are estimated to be an additional $865 million after the increase. It is believed that they will be split 55/45 between state and local governments. Meanwhile, it is estimated to cost each driver approximately $63 more per year.
Also, as a mechanism to raise additional funds for road projects, state lawmakers added an annual fee at the time of license renewals of $100 for hybrid vehicles and $200 for vehicles that can be plugged in.
Ironically, the estimated manifestation given herein is wrong. It does not give any reference to Ohioans that are dependent on public transportation, or drivers from out of state.
Misleadingly, everyone will pay the gas taxes. Although these taxes can only be used on construction and maintenance efforts on roads and bridges, as stated in the Ohio Constitution. It is necessary to understand that construction companies in general they simply do not employ African Americans or people of other ethnic groups.
Many of these construction companies are abusing the system and the people who are responsible to police the system knows it and as a general rule looks the other way.
According to Jack Marchbanks director ODOT who had this to say; “Earlier this year state transportation officials began to publicly sound the alarm on available funding for future road projects and the maintenance of existing roads. For years, the state had leveraged future toll road revenues to borrow money for road projects. However, the state had no more borrowing capacity.”
Marchbanks continued to say; “We were going to have to postpone maintenance. There would have been no new money for projects in the state of Ohio, which was not really a good place for us to be as a logistics state and the crossroads for the eastern half of the United States.”
Referencing Marchbanks’ statement, that is all well and good. What is needed is a fair representation of the system. African Americans are taxpayers too. They are owed a section of the pie.