The state gas tax has not been increased in more than a decade but Ohio roads and bridges need significant work. How do you propose addressing this?

As Midwest Policy Manager for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, I am engaged in many discussions about raising gas taxes, which also provide less funding for transportation infrastructure due to the increasing fuel efficiency of vehicles. I certainly believe that one’s use of roads and bridges should be harnessed to contribute to their upkeep, and a gas tax captures this to some degree. Thus, I would support a slight increase in the state gas tax, but there are other strategies to be considered including innovative sales tax allocation, which has been promoted in Minnesota to address infrastructure needs. Our state legislature must collaborate with federal agencies to secure the full support of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to truly do something about Ohio’s crumbling infrastructure. Financial resources exist to encourage investment in infrastructure, and state policies can be designed to further promote this important economic activity, which would create good jobs and increase consumer spending.

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