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Ohio lawmakers hike gas, diesel taxes to fund road fixes

Lt. Col. Marla Gaskill of the Ohio State Highway Patrol explains why safer roads can save lives and prevent troopers from having to deliver bad news to family members of road accidents, at a news conference attended by Gov. Mike DeWine, left, and Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath, right, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. DeWine enlisted patrol members in a push to tie his proposed 18-cent per gallon gas tax increase to public safety. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

Associated Press

Drivers would pay 10.5 cents a gallon more for gas and 19 cents a gallon more for diesel fuel under a long-awaited compromise struck by state lawmakers Tuesday. The compromise ended days of negotiations among legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, who had wanted the rate to be much higher. After approval by a bipartisan conference committee, it moved quickly through the full House and Senate.