Ohioans Reduce Miles Driven and State Tax Base

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A federal study shows that high gasoline prices are prompting Americans to drive a little less. That’s also happening in Ohio.

Fewer miles driven means the state government is no longer raking in its usual summer increase in gasoline tax revenue that’s used for highway and bridge construction and repairs.

Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen talked about the dilemma with a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation, Scott Varner who notes that the state gasoline tax in Ohio is 28 cents a gallon. That tax does not fluctuate with the price of fuel. The federal gas tax is 18.4 cents a gallon.

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