Republicans in the Ohio Senate are pushing for colleges to cut students’ costs by 5 percent and want the state to set up a drug prison where addicted inmates can get treatment.
A group known as Environment Ohio released a report Wednesday backing the Obama Administrationâ€™s proposed auto fuel efficiency standards. Those standards call for an average of 54.5 miles per gallon for vehicles by 2025. But better fuel economy means a decline in revenue for the state department of transportation.
A report by the state’s auditor has found that the Ohio Department of Transportation could save more than $6 million by selling underused heavy equipment and vehicles and closing two rest stops in eastern Ohio.
The new division will focus on finding new revenue streams for the financially-strapped agency.
A funding shortfall is forcing the department to delay several major projects, including an overhaul of the I-70/I-71 interchange.
The lack of funds could delays portions of the I-70/I-71 overhaul for as long as 16 years.