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As a record 2.1 million people will travel during the holiday weekend, people will pay more at the pump because of a state-wide gas tax increase.

Starting Monday, drivers will pay 10.5 cents a gallon more for gas and 19 cents a gallon more for diesel fuel after state lawmakers passed the transportation budget in April. Ohioans will pay a state tax rate of 38.5 cents per gallon on gas and 47 cents a gallon on diesel fuel after the increases are applied.

The increases, contained in the state transportation budget, would mean more than $850 million more per year for road and bridge projects. The final deal also sends 45% of the revenue from the tax increase to local governments, up from the 40% they get on the current gas tax

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine initially sought an increase of 18 cents a gallon for gas and diesel fuel and urged lawmakers not to reduce it. He called his proposal a “minimalist approach” that was necessary to fix the most serious problems as soon as possible.

“This was a job that no one relished,” DeWine said. “This was something that, frankly, had to be done if this state is going to move forward.”

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