Proposal: $55 million annually for public transportation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The latest version of Ohio's transportation budget would provide $55 million annually for public transportation in the state.

The state Senate approved the amount this week as the GOP-controlled chamber passed the budget, which includes a 6-cent per gallon increase in the state gas tax.

The Senate public transportation proposal provides less than the $100 million proposed by the House, but more than the $40 million in Gov. Mike DeWine's original proposal.

Republican state Sen. Matt Dolan pushed for the $55 million through a last-minute amendment, calling the amount a Senate statement that public transportation is a priority.

The bill is headed for a conference committee to iron out several differences, chief of which is the gap between DeWine's proposed 18-cent gas tax increase and the Senate's much lower proposal.