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Ohio Department of
February 27, 2007
2.20.07 - Strickland Announces Transportation, Public Safety
Budgets for Next Biennium
Columbus, Ohio Ohio Governor Ted Strickland today presented
his budget for the Ohio Department of Transportation and the
Ohio Department of Public Safety to the Ohio General Assembly.
Stricklands total recommended transportation budget for fiscal
years 2008 and 2009 biennium are $3.9 and $3.8 billion
I believe this budget defines and funds our transportation and
public safety priorities in a fiscally responsible way,
Strickland said. This budget represents the challenges,
opportunities, priorities and realities we currently face.
Ohio Department of Transportation
Stricklands budget for the Department of Transportation calls
for a top-to-bottom reassessment of major new construction
projects and criteria used to choose those projects, set by the
Transportation Review Advisory Council, to ensure the department
is on solid financial footing and that the state is a more
reliable partner to local communities. The reassessment will
include a review of how to maximize the Department of
Transportations use of federal dollars.
Our transportation policy must renew and revitalize our cities
and towns, connect our isolated economies to national markets,
and maintain the pristine nature of Ohios rural areas,
Strickland said. The investments we make in our roads, highways
and state infrastructure should contribute to job creation.
During this review, efforts will be made to be as minimally
disruptive as possible to the Department of Transportations new
construction schedule for the next two years.
The Department of Transportation makes up 80 percent of the
total budget with total appropriations of about $3.2 billion in
fiscal year 2008 and over $3.1 billion in fiscal year 2009.
Ohio Department of Public Safety
Most significantly in the Department of Public Safety, the Ohio
State Highway Patrol is facing a $29 million shortfall in 2009
because the patrol will no longer be receiving a share of the
In order to keep the patrol from facing a $29 million deficit,
Strickland will propose a change in the gasoline shrinkage and
Safety is a top priority of this administration, and our state
troopers work with our counties and municipalities to keep Ohio
as safe as possible, Strickland said. We must not weaken the
troopers strong presence on our highways, and we must provide
them with the resources they need to keep Ohioans safe.
The Ohio gasoline shrinkage and evaporation allowance, which
exists to offset the costs to petroleum companies for
evaporation at the pump, was to be raised to 3.0 percent in this
biennium, but it will be lowered to 1.0 percent, which is the
national median for the last fully compiled set of data from
2001. This change in the allowance will generate $38 million.
Consumers should not pay the price for this change. The portion
of the shrinkage and evaporation allowance transmitted to
retailer will not change, so Ohioans should be protected at the
pump from any added costs.
The Department of Public Safety budget represents 18 percent of
the total budget with appropriations of $685 million in fiscal
year 2008 and $690 million in fiscal year 2009.
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