Is the Federal Motor Fuel Tax Really ‘Broken’?

Ohio Contractors Association President Chris Runyan comments on the Federal Motor Fuel Tax.  Is it broken – or mismanaged? One good thing about an editorial is that not only can I editorialize, I can vent – within reason. An article I recently read has prompted me to want to vent a little bit. In it, a U.S. House of Representatives member (not from Ohio), commenting on...

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Highway Funding 101

Ohio Contractors Association President Chris Runyan comments on the permissible uses of federal funds, general revenue fund taxes vs. user fees and the gas tax.  Since being motivated by a recent trip to Washington, D.C. to discuss federal transportation funding with our state’s congressional delegation and hearing all kinds of tantalizing factoids, let’s turn this...

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A New ODOT Budget Bill is in the Works

The proposed ODOT 2014-2015 transportation budget was submitted to the Ohio House of Representatives in early February.  The following post is abridged from Mr. Runyan’s commentary in the January/February issue of Ohio Contractor magazine. In what seems like no time at all, we have arrived at the point in time where the Kasich Administration will be submitting a proposed...

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‘Right-foot’ Voters & the 2012 Presidential Election

A Look at the Democratic & Republican Parties’ Transportation Platforms The presidential debates have concluded; the polls for the 2012 Election are nearing their end – thankfully; and after an early Tuesday in November, Americans will return to their daily lives hoping they made the correct decision. While the turnout for the 2012 Election is expected to surpass the...

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Restructuring Gas Taxes Makes Good Sense

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) officially went into effect on 10/1.  While the program will keep dollars flowing to surface transportation projects for two more years, it does not solve the problem of funding America’s infrastructure for the long term.  In fact, lawmakers will once again confront the question of sustainable funding for our...

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Welcome to the OCIA Blog

The Ohio Construction Information Association is happy to announce the launch of our new blog. Over the years OCIA has become a valuable resource for contractors, legislators and Ohio residents – virtually anyone concerned about restoring and improving our highways, streets, bridges, and utilities. Keeping you informed has always been our goal and the new OCIA blog will...

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