Columbus, OH — The working men and women of Ohio’s Affiliated Construction Trades (ACT Ohio) commend Governor DeWine and members of the Ohio House and Senate for their commitment to maintaining Ohio’s critical transportation infrastructure. Their agreement on a 10.5-cents-per-gallon gas tax and 19-cents-per-gallon diesel tax will lead to thousands of direct jobs for blue-collar construction workers making competitive wages and good benefits for their families.

Ohio’s two-year Transportation Budget is vital to the state’s economic and workforce development, as it funds state and local construction projects which put tens of thousands of Building Trades journeypersons and apprentices to work every day. In short, House Bill 62 is a jobs bill. It will help ensure continued economic strength and low unemployment figures for the State of Ohio.

Additionally, the strong infrastructure which HB62 will help fund is vital to Ohio’s continued industrial and overall economic growth.

“Ohio’s deteriorating infrastructure needs some major improvements,” says Ohio State Building & Construction Trades Secretary Mike Knisley. “Companies looking to invest in Ohio will see see new roads and bridges and take that as a commitment to economic development. This gives us an edge over other states and is a big step forward for Ohio’s economic growth.”

ACT Ohio appreciates the leadership of Governor DeWine and the General Assembly for reaching bipartisan agreement on this meaningful investment in infrastructure, economic development and middle-class jobs for Ohioans.