State Senator Rob McColley (R- Napoleon) was named 2018 Legislator of the Year on September 25th by Clean Fuels Ohio at the organization’s 2018 Midwest Green Fleets Forum & Expo.
"We are proud to name Senator McColley as our 2018 Legislator of the Year," said Jason Phillips, Policy Director for Clean Fuels Ohio. "Senator McColley has shown tremendous leadership in working with us on a common sense solution regarding the road tax. We are excited to continue working with him in the Transportation budget coming up in 2019."
Left to right,: Sam Spofforth, Executive Director, Clean Fuels Ohio, Jason Phillips,
Policy Director, Clean Fuels Ohio and Senator Rob McColley
As it is currently written, Ohio’s tax code does not require compressed natural gas (CNG) or electric vehicle (EV) users to pay road tax. In the most recent Transportation budget, however, there was a proposal to add an immediate $0.28 per gallon tax on CNG. The proposal did not address EV users, though it was expected they would be included in some form. The planned dramatic cost increase would have proven to be unsustainable for most small businesses and fleets. Senator McColley worked with Clean Fuels Ohio and other alternative fuel groups which have recommended a gradual phase-in of the tax to allow businesses to adjust their budgets accordingly. The phase-in approach, advocated by Senator McColley, will provide a more practical introduction of this tax into the alternative fuel market and will ensure fleets utilizing alternative fuels are not caught off-guard by the sudden increase to their bottom-line.
“I am very thankful to Clean Fuels Ohio for presenting me with this award,” commented Senator McColley. “I was pleased to be recognized by an organization that makes such valuable contributions to our state’s transportation sector. Efficient movement of goods and services is vital to the economic health of Ohio, and our ability to conduct commerce in the 21st century depends on innovation in both transportation technologies and the policies that govern them. This is just one of many areas in which ensuring a business-friendly environment can strongly benefit our state’s economy.”
Senator McColley currently represents Ohio’s 1st Senate District which includes Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Logan, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and Williams counties.