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MCO sales tax fix is added to the state budget, Dolan amendment directs state to seek approval to ex

The legislature's scheduled conference committee on the budget voted last night and INCLUDED an amedment offered by Senator Matt Dolan that will provide a long-term fix for the loss of revenue generated by the soon-to-be-rescinded MCO sales tax. Acceptance of the amendment is a significant victory for the state's public transit systems and the millions of people who depend upon them each and every day. We are pleased that the legislature recognized the important role transit plays in the lives of so many Ohioans. The amendment directs the Kasich administration to ask the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reset the new managed care franchise fee the agency approved earlier. If CMS

RTA managed-care sales tax fix still needed in Ohio budget: editorial

Still undone as Ohio lawmakers scramble to finalize a new two-year budget before the last one expires at midnight June 30 is a fix to keep Ohio counties from losing millions and to avoid a devastating revenue loss for sales-tax-aided transit systems such as the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. The issue concerns sales taxes on Medicaid managed-care organizations. The federal government has decreed Ohio can no longer impose those taxes after June 30. The budget proposed by Gov. John Kasich included a partial fix to keep state revenues intact and allow a little interim funding for counties -- but a fuller resolution is needed. At stake, according to budget testimony, is $18 millio

Public Transit Funding Cuts by the Numbers

President Trump's proposed "skinny" budget could devastate public transit--and the millions of Americans who depend on it for safe, reliable, convenient, and affordable transportation. Here's an overview of what's at risk if Congress follows the President's spending blueprint: The number of jobs at risk thanks to President Trump’s proposed budget cuts. Those jobs include 502,000 construction jobs plus another 300,000 jobs associated with increased economic productivity driven by public transit investment. The potential loss in economic output resulting from these proposed public transit cuts. Public transit investment pays off in the form of economic growth — growth that will be curtailed by

OPTA Needs you to take action: Please contact state legislators and ask that MCO fix be included in

The legislature's scheduled conference committee on the budget did not vote today, leaving more time to contact your legislators on two issues: the MCO sales tax and the transfer of funding out of the Office of Public Transit. We have met with the administration on both issues and continue to work the legislature hard. When contacting your legislator Tell them that the MCO sales tax is by far the largest issue facing transit this year and is the largest challenge the industry has faced for many years. How it is resolved will have a significant impact on the services transit provides. Share some of the cuts you will need to make. Mention Senator Dolan's amendment as a possible solution Note

Sales tax change, cuts threaten SARTA’s plans, public transit in state and nation

Kirt Conrad, executive director of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, envisions SARTA one day having only fuel-cell and compressed natural gas buses, coordinated service with neighboring transit agencies and teaming up with ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to supplement bus service. CANTON Kirt Conrad, executive director of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, has big plans for the transit agency. SARTA’s first three hydrogen-powered fuel cell buses are expected to make their debut on Stark County streets for regular service by Tuesday, with 11 expected to be serving SARTA riders by early next year. Seeking to reduce how much his buses pollute, Conrad wants to double th

OPTA President Kirt Conrad featured in hydrogen fuel cell video, Canton's SARTA is leader in ado

SARTA CEO/OPTA President Kirt Conrad plays a feature role in this new video that discusses the essential role hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses will play in public transit as our nation and the world embraces high-efficiency zero emission fuel sources in the years ahead. SARTA is on track to deploy the largest fleet of fuel cell-powered buses outside California. Two of the vehicles will begin regular service on Stark County's highways and byways this week. Nine more will follow by early next year. According to Mr. Conrad, the tag line: "The energy of tomorrow powering SARTA today," succinctly conveys the goals established for the fuel cell program. “Along with enabling us to cut our fuel cost

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