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State & Local Funding News

TIAC staff tracks the latest state and local transportation funding news and provides regular updates on TranspoAdvocates News. To contribute to these efforts, contact Carolyn Kramer.


 

July 13: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

July 13: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

A Nov. 6 California ballot measure will decide whether to mandate a state referendum for any gas tax increases, retroactive to January 2017. The immediate impact would be the repeal of Senate Bill (SB) 1, which raises an estimated $5.2 billion annually for transportation infrastructure through a 12 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase and raises in other transportation-related expenses. More than 200 projects throughout the state risk delay or cancelation if SB1 is repealed. Read More>>

A Georgia tax revenue sheet released July 9 revealed an 8 percent, or $11.9 million, increase in gas tax revenue. A portion of gas tax revenue funds road and construction initiatives throughout the state. Read More>>

Maine legislators unanimously passed legislation on July 9 to place a transportation bond issuance measure on the November ballot. This measure would secure $106 million for various transportation projects throughout the state. Read More>>

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed a bill on July 2 establishing a 27-member commission to provide insight on long-term infrastructure plans. Read More>>

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on July 6 suggested the possibility of a special session to secure an additional $200 million annually for transportation initiatives through taxes on internet sales, sports betting, and a state lottery. Read More>>

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) announced on July 1 a five-year transportation plan that will allocate an unprecedented $600 million to transportation projects throughout the state. Federal funding makes up 40 percent of the revenue. Read More>>

The Illinois Department of Transportation pledged $2 billion for infrastructure projects this year as part of a six-year, $11 billion transportation plan. Experts suggest that the new plan falls short by billions of dollars needed to address long-term infrastructure concerns. Read More>>

Ohio gubernatorial candidates on July 11 discussed ideas to provide new revenue for transportation infrastructure projects. Read More>>

Theresa Ranni, ARTBA TIAC/Economics Intern, contributed to this report.

June 28: State Transportation Funding News

June 28: State Transportation Funding News

Updated resource: Read ARTBA-TIAC’s “State Motor Fuel Tax Increases: 2013 – 2018” handout to learn about the 27 states that have raised or adjusted their gas taxes since 2013.

A spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) said that federal funding uncertainty is adding to the difficulties of planning long-term transportation construction projects. MDOT Director Kirk Steudle also said the state’s 2015 transportation funding bill (approved revenue increases don’t fully phase in until 2021) is only slowing the rate of deterioration. A 2016 study found that Michigan needs an additional $2.2 billion annually to fix all of its roads and bridges. Read More>>

A June 21 report from TRIP found that poor roads and congestion are costing Ohio drivers as much as $2,180 each annually. Read More>>

Register Now for July 18 Transportation Funding Advocacy Workshop

Register Now for July 18 Transportation Funding Advocacy Workshop

Transportation investment champions from around the country are coming to the 5th Annual “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates”, July 18, at the Hyatt Regency Washington in Washington, D.C. Nearly two dozen experts and advocates are scheduled to share their research and experiences with advocating for transportation funding increases—what works, what doesn’t work, national trends, and federal involvement.

Sessions will explore how to build campaigns, how to reach your state legislators and gain public support, how states chose a funding method, and how advocates tackle the next challenge after a major transportation funding bill has passed.

Watch this short video to learn more reasons to attend the Workshop!

Space is limited! Register today to reserve your spot, or view more information about the Workshop on TIAC’s website.

The Workshop is being held in conjunction with ARTBA’s 30th annual “Public-Private Partnerships in Transportation Conference.”

June 22: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

June 22: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) announced on June 21 $18.1 million in funding for state transportation infrastructure projects through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB), a program that provides grants and loans to highly competitive transportation projects that have enhanced mobility in local communities throughout Georgia. This year’s grant enables projects with a total value of $136.1 million to go forward, representing a better than 7 to 1 ratio of other funds to GTIB funds. Read More>>

Maine legislators will reconvene for a special session on June 26, during which legislators will consider the inclusion of a $100 million transportation bond measure for the November ballot. Read More>> 

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on June 8 $1.5 billion of Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant allocations for 26 projects. Twenty of the projects received at least $25 million and six projects were awarded at least $5 million. Read More>>

Theresa Ranni, ARTBA TIAC/Economics Intern, contributed to this report.

June 14: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

June 14: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

The North Carolina legislature on June 13 sent a $3 billion transportation bond measure to the governor for approval. Gov. Roy Cooper (D) is expected to sign the measure.

Follow state transportation funding legislation on the TIAC website.

The Iowa Transportation Commission unanimously voted on June 13 to approve a $3.4 billion 2019-2023 Transportation Improvement Program. The program attributed a list of additional projects to the state’s 10 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase approved in 2015, which added over $500 million to the five-year plan. Read More >>

A Wisconsin coalition organized a tour of local roads and bridges for elected officials and county representatives on June 12. The event was meant to draw attention to the need for increased investment in order to provide needed repairs. Read More>>

The Indiana Department of Transportation on June 11 signed a $9.6 million contract with HNTB Indiana Inc. to study the impact of tolling and develop a strategic plan for the implementation of tolling on interstate highways. Potential tolling locations include the I-465 loop in Indianapolis. Read More >>

The Missouri Department of Transportation on June 8 released an updated 2019-2023 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), outlining a $900 million annual construction program that consists of 1,319 transportation projects to maintain the state’s current system. This funding falls short of an additional annual need of $925 million to fund high priority transportation projects. Read More >>

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers (R) and House Speaker David Osborne (R) on June 13 expressed the need to increase transportation infrastructure funding through new funding sources, in addition to the existing gas tax. Read More >>

Theresa Ranni, ARTBA TIAC/Economics Intern, contributed to this report.