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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.


 

March 17: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

March 17: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

National gasoline sales rose 2.2 percent from January through November 2016 when compared to the same time frame in 2015, according to a March 9 updated report from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The South Gulf region saw the largest grown (3 percent), while the region with the smallest growth— the South Atlantic— still saw gasoline sales grow by 1.5 percent. Read More>>

The American Society of Civil Engineer’s latest Infrastructure Report Card gives U.S. infrastructure an overall grade of D+. Specifically, U.S. bridges received a C+ and roads were graded a D. Read More>>

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (D) told an audience on March 16 that a gas tax increase is necessary to close a $500 million shortfall in the state budget and avoid a “meltdown”. Read More>>

March 9: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

March 9: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

While Minnesota ranks eighth highest on highway spending per capita and 18th highest on its share of statewide highway spending in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), when costs are adjusted to factor in unique challenges to the state—such as harsh winter weather and population size— it drops to 37th  highest on its share of highway spending per capita and 41st on its share of highway spending in GDP, according to an analysis released by the University of Minnesota’s Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness Program. Read More>>

 Wisconsin Republican leaders disagree on the necessity of a long-term transportation funding solution this legislative session. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R- District 63) has pushed for a reliable source of new revenue, while Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R- District 13) has argued that shifting general fund revenue to the transportation fund would provide lawmakers more “breathing room” to find a permanent solution. Read More>>

 New Jersey Sen. Steven Oroho (R- Sussex) has proposed legislation to utilize $400 million from the state’s transportation fund for immediate construction work on the state’s roads and bridges. The plan has drawn criticism for excluding New Jersey Transit. Read More>>

Connecticut House Democratic leaders on March 8 recognized that the state’s transportation fund shortfall needs to be addressed this legislative session. Read More>>

March 9: Transportation Funding Legislation Advances in Three States

March 9: Transportation Funding Legislation Advances in Three States

The Ohio Senate on March 1 approved a two-year budget measure that will provide $7.8 billion in transportation funding. The measure would also permit counties to levy an additional $5 motor vehicle registration tax (subject to voter approval). The bill now goes to the Senate for review. Read More>>

 The Utah legislature on March 8 sent a bill to Gov. Gary Herbert (R) that would alter the variable-rate gas tax formula, a 12 percent tax on the average wholesale price (AWP) of gasoline that was approved in 2015 transportation funding legislation that is set to take effect when the AWP of gasoline reaches $2.45 per gallon. The legislation increases the variable-rate tax to 16 percent of the AWP of gasoline, and lowers the trigger price to $1.78 per gallon (expected to kick in on Jan. 1, 2019). The legislature approved another bill on March 7 that would authorize up to $1 billion in general obligation bonds over four years to accelerate transportation projects. Both bills are pending Gov. Herbert’s review and approval. Read More>>

After months of discussion, Colorado lawmakers have unveiled a compromise proposal to increase the state sales tax by 0.62 percent to fund a 10-year, $3.5 million transportation bond package. The bipartisan legislation would also decrease vehicle registration fees. If approved by lawmakers the measure would go before voters in the November 2017 General Election. Read More>>

March 2: State Transportation Funding News Roundup- Governors and Legislators

March 2: State Transportation Funding News Roundup- Governors and Legislators

Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke (R- District 27A) expects transportation funding will be a bigger issue than anticipated in the last month of the 2017 legislative session,  describing damaged roads and rough winter weather during a March 1 lunch with the Capitol press corps. Read More>>

 California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and state lawmakers have agreed to reach a solution to the state’s transportation funding shortfall by April 6. Read More>>

 In his Feb. 9 budget address, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) proposed utilizing a budget surplus to provide an estimated $84 million to repair roads, bridges and schools. Read More>>

 Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s (R) transportation funding plan— the “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy” (IMPROVE) Act—  narrowly passed the House Transportation Subcommittee with significant amendments on a vote of 4-4, requiring Speaker Pro Tem Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) to provide a tie-breaking vote. The subcommittee, which was widely viewed as one of the toughest challenges for the IMPROVE Act, replaced the proposed motor fuel tax increase with a 0.25 percent allocation of the general sales tax, and removed indexing motor fuel taxes to inflation. The IMRPOVE Act now goes to the full House Transportation Committee. Read More>>

March 2: State Transportation Funding News Roundup- Shortfalls

March 2: State Transportation Funding News Roundup- Shortfalls

Louisiana roads and bridges could lose millions of dollars of federal matching revenue in the next few years if new state transportation funding is not approved, according to state Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson. Without new revenue, Louisiana could lose up to $150 million as early as next year, and $300 million in the second year. Read More>>

 Without additional revenue Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund could become insolvent between fiscal years 2021 and 2022, warned Garrett Eucalitto, undersecretary for Transportation, Conservation and Development at the state’s Office of Police and Management, during a Feb. 24 legislative tolling workshop. Read More>>

 Colorado state highway director Shailen Bhatt on Feb. 21 informed business leaders that the value of $1 in 1991— the last time the state gas tax was raised— has dropped to 40 cents in today’s value, resulting in less funding for road construction. Read More>>