Since the start of 2017, TIAC has tracked 59 transportation funding bills being considered in 21 states. This number closely matches the amount of legislation TIAC tracked over the same time period in 2015 and 2016, and is projected to grow as new bills are introduced throughout the year.
Motor fuel taxes remain the most popular revenue proposal in 2017, with 20 bills introduced in 11 states that include a motor fuel tax increase. Non-fuel tax recurring funding is the second most proposed topic, with 17 bills including either registration fee increases, tolling, sales taxes, license and weight fees, or another source of revenue that would continually contribute to the state’s transportation fund. Local funding and electric vehicle fees are also popular transportation revenue topics this legislative session.
Transportation funding continues to be a bipartisan issue. Republican state lawmakers have introduced 32 bills to-date, and Democratic state lawmakers have introduced 19 bills. Of the motor fuel tax increases, 10 were introduced by Republican lawmakers and nine were introduced by Democratic lawmakers.
TIAC staff tracks state legislative and ballot measures throughout the year, and provides a monthly report with the latest developments to increase state transportation funding. TIAC tracked over 90 bills in 39 states during the 2016 legislative session. To access historical reports, or to view the live map that tracks developments as they happen, visit the ‘State Legislation’ page of TIAC’s website, www.transportationinvestment.org. To receive updates of the report subscribe to “TranspoAdvocates News”.
Have we missed any state transportation funding legislation? To provide feedback on the report or contribute to this effort, contact Carolyn Kramer.