Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed into law on May 3 legislation to permit metro Atlanta to form a board and ask for voter approval of a local sales tax to fund transit expansion, and allotted $100 million in bonds for public transit.
The Missouri Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee voted May 3 to advance legislation that could increase the state motor fuel tax by 10 cents-per-gallon beginning Jan. 1, 2019. The bill needs to go to full vote on the Senate floor before moving on to the House for consideration, and if approved by the legislature, the measure would be subject to voter approval.
Compromise was reached on May 3 between the Kansas House and Senate on a bill to create a legislative task force that would evaluate and make recommendations on the state’s current and future transportation system needs that emerged from conference committee.
Connecticut House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) on May 2 decided against proceeding with a vote on toll legislation, citing lack of support from fellow lawmakers. In January, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) announced the cancellation of $4.3 billion worth of transportation projects due to lack of revenue. By July 1 the state will face a transportation fund deficit unless new revenue is approved, and transit services will face fare hikes and service cuts. State Republican legislators are urging consideration of a plan that would borrow funding for transportation projects.
With a legislative session deadline of May 9, Colorado lawmakers are working toward consensus on the amount of bonds to provide for transportation funding. Senate Bill 1, which could utilize $495 million in the next budget and ask voters in 2019 to approve $3.5 billion in bonds, cleared the Senate unanimously on March 28. After House Democrats proposed removing bonding from the measure, the two parties agreed on a lesser amount of bonds. Once the chamber votes on the changes the bill will go back to the Senate.
Read details about these bills and more on TIAC’s “State Transportation Funding Legislation” page.