Voting for a gas tax increase to fund transportation investments has not hurt Republicans or Democrats at the ballot box, a new political analysis shows.
A new analysis of eight states that passed legislation to increase their state motor fuel taxes in 2015 to pay for important new transportation improvements shows that 98 percent of Republican and Democratic lawmakers who supported the bill won their primary races in 2016.
2016 Ballot Initiatives Report
Preliminary November 8 election results show voters in 22 states approved ballot measures that will provide $203 billion
in funding extensions and new revenue for state and local transportation projects.
2015 Ballot Initiatives Report
The Nov. 3 election results show voters in eight states approved 26 of 37 (70 percent) state or local referendums to increase transportation funding, according to an analysis by ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™. The measures will generate nearly $4 billion in estimated revenue for transportation projects over the coming years.
2014 Ballot Initiatives Report
Voters across the nation again demonstrated they strongly support increased investment in transportation improvements, approving 63 of 94 (67 percent) transportation-related initiatives that were on the November 2014 ballot, according to a report from ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center. The measures will provide nearly $15 billion in additional in revenue for transportation improvement projects.
2014 Ballot Initiatives Report Updated 11/05/2014
2013 Ballot Initiatives Report
Voters across the nation again confirmed the high value they place on transportation infrastructure improvements by approving 86 percent of November 5 ballot measures to increase or extend funding for highways, bridges and transit and electing two transportation advocates for governor. There were 29 ballot initiatives at the state and local level, the largest number in a decade for a year that did not include congressional races or a presidential election. The total value of the approved measures was nearly $716 million.
2013 Ballot Initiatives Report Updated 11/06/2013
2012 Ballot Initiatives Report
Voters on November 6 showed once again the importance of transportation by approving 68 percent of the measures to increase or extend funding for highways, bridges and transit. This is in line with years past – in 2010 voters approved 61 percent of similar measures, they approved 78 percent in 2008, 77 percent in 2006 and 76 percent in 2004. The total value approved was $2.4 billion.
2012 Ballot Initiatives Report Updated 11/07/2012
2011 Ballot Initiatives Report
By an overwhelming 81% to 19%, voters in Arkansas approved nearly $600 million in bonds to finance expanded transportation improvements in the largest ballot initiative related to the November 8 elections. Eight of the nine measures in four states—Colorado, Michigan, Washington and Arkansas aimed to increase funding specifically for transportation spending. Five of those eight funding measures were approvedwith an average vote of 71 percent.
2011 Ballot Initiatives Report Updated 11/09/2011
2010 Ballot Initiatives Report
Voters approved 61 percent of the ballot measures to increase taxes or fees and authorize bonds for transportation investment. The total value of approved measures is over $376 million. Of the 13 ballot initiatives, four were bond issues, eight raised taxes or fees, and one involved a transfer of funds. The success of transportation ballot measures in 2010 is slightly lower than similar initiatives’ success in the 2006 and 2008 elections, but continues to demonstrat Americans support increased transportation infrastructure investment.
2010 Ballot Initiatives Report Updated 11/03/2010
2008 Ballot Initiatives Report
Voters across the United States approved more than $71 billion in additional transportation funding during the November 4 elections. Twenty-seven of 37 total measures, or 72 percent, were approved. When taking into account only the measures asking voters to approve, extend or increase taxes and bond measures, 24 of the 32 measures, or 75 percent, passed with an average vote of 63 percent.
2006 Ballot Initiatives Report
Voters across the United States determined the outcome of 30 state and local ballot initiatives related to transportation funding during the November 7 elections. The approved measures would provide over $2.1 billion in additional annual funding once enacted.
2004 Ballot Initiatives Report
Most voters asked at the ballot box November 2 whether they would support increasing their tax burden to fund transportation improvements said “yes.” In total, the revenue measures would generate at least $28 billion in new revenue for transportation infrastructure work. This report provides ARTBA analysis of the initiatives, as well as specific information on each vote.