Since the start of 2018, ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ has tracked over 200 transportation funding bills considered in 40 states. Nineteen states have approved 27 measures related to, or increasing funding.
Legislation to increase or adjust the state motor fuel tax was introduced 26 times in 12 states. One state— Oklahoma— approved a gas tax increase. Another state— Missouri— is asking voters to approve a 10 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase on the November 2018 ballot. Additionally, Georgia approved extending the portion of its variable-rate formula indexed to the Consumer Price Index until 2022 (previously set to expire on July 1, 2018).
One-time funding (47) and non-fuel tax recurring revenue (37) were the most popular types of legislation introduced during the 2018 session. Nine one-time funding bills were approved in Georgia, Colorado, Mississippi, Michigan, North Carolina, Connecticut, and Minnesota, with an additional bill pending voter approval in Maine. Seven non-fuel tax recurring revenue bills were approved in Utah, Connecticut, Oregon, Kansas and Mississippi.
Fees on electric vehicles continued to be a topic of interest in 2018. Fourteen bills were introduced in 12 states, with legislation in Mississippi and Utah approved. Both states included a fee for hybrid vehicles as well.
Of the legislation proposed in the 2018 legislative session, 159 bills never advanced beyond the first chamber floor.
All but eight states have adjourned for the year, with two states – Florida and Kentucky – already beginning prefile for the 2019 legislative session. Only two states— New Jersey and Virginia— will carry over legislation from 2018 to 2019. Statewide ballot measures are pending in Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Colorado, Connecticut, and California.