Two states discuss plans to increase transportation funding, while one is forced to make cuts as a result of lower-than-projected gas tax revenue.
California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) Jan. 7 budget proposal includes a plan to increase vehicle registration fees, and raise diesel and gasoline taxes, in order to invest $3.6 billion annually on transportation infrastructure improvements. That’s just 60 percent of the $6 billion per year the state’s Department of Transportation estimates is needed to maintain California’s roads and bridges. More
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) endorsed a bill Jan. 7 that, if approved, would transfer $150 million from the state’s Rainy Day Fund in order to create a transportation infrastructure bank. The bank would enable three state transportation infrastructure programs to accelerate construction. The bill, which will be introduced by state Sen. Jim Smith (R- Papillion), would also authorize the Nebraska Department of Roads to utilize design-build project delivery to accelerate complex projects with higher costs. More
Due to lower revenue than projected from the state gas tax, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) on Jan. 4 cut $112.5 million from the state Transportation Cabinet budget. The cut, while anticipated by the state’s Department of Transportation, will lead to construction project delays. More