As more state legislatures convene for the 2018 legislative session, transportation funding bills are proving to be a popular topic. The Colorado Senate chose transportation funding as the first bill to introduce this year. Senate Bill 18-001 would divert 10 percent...read more
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (R) included a call for increased transportation funding in his Jan. 11 State of the State address. Gov. Hickenlooper pointed to the recent passage of local transportation funding ballot measures in the state, and the successful state...read more
Updated resource! The “2013 – 2017 State Motor Fuel Tax Increases” Roundup provides a summary of all state legislation to increase taxes on motor fuel for transportation investment since 2013. The report provides an overview of the 23 states that voted to increase...read more
Today Indiana House and Senate leaders reported on April 19 that they had reached a deal to provide long-term transportation funding, including a 10 cents-per-gallon motor fuel tax increase (indexed to inflation for the next seven years, with a cap of 1 cent increase...read more
Approved Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) on April 11 permitted legislation to become law that will provide $300 million in Grant Anticipation Revenue (GARVEE) bonds and reroute 1 percent of the state’s sales tax proceeds to transportation projects. The bill was approved by...read more
Enacted Legislation Minnesota Mark Dayton (D) approved the state department of transportation’s budget on April 3, allowing the agency to utilize $105 million in federal funding approved by the FAST Act to complete over 28 highway, road and bridge projects. Lawmakers...read more
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) proposed 2017 – 2018 budget would maintain transportation funding at current levels. Read More>> California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) 2017-2018 budget proposal increases transportation funding by an average of $4.2 billion annually...read more
A number of states are expected make transportation funding a priority in their 2017 legislative sessions. This includes a dozen states where we think there is a good chance of legislation moving forward. Many legislators held off on introducing major bills in 2016,...read more
A Missouri bill allowing voters to consider a state gas tax increase in the Nov. 8 General Election is facing a May 13 legislative deadline. The measure is before the Select Committee on State and Local Governments, following May 4 approval by the House Transportation...read more
Four states express transportation funding concerns, while one organization proposes a solution to their state's transportation funding shortfall. Facing concerns that the state legislature will not reach a long-term transportation funding agreement this session, the...read more
Nebraska is on its way to passing a transportation funding bill, Alabama and Mississippi are considering gasoline tax increases, and Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Connecticut are reviewing legislation to protect transportation revenue. In Utah, the legislature...read more
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) proposed an increase in the state motor fuel tax during his Jan. 26 State-of-the-State address. Read More *** A plan to increase the Alaskan state gas tax received its first legislative hearing Jan. 26. The state is currently facing a...read more
In the past three years, 16 states have increased taxes on motor fuels in order to generate new transportation revenue. Despite the challenges of increasing taxes during an election year, that number is likely to grow as several states have already begun discussing...read more
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) on Nov. 6 said he believes lawmakers will pass a state gas tax increase in 2016 in order to generate new revenue for the state’s roads and bridges. During a speech with the Gulf United Metro Business Organization, the governor suggested...read more
A bill to raise Alabama’s state gas tax for the first time in 23 years passed a key House committee Sept. 10. The measure provides an immediate 5 cents-per-gallon increase. It also would raise state gasoline and diesel taxes by 2 cents-per-gallon if the base price of...read more
Transportation Funding Ballot Measure Results
(Currently suspended, beginning April 9, 2014 until Oct. 1, 2016.)
Note: Alabama’s decal system for natural gas and propane vehicles is suspended until Oct. 1, 2016. If no further action is taken by the state legislature, compressed natural gas (CNG) will be taxed at the state motor fuel tax rate, with 1 gallon of gasoline equaling 5.66 pounds of CNG; and liquefied natural gas (LNG) will be taxed at the rateof 6.06 pounds as 1 gallon of diesel fuel.
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Inspection fee (2 cents-per-gallon).
*Federal funding percentages are from an ARTBA analysis of FHWA Highway Statistics data, total ten year average 2004-2013 from tables SF-1 and SF-2. The percent is the ratio of federal aid reimbursements to the state and total state capital outlays and is indicative of the importance of the federal aid program to state capital spending for highways and bridges. Does not include local capital spending. Federal highway reimbursements are primarily used for capital outlays, including construction, right of way and engineering, but are also used for debt service for GARVEE bonds.