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July 7: State Transportation Funding News

with Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center California officially launched its Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Tax pilot program on July 1 with 5,000 volunteers. This program will use simulated payments amongst a socioeconomically and geographically...

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May 6 Weekly Roundup: Transportation Funding Cuts

Moody’s downgraded Kansas’s highway revenue bonds to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’ on May 3 after state lawmakers voted to redirect $185 million in sales tax revenue intended for transportation projects to reduce the state deficit. The bond rating service also lowered the...

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Feb. 29: State News Roundup

Current low fuel prices make it a “good time” to increase motor fuel taxes in order to fund transportation projects, according to a Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research report released Feb. 15. The study concluded that businesses and...

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Jan. 22: Weekly Roundup

Gas tax increases advanced in state legislatures, state transportation funding gaps were examined, a governor endorsed a gas tax increase, and more this week in state transportation funding news. Aging and underfunded infrastructure is the greatest concern for mayors,...

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State Transportation Funding News Roundup

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...

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California 2016 Ballot Measure Results

cents-per-gallon**

%

Alternative
Fuel Taxes

Fee: Annual sticker fee-

  • All passenger cars and other vehicles 4,000 pounds or less: $36
  • More than 4,000 pounds but less than 8,001 pounds: $72
  • More than 8,000 pounds but less than 12,001 pounds: $120
  • 12,001pounds or more: $168

Excise tax: In place of annual fee, owners and operators can pay an excise tax based on gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) or diesel gallon equivalent (DGE):

  • Compressed natural gas (CNG): 8.87 cents-per-GGE
  • Liquid natural gas (LNG): 10.17 cents-per-DGE
  • Propone (LPG): 6 cents-per-gallon
  • Ethanol and methanol fuel blends containing up to 15 percent gasoline or diesel fuel: half the current tax on gasoline and diesel

**Variable-Rate Formula: The “Fuel Tax Swap” of 2010 resulted in an “adjustable” gas tax, comprised of a cents-per-gallon base state excise tax plus a 2.25 percent sales tax on motor fuel purchases (reduced from the state’s 6 percent general sales tax). To ensure the sales tax percentage on motor fuel does not affect overall cost of taxes paid at the pump when compared to the previous tax structure, the state’s excise tax on fuel is adjusted annually so that any change in the variable-rate percentage is revenue neutral.

*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.