State News


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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March 11: State News Roundup

As Connecticut lawmakers evaluate a proposal from Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) to create a transportation fund ‘lockbox’, a governor-appointed panel told the General Assembly’s transportation committee on March 9 that taxpayers are unlikely to support new revenue without...

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March 4: State News Roundup

State Legislative Activity The South Carolina Senate introduced a deal to increase transportation funding by $400 million, transferred annually from the state’s General Fund. The Senate will debate the bill on March 8. Read More. After passing competing bills, Indiana...

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State Transportation Funding News Roundup

Illinois lawmakers approved a bill on Dec. 7 to release already-collected fuel taxes to fund local road work, as the revenue is intended. The bill also includes an increase in winter maintenance funds to local governments are able to manage snow and inclement weather....

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State Transportation Funding News Roundup

A TRIP report released Nov. 24 found poor roads and congestion in Connecticut costs urban residents an estimated $5.1 billion per year in the form of vehicle operating costs, lost time, wasted fuel, and the financial repercussions of traffic incidents. Thirty-three...

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Connecticut Ballot Measure Results



Fuel Taxes

Excise Tax:

  • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and liquid natural gas (LNG) are taxed at a rate of 26 cents-per-GGE.
  • Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG): tax is computed at 5 percent of the gross earnings from first sale of petroleum product in the state.

** Variable-Rate Formula: Excise tax has an additional ‘petroleum gross receipts earning tax’ of 8.1 percent on the wholesale level of gasoline and petroleum products (excluding heating oil).

*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.