The North Carolina legislature on June 13 sent a $3 billion transportation bond measure to the governor for approval. Gov. Roy Cooper (D) is expected to sign the measure. Follow state transportation funding legislation on the TIAC website. The Iowa Transportation...read more
Due to additional transportation revenue from a 2015 fuel tax increase, the Iowa Department of Transportation's Fiscal Year 2019-2023 Improvement Program released May 8 shows over $1 billion dedicated to improve state-owned bridges and $1.8 billion to modernize and...read more
A group of state business organizations, elected officials, and transportation advocacy organizations have formed a coalition to raise awareness of the need for increased funding in Texas metro areas. Texans for Traffic Relief will work to educate residents on the...read more
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) on Nov. 2 proposed a 41 percent cut over the next two years to general funds used for transportation funding. Under Gov. Hickenlooper’s proposal, half of 2016’s $158 million transportation revenue from the general fund would be...read more
by Carolyn Kramer, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Manager A new analysis of eight states that passed legislation to increase their state motor fuel taxes in 2015 to pay for important new transportation improvements shows that 98 percent of Republican and...read more
with Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Two states are seeing the benefits of additional transportation revenue following the successful passage of gas tax increases in 2015. Georgia Georgia’s passage of House Bill (HB) 170 in March 2015 raised...read more
The Iowa Department of Transportation announced a $3.5 billion plan May 11 to improve roadway safety. The plan must be approved by the state transportation commission before implementation. Last year, Iowa increased the state gas tax by 10 cents-per-gallon. Read More....read more
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...read more
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...read more
There’s good news and bad news to report about the condition of America’s bridges. The good news is there were 2,574 fewer structurally deficient bridges in 2015 compared to the number in 2014. The bad news is there are still 58,500 on the structurally deficient...read more
The Iowa state legislature’s unsuccessful campaign failed to advance a transportation funding amendment, which was ultimately withdrawn from consideration in 2013. The motor fuel tax increase was added as an amendment to House File 640, which initially dealt with...read more
Senate File 257 was signed into law on February 24, 2015 in order to increase the state gas tax by 10 cents-per-gallon. Case Study- Iowa 2015 Gas Tax Increase (SF...read more
Seven states this year have increased taxes on motor fuel to support needed transportation investment, with several others still considering legislation to increase transportation funding. Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC) staff have prepared in-depth...read more
Iowa State Gas Tax Increase Signed into Law This Week; 12 States Considering Similar Plans, According to a New Report from the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center
(WASHINGTON) – A 10 cents-per-gallon state gas tax increase signed into law Feb. 25 by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) is the latest in a series of initiatives recently put forward by state governments to boost infrastructure funding, according to a new report from...read more
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) on Feb. 25 approved a 10 cents-per-gallon state gas tax increase, the first in the state since 1989. The increase, effective March 1, is estimated to generate over $200 million for transportation funding in the next fiscal year. Before...read more
Transportation Funding Ballot Measure Results
- Compressed natural gas (CNG): 31 cents-per-GGE
- Liquefied natural gas (LNG): 32.5 cents-per-DGE
- Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG): 30 cents-per-gallon
- E85: 29.3 cents-per-gallon
- Biodiesel: excise tax based on number of gallons of biodiesel blended fuel classified as B-11 or higher that is distributed in the state as expressed as a percentage of the number of gallons of special fuel for diesel engines of motor vehicles distributed in the state.
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Environmental fee (1 cent-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.