The Iowa legislature on Feb. 24 approved a 10 cents-per-gallon state gas tax increase. The state last raised its gas tax in 1989. The increase is estimated to generate $204 million for transportation funding in the next fiscal year. The House passed House File 351...read more
The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center’s second 2015 report on state transportation legislation is now available. 21 states are currently considering transportation funding legislation, with more expected as the year progresses. TIAC staff have tracked 48...read more
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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) plans to pursue an increase in transportation investment during the next legislative session. The six-term governor, reelected November 4, said he is interested in raising the motor fuel tax, but is also open to other options. “The...read more
The Iowa Transportation Commission approved a $2.7 billion, five-year road construction program on Tuesday. With a major focus of $1.2 billion on highway maintenance and improvements, the program also includes spending on aviation, transit, railroads and rails. In...read more
The Iowa Department of Transportation is calling for $2.7 billion in highway construction and right of way spending as part of its draft 5-year plan presented to the Iowa Transportation Commission on Tuesday. This includes $1.2 billion for modernization of the state’s...read more
Iowa has a few transportation funding bills currently under consideration, and this new hybrid gas tax bill could be gaining traction. Iowa House Study Bill 661 would decrease the gasoline tax from 21-cents-per-gallon to 16-cents-per-gallon and would also create a...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.