New Mexico House lawmakers rejected a Senate amendment on Feb. 13 that would decrease revenue for road construction and maintenance from $60 million to $34 million, holding up the state's $6.3 billion budget plan. The budget bill is due to Gov. Susana Martinez (R) by...read more
Jan. 5 Update: Mississippi House lawmakers voted 119-1 on Jan. 4 to send House Bill 354 to the Senate for further consideration. The bill would designate 50 percent of general fund revenue growth above 2 percent (capped at $100 million) to road repairs. The House also...read more
Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R- Rochester) hopes that the state legislature will pursue a long-term transportation funding solution in the 2018 legislative session. In September, lawmakers passed a budget that included a $400 million transportation bond as...read more
A Mississippi bridge with a posted weight limit collapsed Aug. 28 when a truck that may have weighed more than the limit crossed it. Read More>> Pennsylvania House Republicans proposed a state revenue plan on Sept. 5 that would reallocate funding from a variety...read more
Oregon is moving forward with a multibillion-dollar transportation spending package. The legislation includes a tax and fee increase, which will raise $5.3 billion for roads and bridges over the next 10 years. The package was approved by the state house 39-20 on July...read more
Arizona launched a five-year infrastructure plan, which aims to improve congestion on major interstates and includes the state’s first public-private partnership highway project. This program follows other major transportation plans in Virginia, Indiana, and...read more
During special session on June 13, the West Virginia House Finance Committee amended and approved a bill to adjust the state’s variable-rate motor fuel tax (a 3.5 cents-per-gallon increase) and raise the vehicle sales tax by 1 percent, as well as increase other motor...read more
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) vowed on April 4 to veto any legislation that includes a state gas tax increase. Instead, the governor urged lawmakers to approve bonds for highway construction. The legislature approved $1 billion in bonds in 2013 and $2 billion...read more
Kentucky transportation officials warned that by August 2017 the state’s road fund could fall below the financial cushion set by the state’s transportation cabinet. Read More>> Due to lower-than-expected revenue generated from Vermont’s motor fuel tax, lawmakers...read more
Facing $37 million in budget cuts, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) on July 22 released an updated plan that includes decreasing maintenance work, delaying personnel hiring, and raising transit fees. The reduction in funding, a result of a...read more
by Tyler Kane Following failure to pass legislation that would have raised the state’s gas tax, Missouri lawmakers approved a $20 million allocation of General Fund revenue for a cost-sharing program that will partner the state government with local governments to...read more
Forty-four bills to increase transportation funding have been considered in 23 states so far in the 2016 legislative session, according to an updated report from the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center. Of those considering methods to increase transportation...read more
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...read more
An updated report by the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ shows 18 states have passed legislation to support transportation investment in 2015. Coming up, three states have fall ballot measures pending voter approval, and at least two states are continuing...read more
An updated report with information on over 160 transportation funding initiatives introduced in 2015—what’s passed, what’s failed, and what’s still pending—is now available. So far in 2015: Washington, Nebraska, Georgia, Idaho, Utah, South Dakota, Iowa, and Delaware...read more
Excise tax: An excise tax rate of 9 percent of the average wholesale price on a per gallon basis applies to all special fuels, including diesel, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen, and any other combustible gases and liquids, excluding gasoline, used to propel motor vehicles.
- Supplemental highway user motor fuel tax: 2 cents-per-gallon.
** Variable-Rate Formula: 9 percent of the average wholesale price of gasoline.
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: User fee and underground storage tax (6.4 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.