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
Learn why and how a record number of transportation investment initiatives have passed in 2015 at the 2nd Annual “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates.” The ARTBA Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC) signature program allows...read more
The 2nd Annual “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates,” a signature program of the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC), is less than three months away. The July 15 event, held in conjunction with ARTBA’s Public-Private...read more
Two states with variable-rate gas taxes have reached deals to prevent the taxes—both based on the average wholesale price of gasoline, which has decreased significantly in the past few months—from collecting below an amount needed to maintain the states’...read more
(WASHINGTON)— The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is bringing together transportation investment champions under one roof this summer to share best practices, playbook secrets and other keys to success in advancing legislative and...read more
The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC) has prepared a detailed study on some of the variable-rate strategies states are using to fund transportation investments. A variable-rate gasoline tax, or one that adjusts the cents-per-gallon charge at the pump...read more
The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center's first 2015 report on state transportation legislation is now available. Thirteen states are currently considering transportation funding legislation, with more expected as the year progresses. In January, several states...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.