A number of states are expected make transportation funding a priority in their 2017 legislative sessions. This includes a dozen states where we think there is a good chance of legislation moving forward. Many legislators held off on introducing major bills in 2016,...read more
by Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center The latest news on state and local transportation funding around the country. To receive this weekly digest by email, subscribe to TranspoAdvocates News. Louisiana Department of Transportation Secretary Shawn...read more
U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D- Tenn.) stated Aug. 19 that Tennessee is at risk of losing approximately $60 million in federal highway funding due to a newly enacted state law that raised the allowable limit of blood-alcohol content (BAC) for 18- to 20-year-olds to 0.08....read more
With Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Wisconsin’s transportation fund is facing a $939 million funding shortfall for the 2017-2019 budget, according to a recent analysis released by the state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Gov. Scott Walker (R) has...read more
with Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Due to a constrained budget, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announced July 11 that many new highway “capacity” projects to add lanes or build roads would be delayed as they focus a majority of...read more
By Tyler Kane Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) issued an executive order to assemble a task force that will make recommendations to solve Louisiana’s $12.7 billion transportation funding backlog. The task force is one of many attempts to assess Louisiana’s...read more
One state calculates the impact of a 2015 transportation funding increase, two states feel the pinch of transportation funding shortfalls, and leaders in three states look to increase the state gasoline tax. *** Preliminary results from an independent study suggest...read more
Nebraska lawmakers April 12 approved a bill that will create a state transportation infrastructure bank. Initial funding includes $50 million from the state’s rainy day fund and the 2 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase, which was signed into law in 2015. The bill also...read more
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) proposed returning $100 million of diverted revenue back to the state’s highway fund in his March 28 budget proposal. The additional revenue would help fund the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s three-year, $2 billion program....read more
Current low fuel prices make it a “good time” to increase motor fuel taxes in order to fund transportation projects, according to a Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research report released Feb. 15. The study concluded that businesses and...read more
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...read more
Louisiana residents approved one transportation funding-related measure and declined another during the statewide election held Oct. 24. Constitutional Amendment 2, passed by voters 53 percent to 47 percent, authorizes the state treasurer to invest existing public...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
A legislatively-commissioned report released Aug. 5 found that funding for Louisiana’s Transportation Trust Fund (TFF) is not keeping pace with the growing needs the of state’s highways, and additional revenue is required in order to provide necessary maintenance and...read more
Louisiana Ballot Measure Results
Excise tax: Special fuels tax of 16 cents-per-gallon.
- Annual flat rate decal fee of $120 per vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of less than 10,000 pounds, or a variable rate of 80 percent of the current special fuels tax rate. Over 10,000 pounds must pay 80 percent of the special fuels tax rate in effect (cannot be less than $120 per vehicle).
- School bus: annual flat rate of 50 percent of the regular flat rate or 50 percent of the variable rate for on-road vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds, whichever is less.
Note: 2015 legislation (SB 271) will end annual decal program and switch entirely to a cents-per-MFGE system.
Use: Credited to the Bond Security and Redemption Fund, for use on the Highway Priority Program, the Parish Transportation Fund, the Statewide Flood-Control Program, and the Parish Bridge Replacement Program.
Source: Senate Bill 271, 2015, and Louisiana Revised Statutes 47:802.3
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Inspection fee (0.125 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.