State News


April 26: Transportation Funding Roundup

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...

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April 14: State Transportation Funding Roundup

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...

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Feb. 29: State News Roundup

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...

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State Transportation Funding News Roundup

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...

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Louisiana Ballot Measure Results



Fuel Taxes

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.