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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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State Transportation Funding Legislation Update

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...

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States Talking Transportation for 2015

Looking Back at 2014 Transportation was a hot topic with state legislatures in 2014, with 66 bills introduced across the country. Over twenty transportation-related bills were approved, with funding legislation approved in 11 states. Of those states, both Rhode Island...

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LOUISIANA: Amendment 4 (2014)

The Louisiana Transportation Infrastructure Amendment was proposed to permit legislators to create a state infrastructure bank with public funds already being collected, from which local or parish governments could apply for low-interest loans to fund qualifying...

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2014 Post-Election Analysis: State and Local

With 36 gubernatorial races and 87 out of 99 state legislative chambers holding elections this year, control of governments at the state level was once again put to voters. Five of the 36 governor’s mansions up for grabs flipped to another party yesterday, with three...

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Louisiana 2016 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.