By Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed an infrastructure bill that authorized $50 million for the state’s Small Bridge Program, as well as authorization for $750 million in Federal Highway aid, with $135...read more
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With Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Gas taxes increased on July 1 by 4.9 cents per gallon in Washington state, and 0.9 cents per gallon in Maryland. The same day, California decreased its gas tax by 2.2 cents per gallon, while Nebraska and North...read more
As Connecticut lawmakers evaluate a proposal from Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) to create a transportation fund ‘lockbox’, a governor-appointed panel told the General Assembly’s transportation committee on March 9 that taxpayers are unlikely to support new revenue without...read more
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MASSACHUSETTS: 2013 This successful legislative campaign with the Massachusetts state legislature resulted in an increase of the gasoline tax in order to generate additional transportation funding. In July of 2013, Massachusetts legislators overrode a veto from...read more
Increasing the gas tax does not result in a commensurate penny-to-penny increase in the retail price motorists pay at the pump, a study of the market impacts of five state gas tax increases enacted in 2013 found. The analysis, by Dr. Alison Black, chief economist for...read more
Newly-elected Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) released $100 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds on January 8 to support local transportation infrastructure. Chapter 90 funds are used to reimburse cities and towns for local projects such a road highway...read more
The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC) is tracking 42 state and local transportation funding related ballot initiatives that will come up for vote on November 4. Voters have already decided the fate of 44 measures that were on the ballot during the...read more
A new ballot measure to repeal part of a law that indexes the state gas tax to inflation will be put before Massachusetts voters this fall. The coalition “Tank the Automatic Gas Tax Hikes” collected 26,000 signatures in support of repealing the law, more than double...read more
Last week Massachusetts State Treasurer and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stephen Grossman recommended an Internet sales tax to generate $250 million in annual revenue for transportation infrastructure projects throughout the state. According to the South Coast...read more
A $12.7 billion bond bill passed in the House and Senate on April 17. Earlier this week, a conference committee made up of six legislative negotiators finalized the plan. Some of the proposed transportation projects include a $2.3 billion commuter rail expansion...read more
Excise tax: Special fuels are all fuels, except gasoline, and includes diesel and liquefied gases (propane, compressed natural gax, liquid natural gas).
- Diesel: fixed, 24 cents-per-gallon.
- Liquefied gases: Determined each quarter, a rate of 19.1 percent of the average price, rounded to the nearest 0.1 percent per gallon—generally fluctuating between 16 to 24 cents-per-GGE.
Use: Commonwealth Transportation Fund.
Source: Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Massachusetts State Statute Part I Title IX Chapter 64E Section 4 and Section 13.
*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.