A Jan. 26 review of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) by the Legislative Audit Bureau found that the agency did not take into account inflation and design changes when estimating project cost, causing them to greatly underestimate the cost of 19...read more
TRIP released an updated analysis on Jan. 12 examining the state of Montana’s transportation infrastructure. Read the report>> In Indiana, Gov. Eric Holcomb’s (R) State of the State Address delivered Jan. 17, highlighted transportation infrastructure...read more
Legislators and Governors Proposed legislation filed by Rep. Randal S. Crowder (R- Clovis) in New Mexico would permit counties and cities to implement a local option fuel tax of up to 5 cents per gallon with voter approval. Read More>> Outgoing North Carolina...read more
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
With Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center To illustrate the need for increased funding, the Mississippi Department of Transportation took a group of lawmakers on a tour of the state’s most troubled transportation infrastructure over the summer....read more
With Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Unable to secure enough votes for an emergency voting session earlier in the week, New Jersey legislators will take up legislation to increase the state gas tax by 23 cents-per-gallon on Oct. 7. Read...read more
Aug. 31: FHWA to Administer $14.2 Million in Grants for Alternative Transportation Revenue Test Programs
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Aug. 30 announced eight state transportation projects would receive $14.2 million in grants to assess alternative revenue mechanisms under the Surface Transportation System Funding...read more
Transportation Funding Shortfalls With South Carolina ranked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as having some of the deadliest roads in the country, the state’s Department of Transportation knows it needs to make major safety improvements to the...read more
By Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center A new report published by the Minnesota Department of Transportation claims that the state’s highway congestion has risen by 2.3 percent to 23.4 percent. With the state’s recent struggle to provide new revenue...read more
with Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Budget committees in New Jersey’s Senate and General Assembly on June 23 approved legislation to increase funding for the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), sending the identical companion bills to each floor...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
with Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center The Alaska legislature on May 23 began a special session to pass a FY 2017 budget and prevent a government shutdown. One of the contested measures within the budget concerns the state’s gas tax, which remains...read more
Unable to reach a compromise, Minnesota lawmakers adjourned at midnight on May 23 without making progress on legislation to provide needed funding for the state’s transportation infrastructure. With only hours left in the 2016 legislative session— after months of...read more
Facing a May 23 deadline to pass legislation, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) May 16 proposed two compromise plans to increase transportation funding. One proposal includes a 5 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase and an increase in license fees, while the second plan...read more
Transportation Funding Ballot Measure Results
- E85: 20.25 cents-per-gallon
- Biodiesel: 28.5 cents-per-gallon
- Propane: 21.35 cents-per-gallon
- LNG: 17.1 cents-per-gallon
- Alcohol and kerosene: 28.5 cents-per-gallon
- CNG: $2.474 per thousand cubic feet
Fee: Special fuel dealer license required.
Fee for license: $25
Use: Highway User Tax Distribution Fund.
Source: Minnesota Revenue Fuel Excise Tax Rates & Fees & Minnesota Statute 296A.08
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Environment and inspection fee (0.1 cent-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.