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
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
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 Following failure to pass legislation that would have raised the state’s gas tax, Missouri lawmakers approved a $20 million allocation of General Fund revenue for a cost-sharing program that will partner the state government with local governments to...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
A Missouri bill allowing voters to consider a state gas tax increase in the Nov. 8 General Election is facing a May 13 legislative deadline. The measure is before the Select Committee on State and Local Governments, following May 4 approval by the House Transportation...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
Four states express transportation funding concerns, while one organization proposes a solution to their state's transportation funding shortfall. Facing concerns that the state legislature will not reach a long-term transportation funding agreement this session, the...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
There’s good news and bad news to report about the condition of America’s bridges. The good news is there were 2,574 fewer structurally deficient bridges in 2015 compared to the number in 2014. The bad news is there are still 58,500 on the structurally deficient...read more
Forty-four bills to increase transportation funding have been considered in 23 states so far in the 2016 legislative session, according to an updated report from the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center. Of those considering methods to increase transportation...read more
Gas tax increases advanced in state legislatures, state transportation funding gaps were examined, a governor endorsed a gas tax increase, and more this week in state transportation funding news. Aging and underfunded infrastructure is the greatest concern for mayors,...read more
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) endorsed a plan Dec. 17 to slightly increase the state gas tax by 1.5 cents-per-gallon and diesel fuel by 3.5 cents-per-gallon. The bill, pre-filed by Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) Dec. 1, would avoid a state requirement that tax...read more
In the past three years, 16 states have increased taxes on motor fuels in order to generate new transportation revenue. Despite the challenges of increasing taxes during an election year, that number is likely to grow as several states have already begun discussing...read more
Missouri Ballot Measure Results
- Compressed and liquefied natural gas:
- 5 cents-per-GGE from Jan. 1, 2016, until Dec. 31, 2019;
- 11 cents-per-GGE from Jan. 1, 2020, until Dec. 31, 2024; and
- 17 cents-per-GGE from Jan. 1, 2025.
Special Fuel (liquid petroleum gas, electricity, or natural gas) Fee: Instead of paying an excise tax on special fuel, an annual decal must be purchased. All passenger vehicles, commercial motor vehicles, and buses must show a special fuel decal. Hybrid and historic motor vehicles are exempt.
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Inspection fee and transport load fee (0.3 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.