Minnesota Governor-elect Tim Walz (D) has indicated support for a gas tax increase, a view echoed by the new Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Kelliher has stated that she considers a gas tax more regressive than an income tax, but...read more
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Dec. 3 indicated support for a state gas tax increase. In November Sen. Pro Tem Del Marsh (R- District 12) stated the increase would be considered during the 2019 legislative session. Read More>> Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers (D)...read more
Ohio Department of Transportation director Jerry Wray expressed concern that the state is falling behind on transportation projects, with 90 percent of the agency’s spending going to rehabilitating and maintaining existing roads and bridges and neglecting needed...read more
Jan. 5 Update: Mississippi House lawmakers voted 119-1 on Jan. 4 to send House Bill 354 to the Senate for further consideration. The bill would designate 50 percent of general fund revenue growth above 2 percent (capped at $100 million) to road repairs. The House also...read more
The Nebraska Department of Transportation has told state lawmakers that it faces a $6 billion budget gap over the next two decades. Read More>> The Texas Department of Transportation has decided to exclude new tolling projects from the agency’s updated 10-year...read more
Updated resource! The “Variable-Rate State Gas Taxes: A Resource Guide of Current Laws” report provides in-depth information on all 20 states that have instituted a variable-rate state gas tax to fund their transportation infrastructure. The report provides an...read more
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) proposed 2017 – 2018 budget would maintain transportation funding at current levels. Read More>> California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) 2017-2018 budget proposal increases transportation funding by an average of $4.2 billion annually...read more
The New Year brought adjusted motor fuel taxes to nine states, with seven states increasing their motor fuel taxes and two states decreasing the tax. Of the states that increased their motor fuel taxes, three of them—Florida, Georgia and North Carolina—did so based on...read more
The New York legislature reached a budget agreement April 1 that includes $55 billion for the state’s transportation plan, including $27.14 billion for the state Department of Transportation and $27.98 billion for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Mike...read more
A recording of the Feb. 24 TIAC webinar, “Thinking Beyond the Gas Tax”, is now available online. The webinar explored how three states successfully increased state transportation investment when raising motor fuel taxes was not an option. Jack Ladd, executive director...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
Nine states adjusted their motor fuel taxes Jan. 1, with four increases tied to efforts to providing more funding for transportation infrastructure investment, and five decreases triggered by falling oil prices. Four states—Utah, Nebraska, Maryland and Florida—raised...read more
A broad coalition of transportation advocates yesterday launched the “Rebuild New York Now” campaign to raise public awareness about the condition of New York’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Targeted television and radio advertisements were created to...read more
Transportation Funding Ballot Measure Results
Other: Alternative fuels (E85, CNG, hydrogen, LNG, B20) are exempt from the state motor fuel excise tax, petroleum business tax, and state and local sales and use tax through Aug. 31, 2016.
** Variable-Rate Formula: Additional state sales tax of 4 percent (capped at 8 cents-per-gallon), and a petroleum business tax (PBT), imposed on petroleum businesses operating within the state and passed on to consumers. PBT is equal to a base rate of 7.2 percent of gross receipts from petroleum sales and is annually adjusted based off of inflation. (Additional 17 cents-per-gallon as of Jan. 1, 2016).
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Petroleum testing fee (0.5 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.