North Carolina lawmakers gave final approval Sept. 18 to a state budget that provides an increase of $440 million in transportation funding by eliminating Highway Fund transfers to the General Fund, raising Division of Motor Vehicle fees (with quadrennial adjustments...read more
An updated report with information on over 160 transportation funding initiatives introduced in 2015—what’s passed, what’s failed, and what’s still pending—is now available. So far in 2015: Washington, Nebraska, Georgia, Idaho, Utah, South Dakota, Iowa, and Delaware...read more
North Carolina’s House of Representatives Aug. 3 introduced a plan to increase transportation funding for the state that combines elements of separate plans introduced by the Senate and Governor Pat McCrory (R) earlier this spring. House leaders said their...read more
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on April 1 signed into law a bill to help limit an upcoming decrease in the state gas tax and stabilize the tax going forward. North Carolina’s current state gas tax rate is a combination of a flat tax of 17.5 cents-per-gallon and a...read more
(WASHINGTON)— An analysis of the recently-released 2014 U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) National Bridge Inventory database finds good news and bad news when it comes to the most heavily traveled U.S. bridges. The good news is that there are over 2,000...read more
Two states with variable-rate gas taxes have reached deals to prevent the taxes—both based on the average wholesale price of gasoline, which has decreased significantly in the past few months—from collecting below an amount needed to maintain the states’...read more
North Carolina A bill to lower the amount of a scheduled state gas tax decrease passed the North Carolina House with amendments on March 5 with a vote of 72-42. The state gas tax reduction, scheduled due to the terms of the state’s variable-rate gas tax component...read more
The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC) has prepared a detailed study on some of the variable-rate strategies states are using to fund transportation investments. A variable-rate gasoline tax, or one that adjusts the cents-per-gallon charge at the pump...read more
The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center’s second 2015 report on state transportation legislation is now available. 21 states are currently considering transportation funding legislation, with more expected as the year progresses. TIAC staff have tracked 48...read more
The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center's first 2015 report on state transportation legislation is now available. Thirteen states are currently considering transportation funding legislation, with more expected as the year progresses. In January, several states...read more
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...read more
Voters in Wilmington, North Carolina will decide if the state will move forward with $55 million transportation bonds after the Wilmington City Council unanimously decided July 8 to put the measure on the November 4 ballot. Of the $55 million proposed, $44 million...read more
With people traveling in record numbers across our nation’s roads this 4th of July weekend, the need to repair our nation’s infrastructure is even clearer. However, many states may halt or delay needed transportation projects due to uncertainty surrounding the future...read more
By Lital Shair, Market Research Associate with ARTBA Uncertainty surrounding the future of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) continues to have ripple effects on state transportation planning. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on June 26 became the 23rd state...read more
The North Carolina Senate Republicans have released a budget proposal that includes several measures to increase available transportation funding in the state. These include: Raising the maximum tax that can be charged for commercial and residential vehicles to $2,000...read more
North Carolina 2016 Ballot Measure Results
Electric Vehicle Fee: $100 annual fee at time of registration and registration renewal.
Excise tax: Alternative fuels converted to GGE or DGE, and charged the state motor fuels tax.
** Variable-Rate Formula: Starting Jan. 1, 2017- Base excise tax of 34 cents-per-gallon, with annual rate changes calculated based on changes in both the national Consumer Price Index (making up 25 percent of the new tax) and in the state population (making up 75 percent of the tax).
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Inspection tax (0.25 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.