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
U.S. states will need to shoulder additional cost burdens for repairing or replacing aging transportation infrastructure, predicts a Jan. 19 report by Moody’s Investors Service. States that are currently dealing with a large maintenance burden and transportation...read more
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will delay an additional 10 road projects worth $17.45 million as a result of the state’s budget shortfall. In November the agency announced the delay of 24 other road projects (worth $32 million), and in April KDOT...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
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 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
On June 8, South Carolina leaders created short-term transportation funding legislation that utilizes over $200 million in existing fees to borrow approximately $2.2 billion to fund major interstate and bridge projects over the next decade. This bill also gives the...read more
South Carolina lawmakers created short-term transportation funding legislation that utilizes over $200 million in existing fees to borrow approximately $2.2 billion to fund major interstate and bridge projects over the next decade. This 2016 bill also gives the...read more
With Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Wisconsin’s transportation fund is facing a $939 million funding shortfall for the 2017-2019 budget, according to a recent analysis released by the state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Gov. Scott Walker (R) has...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
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on June 8 signed into law a bill to permanently dedicate Department of Motor Vehicle fees and fines to the State Highway Fund, as well as all revenues derived from state motor vehicle sales tax (currently only 50 percent is used for...read more
by Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Engineers within the Nebraska Department of roads proposed May 30 installing “super two” highways throughout the state, which feature wider shoulders and extra passing lanes at approximately five mile windows....read more
As the end of the regular legislative session approaches, the South Carolina House voted 102-3 on May 24 to advance a bill that could provide over $4 billion for the state’s transportation infrastructure over the next decade. The measure would permanently dedicate...read more
After months of legislative debate on road funding plans, South Carolina House Republican leaders on April 12 amended the Senate’s transportation funding plan in order to change the bill’s governance reforms and remove revenue allocation. The Senate plan, approved...read more
New reports explore two states' transportation funding options. A report released April 5 by the South Carolina Legislative Audit Council recommended that the state legislature increase the state gas tax, index the motor fuel tax, and diversify the state’s...read more
South Carolina Ballot Measure Results
Excise tax: State motor fuel tax of 16 cents-per-gallon applies to all alternative fuel. Biodiesel, ethanol blends, liquid natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) also pay the state motor fuel inspection fee and environmental fee; liquid propane is exempt from these fees.
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Inspection fee and environmental impact fee (0.75 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.