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 House leaders affirmed in a March 16 letter to Gov. Nikki Haley (R) that a gas tax increase would be taken off the table this legislative session. In keeping with that pledge, the House on March 22 voted down a new gas tax increase proposal 64-43....read more
Nebraska is on its way to passing a transportation funding bill, Alabama and Mississippi are considering gasoline tax increases, and Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Connecticut are reviewing legislation to protect transportation revenue. In Utah, the legislature...read more
The South Carolina Senate approved legislation to dedicate $400 million per year from the General Fund to the state Department of Transportation. After weeks of debate on road funding, including an extended filibuster, the measure passed 30-15 on March 9 with...read more
State Legislative Activity The South Carolina Senate introduced a deal to increase transportation funding by $400 million, transferred annually from the state’s General Fund. The Senate will debate the bill on March 8. Read More. After passing competing bills, Indiana...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
An additional $5 billion is needed over the next decade in order to address congestion problems on South Carolina’s interstates, Department of Transportation Officials said Feb. 10. Read More. Meanwhile, South Carolina Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) during a legislative...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
While some states move forward on transportation funding legislation, others grapple with transportation revenue shortfalls. State Transportation Funding Legislation Activity Hawaii Gov. David Ige included a plan to increase the state gas tax by 3 cents-per-gallon, as...read more
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) proposed an increase in the state motor fuel tax during his Jan. 26 State-of-the-State address. Read More *** A plan to increase the Alaskan state gas tax received its first legislative hearing Jan. 26. The state is currently facing a...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
After falling gas prices drastically decreased local transportation revenue, Virginia local governments and agencies are proposing a ‘floor’ for the state’s regional gas tax. The state’s motor fuel tax already has a floor in place that has prevented gas tax revenue...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
A poll conducted by South Carolina’s Statehouse Report found 90 percent of the site’s readers want to increase the gas tax by at least 10 cents-per-gallon in order to address the state’s transportation funding shortfall. The poll received responses from 240 readers...read more
South Carolina 2016 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.