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March 4: State News Roundup

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...

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Feb. 29: State News Roundup

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...

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Feb. 19: State News Roundup

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...

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Feb. 5: State News Roundup

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...

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Jan. 28: State News Roundup

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...

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Jan. 22: Weekly Roundup

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,...

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Jan. 19: State News Roundup

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...

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South Carolina 2016 Ballot Measure Results



Fuel Taxes

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.