Signed into law Tennessee’s IMPROVE Act— legislation that increases the state gas tax and other transportation-related fees— was signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on April 26. The bill is estimated to generate $350 million annually. Indiana’s House Bill 1002— a...read more
The Tennessee legislature gave final approval on April 24 for the “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy” (IMPROVE) Act, a bill that will: Gradually increase the state gas tax by 6 cents-per-gallon (beginning with a 4-cent...read more
Today Indiana House and Senate leaders reported on April 19 that they had reached a deal to provide long-term transportation funding, including a 10 cents-per-gallon motor fuel tax increase (indexed to inflation for the next seven years, with a cap of 1 cent increase...read more
Vehicle miles traveled grew 1.9 percent (4.4 billion vehicle miles) nationally in February 2017 when compared to February 2016, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration. Cumulative travel in 2017 grew 2 percent (9.5 billion vehicle miles)...read more
Approved Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) on April 11 permitted legislation to become law that will provide $300 million in Grant Anticipation Revenue (GARVEE) bonds and reroute 1 percent of the state’s sales tax proceeds to transportation projects. The bill was approved by...read more
Enacted Legislation Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) on March 25 approved legislation that permits the department of transportation to authorize up to $1 billion in general obligation (GO) bonds over the next four years to accelerate transportation projects. Gov. Herbert...read more
Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke (R- District 27A) expects transportation funding will be a bigger issue than anticipated in the last month of the 2017 legislative session, describing damaged roads and rough winter weather during a March 1 lunch with the Capitol press...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
Facing a state budget shortfall, Texas lawmakers are considering diverting revenue from the general sales tax intended for transportation construction as part of an upcoming budget. The funding stream had been overwhelmingly approved by voters in November 2015. Lt....read more
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
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on Jan. 18 unveiled his anticipated transportation funding plan, including provisions to increase the state gas tax by 7 cents-per-gallon and the diesel tax by 12 cents-per-gallon (indexed to the Consumer Price Index, with a ceiling in...read more
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) told reporters Dec. 19 that he has not yet released his transportation funding plan due to a request by some Republican legislators, who are currently working on their own proposal. Read More>> Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) included...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
As Tennessee lawmakers prepare for discussions on increasing the state gas tax, a Dec. 1 Vanderbilt University poll has found that 67 percent of respondents would support such a hike to fund improvements to roads and bridges and ensure economic growth and public...read more
Tennessee 2016 Ballot Measure Results
- Special tax of 1 cent-per-gallon charged on all petroleum products.
- Compressed natural gas (CNG): 13 cents-per-gallon (5.66 pounds per gallon). CNG is not exempt from the state sales and use tax (7 percent) or the local sales tax (up to 2.34 percent).
- Liquefied natural gas (LNG): 14 cents-per-gallon (DGE factor of 6.06 pounds per gallon).
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Petroleum tax and environmental fee (1.4 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.