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
As Connecticut lawmakers evaluate a proposal from Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) to create a transportation fund ‘lockbox’, a governor-appointed panel told the General Assembly’s transportation committee on March 9 that taxpayers are unlikely to support new revenue without...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
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
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 TRIP report released Nov. 24 found poor roads and congestion in Connecticut costs urban residents an estimated $5.1 billion per year in the form of vehicle operating costs, lost time, wasted fuel, and the financial repercussions of traffic incidents. Thirty-three...read more
In a radio interview Nov. 2, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) addressed the possibility of a state gas tax increase: “Everything is on the table for discussion, but it must be done within the context of overall tax fairness to the people of New Jersey,” Christie...read more
A free webinar on Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. EDT will explore how three advocates built coalitions within their states in order to increase transportation funding. Speakers will discuss their own experiences and share best practices for forming your own coalition with...read more
Tennessee Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) Aug. 10 called for the state to repay the highway fund $280 million that had been diverted to the general fund between 2001 to 2007. Tennessee’s Department of Transportation is funded through...read more
by Eileen Houlihan, ARTBA senior writer editor The Transportation Coalition of Tennessee, a statewide group of businesses, citizens, community leaders, public officials and organizations – including ARTBA chapter Tennessee Road Builders Association – launched a group...read more
Fourteen State DOTs Concerned About Feasibility of Future Transportation Projects due to Highway Trust Fund Uncertainty
Officials in 14 states have said that their transportation programs will be impacted if Congress does not take action soon to fix the ailing Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Four of those states have already canceled or delayed more than $868 million in transportation...read more
Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee January 28 heard from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Governors Robert Bentley (R-Ala.) and Peter Shumlin (D-Vt.), and South Dakota Secretary of Transportation Darin Bergquist about how...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
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
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.