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
The Colorado Department of Transportation identified $9 billion in unfunded project priorities, including 130 highway, transit, and operations projects, at a Dec. 1 meeting with the state’s Joint Budget Committee. Colorado lawmakers debated methods to increase...read more
A coalition of 64 Californian business, labor and government groups signed a letter asking state lawmakers to return to Sacramento and resume discussions on a solution to California’s transportation funding shortfall. While the general legislative session has...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
In two consecutive years, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved two ballot measures to direct revenue to the State Highway Fund for the purpose of maintaining and constructing public roadways and repaying General Obligation bonds used for highway improvements. An...read more
In two consecutive years, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved two ballot measures to direct revenue to the State Highway Fund for the purpose of maintaining and constructing public roadways and repaying General Obligation bonds used for highway improvements. Texas...read more
A recording of the Feb. 24 TIAC webinar, “Thinking Beyond the Gas Tax”, is now available online. The webinar explored how three states successfully increased state transportation investment when raising motor fuel taxes was not an option. Jack Ladd, executive director...read more
Falling oil and gas prices are affecting both California and Texas’s transportation funds. The drop in the price of gasoline has created a $754 million shortfall in California’s anticipated transportation revenue over the next five years, according to a report...read more
An updated report by the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ shows 23 states have passed legislation to support transportation investment so far in 2015, generating an estimated $11.3 billion in new revenue. Over 170 measures were introduced in 2015, with 36...read more
TEXAS: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT (2013) In August of 2013, the Texas legislature successfully approved a measure to redirect $1.2 billion annually in oil and gas revenue from the state’s general Rainy Day Fund to support transportation improvements. This...read more
Preliminary Nov. 3 election results show voters in eight states approved 26 of 37 (70 percent) state or local referendums to increase transportation funding, according to an analysis by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s “Transportation...read more
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and State House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R- Mt. Pleasant) announced Oct. 13 that negotiations within the legislature to reach a road funding deal had ended in impasse. More Georgia saw an 8.7 percent increase in transportation revenue in...read more
An updated report by the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ shows 18 states have passed legislation to support transportation investment in 2015. Coming up, three states have fall ballot measures pending voter approval, and at least two states are continuing...read more
As millions of Americans prepare to travel this Labor Day weekend, a new report shows just how critical investments in transportation infrastructure projects are to the U.S. as a whole as well as individual states' economies and quality of life. The study, authored by...read more
An updated report with information on over 160 transportation funding initiatives introduced in 2015—what’s passed, what’s failed, and what’s still pending—is now available. So far in 2015: Washington, Nebraska, Georgia, Idaho, Utah, South Dakota, Iowa, and Delaware...read more
Texas 2016 Ballot Measure Results
- Compressed natural gas (CNG): 15 cents-per-GGE.
- Liquefied natural gas (LNG): 15 cents-per-DGE. • One GGE equals 5.66 pounds of CNG/ 5.37 pounds of LNG.
- One DGE equals 6.38 pounds of CNG/ 6.06 pounds of LNG.
Fee: Annual decal for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), based on registered gross weight and mileage driven the previous year.
*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.