South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) vowed on April 4 to veto any legislation that includes a state gas tax increase. Instead, the governor urged lawmakers to approve bonds for highway construction. The legislature approved $1 billion in bonds in 2013 and $2 billion...read more
Since the passage of "Rhodeworks," a plan approved by the state legislature in 2016 to fund bridge repairs with a toll on heavy commercial trucks, Rhode Island has issued $60 million more construction contracts than in the prior year and added 800 construction jobs....read more
The New Year brought adjusted motor fuel taxes to nine states, with seven states increasing their motor fuel taxes and two states decreasing the tax. Of the states that increased their motor fuel taxes, three of them—Florida, Georgia and North Carolina—did so based on...read more
Kentucky transportation officials warned that by August 2017 the state’s road fund could fall below the financial cushion set by the state’s transportation cabinet. Read More>> Due to lower-than-expected revenue generated from Vermont’s motor fuel tax, lawmakers...read more
with Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Due to a constrained budget, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announced July 11 that many new highway “capacity” projects to add lanes or build roads would be delayed as they focus a majority of...read more
by Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) on June 2 signed the FY 2017 Transportation Bill that approves $612.5 million for the state’s infrastructure improvements and maintenance. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan...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
There’s good news and bad news to report about the condition of America’s bridges. The good news is there were 2,574 fewer structurally deficient bridges in 2015 compared to the number in 2014. The bad news is there are still 58,500 on the structurally deficient...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
Nine states adjusted their motor fuel taxes Jan. 1, with four increases tied to efforts to providing more funding for transportation infrastructure investment, and five decreases triggered by falling oil prices. Four states—Utah, Nebraska, Maryland and Florida—raised...read more
The Vermont legislature increased the fuel tax to support transportation investment throughout the state in 2013. Vermont enacted a two-percent sales tax on gasoline as well as a 0.8 cent decrease in the per gallon tax, and a two-cents-per-gallon diesel tax increase...read more
PENNSYLVANIA: HOUSE BILL 1060 (2013) This successful legislative campaign with the Pennsylvania state legislature produced a five-year, $2.3 billion transportation package. The comprehensive transportation bill passed in November 2013, and it will provide an...read more
Six states raised their gas taxes on July 1 in order to help pay for transportation projects, but an ARTBA analysis shows actual retail prices at the pump mostly fell, in line with recent patterns. Residents of Idaho, Georgia, Maryland, Rhode Island, Nebraska and...read more
Increasing the gas tax does not result in a commensurate penny-to-penny increase in the retail price motorists pay at the pump, a study of the market impacts of five state gas tax increases enacted in 2013 found. The analysis, by Dr. Alison Black, chief economist for...read more
Other (Sales and use tax): Natural gas is exempted from the state motor fuel tax. Instead, the state sales and use tax of 6 percent is applied.
** Variable Rate Formula: State gas tax is comprised of a 12.1 cents-per gallon flat excise tax, a Motor Fuel Transportation Infrastructure Assessment (MFTIA) of 2 percent of the average quarterly retail gas price, and a Motor Fuel Tax Assessment (MFTA) of 13.4 cents per-gallon or 4 percent of the tax-adjusted retail gas price, (whichever is greater) upon each gallon of motor fuel sold by the distributor, not to exceed 18 cents-per-gallon.
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Cleanup fee and transfer fee.
*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.