Seven states this year have increased taxes on motor fuel to support needed transportation investment, with several others still considering legislation to increase transportation funding. Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC) staff have prepared in-depth...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
The Washington state Legislature voted July 1 to approve over $1 billion annually in new revenue for the state’s transportation infrastructure. The plan includes an 11.9 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase—gradually implemented beginning August 1 and fully applied on...read more
Washington state legislators reported June 28 that a deal has been reached to raise more than $15 billion for transportation infrastructure projects, funded in part by an incremental 11.9 cents-per-gallon state gas tax increase. While details of the compromise were...read more
April 2015 State Transportation Funding Initiatives Report: States Continue Advancing Transportation Bills
More than 30 states, or well over half of the country, are considering new transportation funding legislation so far this year, according to the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center’s fourth 2015 report on state legislation. TIAC staff have tracked over 100 bills...read more
Several states are pushing to pass transportation funding measures before wrapping up their 2015 legislative sessions. Here’s a quick look at measures in development this week: The Nebraska Unicameral Legislature is preparing for a final vote on a bill to increase the...read more
Two states are making progress on bills to increase their state gas taxes. Georgia’s House Transportation Committee on March 2 approved a bill which would replace the state’s existing 4 percent sales tax on motor fuel with a 21.7 cents-per-gallon state gas tax...read more
Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) December 16 unveiled a $12 billion state transportation funding plan. The 12-year proposal would be funded through a combination of bonds, fees, and a new carbon tax. It is estimated that the tax alone will generate $400 million per...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
Investing $7 billion in Washington’s transportation system would generate $42 billion in economic benefits, according to a study released October 21. This would include creating 184,000 jobs and reducing the cost of future road repairs by $650 million. The savings...read more
Ninety three percent of U.S. Travel Association members believe there is a need for greater investment in maintaining and upgrading our nation’s infrastructure, and that all funding options should be on the table. This was one of the key findings from a survey put out...read more
Electric Vehicle Fee: Annual vehicle registration renewal fee of $100.
- Beginning July 1, 2016, plug-in hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles that can travel 30 miles using only electric will be subject to this fee, and will pay an additional $50 registration renewal fee.
Excise Tax: Starting at 37.5 cents-per-gallon of special fuel, or each 100 cubic feet of compressed natural gas (CNG), measured at standard pressure and temperature.
- Beginning Aug. 1, 2015, an additional and cumulative tax rate of 7 cents-per-gallon of special fuel shall be imposed on special fuel licensees, other than special fuel distributors.
- Beginning July 1, 2016, an additional and cumulative tax rate of 4.9 cents-per-gallon of special fuel shall be imposed on special fuel licensees, other than special fuel distributors.
Fee: An annual fee is administered to owners of natural gas (LPG) vehicles based on gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), in lieu of excise tax.
*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.