West Virginia voters took to the polls in an Oct. 7 special election to overwhelmingly approve a measure that will provide $1.6 billion in bonds over the next four years to jumpstart the state’s road construction plan. Early results accessed Oct. 8 show the bond...read more
Updated resource! The “Variable-Rate State Gas Taxes: A Resource Guide of Current Laws” report provides in-depth information on all 20 states that have instituted a variable-rate state gas tax to fund their transportation infrastructure. The report provides an...read more
The West Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing to grant an additional $30 million to overdue maintenance projects in the beginning of July, after the transportation funding increase in Senate Bill 1006 goes into effect. Read More>> California...read more
Update June 22: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (D) signed Senate Bill 1006 into law on June 22. At the signing, Gov. Justice stated, "...One thing we didn't miss the opportunity on was the roads. We passed an incredible roads package. It is truly landmark and what it...read more
During special session on June 13, the West Virginia House Finance Committee amended and approved a bill to adjust the state’s variable-rate motor fuel tax (a 3.5 cents-per-gallon increase) and raise the vehicle sales tax by 1 percent, as well as increase other motor...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 Minnesota Mark Dayton (D) approved the state department of transportation’s budget on April 3, allowing the agency to utilize $105 million in federal funding approved by the FAST Act to complete over 28 highway, road and bridge projects. Lawmakers...read more
National gasoline sales rose 2.2 percent from January through November 2016 when compared to the same time frame in 2015, according to a March 9 updated report from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The South Gulf region saw the largest grown (3 percent), while...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
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
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
by Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Ballot initiatives proposed by a coalition of Colorado businesses that sought to increase investment in roads, bridges, and highways throughout the state were withdrawn on May 18 from this year’s upcoming...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
An additional $5 billion is needed over the next decade in order to address congestion problems on South Carolina’s interstates, Department of Transportation Officials said Feb. 10. Read More. Meanwhile, South Carolina Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) during a legislative...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
Excise Tax: 20.5 cents-per-GGE, plus an additional 5 percent tax on the average wholesale price of fuel.
**Variable-Rate Formula: Flat tax gas tax of 20.5 cents-per-gallon plus an additional 5 percent of the average wholesale gasoline price (additional 12.7 cents-per-gallon as of Jan. 1, 2016).
*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.