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
Several South Carolina state senators on March 29 prevented a transportation funding bill from being scheduled for debate. The legislation fell five votes shy (23-18) of the required two-thirds supermajority vote needed for priority status. The bill, which would...read more
While Minnesota ranks eighth highest on highway spending per capita and 18th highest on its share of statewide highway spending in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), when costs are adjusted to factor in unique challenges to the state—such as harsh winter weather and...read more
Indiana House Democrats announced a plan on Feb. 6 to increase transportation funding by $800 million to $900 million annually by dedicating the annual state agency budget reversions toward state and local funding; ensuring all motor fuel taxes—including the state...read more
A Jan. 26 review of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) by the Legislative Audit Bureau found that the agency did not take into account inflation and design changes when estimating project cost, causing them to greatly underestimate the cost of 19...read more
U.S. states will need to shoulder additional cost burdens for repairing or replacing aging transportation infrastructure, predicts a Jan. 19 report by Moody’s Investors Service. States that are currently dealing with a large maintenance burden and transportation...read more
TRIP released an updated analysis on Jan. 12 examining the state of Montana’s transportation infrastructure. Read the report>> In Indiana, Gov. Eric Holcomb’s (R) State of the State Address delivered Jan. 17, highlighted transportation infrastructure...read more
Governors & Lawmakers In her Jan. 9 inaugural address, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) stated her intent to pass a transportation funding package to invest in highways and mass transit. Read More>> In his annual state budget plan released Jan....read more
Legislators and Governors Proposed legislation filed by Rep. Randal S. Crowder (R- Clovis) in New Mexico would permit counties and cities to implement a local option fuel tax of up to 5 cents per gallon with voter approval. Read More>> Outgoing North Carolina...read more
A number of states are expected make transportation funding a priority in their 2017 legislative sessions. This includes a dozen states where we think there is a good chance of legislation moving forward. Many legislators held off on introducing major bills in 2016,...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
With Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer delivered a public presentation on Sept. 27 about why the state needs to increase transportation funding and what neighboring states have...read more
The Wyoming Department of Transportation’s funds remain stable, despite cuts to the state budget that have affected multiple other state agencies. The department’s financial stability is due in part to its minimal reliance on the state general fund, which only...read more
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2017-2019 budget proposal released Sept. 15 includes a $447.4 million cut from state highway programs, which would delay several major highway construction projects throughout the state, and an increase of nearly $70 million...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
Wisconsin 2016 Ballot Measure Results
- Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG): 22.6 cents-per-gallon
- Compressed natural gas (CNG): 24.7 cents-per-GGE
- Liquefied natural gas (LNG): 19.7 cents-per- GGE
The tax rate for alternate fuels (CNG, LNG, and LPG) is determined by dividing BTUs in one gallon of the alternate fuel by the BTUs in 1 gallon of gasoline. This ratio is then multiplied by the Wisconsin tax on 1 gallon of gasoline (currently 30.9 cents-per-gallon).
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Petroleum inspection fee (2 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.