Gas tax increases advanced in state legislatures, state transportation funding gaps were examined, a governor endorsed a gas tax increase, and more this week in state transportation funding news.

Aging and underfunded infrastructure is the greatest concern for mayors, according to a survey released Jan. 20 by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Boston University Initiative on Cities. Highest on their big-ticket wish list was transit, followed closely by roads. The mayors surveyed also expressed doubt that their state and the federal government would adequately assist them with their infrastructure challenges. Read the press release, full report, and key findings.

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A proposal to increase Indiana’s gasoline and cigarette taxes to fund transportation was approved by the House Roads and Transportation Committee with a vote of 8-5 on Jan. 20. All four Democratic lawmakers on the committee and one Republican opposed it. More

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A Missouri bill to increase the state gas tax by 1.5 cents-per-gallon and diesel fuel by 3.5 cents-per-gallon passed the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee Jan. 20 and now heads to the full Senate for consideration. More

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s (R) 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Budget proposal released Jan. 15 includes a 10 cents-per-gallon state fuel tax increase (to be gradually phased in over three years), a 2 percent income tax reduction, and restructuring the state department of transportation. Haley’s plan would also transfer $280 million in nonrecurring General Funds and permanently allocate the entire motor vehicle sales tax to the state transportation fund. If approved, the governor’s budget would dedicate $344 million in the next fiscal year for the state’s roads and bridges. Read the proposal and view the press conference.

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The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is facing a $17.3 billion transportation infrastructure maintenance funding shortfall according to ADOT Director John Halikowski in a committee hearing Jan. 19. More

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An assessment released by credit rating agency Moody’s on Jan. 21 stated that New Jersey’s transportation fund needs new revenue before June 30 in order to continue transportation improvements. More

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A new report by the national transportation research group TRIP released Jan. 21 found that poor road conditions and congestion are costing upstate New York drivers an average of $1,873 per year. More

Also in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) proposed the largest transportation infrastructure investment in the state’s history on Jan. 13, but transportation advocates and lawmakers want more details on where the funding will be coming from. More

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The California Department of Transportation is searching for 5,000 volunteers to take part in the state’s vehicle-miles traveled pilot program. The 9-month trial will launch in July 2016 and last nine months, and will include a variety of options for reporting mileage and simulating payment. More