The TIAC staff researches and prepares detailed case studies of recent successful—and unsuccessful—state and local legislative and ballot initiative campaigns aimed at increasing transportation infrastructure investment. For each case, the studies dig into the politics, issues, media and major players involved in the effort. You’ll also find here a summary of successful campaign “Best Practices” gleaned from this research.

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed into law on July 15, 2015, a bill to increase the state gas tax by 11.9 cents-per-gallon, implemented gradually over the next two years, and raise transportation-related fees. The plan is estimated to generate $16 billion over the next 16 years in order to fund transportation infrastructure maintenance and modernization.

An in-depth case study on the 2015 Washington state gas tax increase is now available, including history of the state’s gas tax, the demonstrated need for an increase, the breakdown of the legislation and how it was passed, who supported the bill, and who opposed the bill. To view the case study, visit: Washington State Legislative Gas Tax Increase (2015). To view other case studies, visit the ‘Campaign Case Studies’ tab.

TIAC attempts to track all ongoing state and local transportation funding and financing developments in real time and reports on them frequently through our Blog. If you would like to contribute information to this effort, please contact the TIAC staff.