In 2015, North Carolina state lawmakers prevented a dramatic motor fuel tax cut, eliminated Highway Fund transfers, raised Division of Motor Vehicle fees, increased the tax on out-of-state motor vehicle purchases, and permitted municipalities to increase their local vehicle sales tax. By doing so, the state raised a total of $1.2 billion in additional transportation revenue availability for Fiscal Year 2016-2017, including $440 million annually in new revenues.
The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center’s™ latest case study explores how and why North Carolina leaders successfully increased transportation funding. The report also reviews the history of the state’s transportation funding, the factors that contributed to its funding shortfall, and major players involved in the campaign for an increase.
Read the “North Carolina 2015 Transportation Funding Increase” case study.
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. To view other case studies, visit the ‘Campaign Case Studies’ tab on the TIAC website.
TIAC attempts to track all ongoing state and local transportation funding and financing developments in real time and reports on them frequently through TranspoAdvocate News. If you would like to contribute information to this effort, please contact the TIAC staff.