Bonding and a new $100 fee on electric motor vehicles are two components of a potential deal to end Wisconsin’s state budget impasse, according to Rep. Jon Nygren (R- District 89), co-chair of the legislature’s budget-writing committee, on Aug. 22. Lawmakers anticipate the bill will be passed by mid-September. Read More>>

To increase transparency in state transportation spending, the South Carolina Comptroller’s Office created a website that will publish all monthly transportation expenditures, including the additional revenue generated by legislation approved earlier this year. Read More>>

Washington state is looking for 2,000 volunteer drivers to begin a year-long road usage charge pilot program. The program offers four reporting options— ranging from the “no-tech” method of odometer reading to “high-tech” methods of automated mileage meters with GPS and smartphone apps— to simulate being taxed by the miles driven, versus the amount of gas consumed. Read More>>

A Utah legislative task force is considering alternative revenue options to generate funding for the state’s roads and bridges, including public-private partnerships. The task force began meeting in May, and will present its recommendations to the legislature in January at the beginning of the 2018 legislative cycle. Read More>>

Missouri Transportation Director Patrick McKenna reiterated his belief that a state gas tax increase would be the “cheapest and quickest way” to provide a needed increase in transportation revenue. Read More>>

Did you miss this?

  • New Guide Available for Variable-Rate State Gas Tax Statutes: ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ provides model statutory language for variable-rate state motor fuel taxes to provide long-term, stable transportation funding. Read More>>
  • Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed the state’s transportation funding bill into law on Aug. 18. Read details of the bill in the TIAC post.