Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) May 17 signed legislation raising the annual electric vehicle registration fee by $130. The new revenue will supplement the Road Use Tax Fund, which supports transportation construction and maintenance. Read More>>


More than two-fifths of Illinois’ major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, according to a May 14 TRIP report. At current funding levels, state-maintained roads and highways are expected to deteriorate further as the need for repairs increases. Read More>>


Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker’s (D) May 17 capital plan draft proposes  to allocate $28.6 billion to roads, bridges, and multimodal transportation. Over $1.5 billion of new transportation revenue would come from increasing the state gas tax and raising registration fees for electric and motor fuel vehicles. Read More>>


North Carolina has a shortage of asphalt workers due to a fourfold increase in road construction spending over the last five years. More than 1,000 new paving jobs are expected to be created in the next five years. Read More>>


Kentucky state Rep. John Sims (D – 70) says he will try again to increase transportation investment, possibly though a vehicle miles traveled calculation.  A bill to increase the state gas tax sponsored by Sims and state Rep. Sal Santoro (R – 60) was defeated earlier this year. Read More>>


The Michigan Senate May 15 passed a budget that accelerates a 2015 plan to add $132 million to fund local roads but excludes Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) 45-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase. Whitmer  has said she will not sign a budget that does not offer a road-funding solution. Read More>>


Republican state legislators in Connecticut have proposed to invest $1.9 billion annually in transportation over the next five years with a mix of federal funding and bonding. Gov. Ned Lamont (D) criticized the proposal for incurring too much debt. Read More>>