A new report by ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (ARTBA-TIAC) analyzes Alabama’s successful 2019 campaign to increase transportation investment, including how organizations in the state built a coalition and obtained bipartisan consensus, and what led to the state’s transportation investment shortfall. It also explores significant state funding trends tracked by ARTBA-TIAC in recent years, including the importance of the governor acting as a champion of legislation and comprehensive research to support the need for increased investment. Readers will learn best practices and strategies to utilize in their own state.
The Alabama legislature March 12 approved legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support that will help generate more than $300 million per year in additional transportation infrastructure investment. Lawmakers agreed to increase Alabama’s fuel tax by 10 cents-per-gallon, phased in over three years and indexed to the National Highway Construction Cost, and new annual registration fees of $200 for electric motor vehicles and $100 for hybrid motor vehicles. Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed the bill into law the same day.
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. These studies dig into the politics, issues, media, and key players. Visit the ‘Campaign Case Studies’ tab on the TIAC website.