In response to feedback, local officials in Pinellas County, Florida, want to create a transportation solution that addresses congestion, safety, transit, job growth, affordable housing, and workforce training. Such a package is estimated to total $392 million in capital and $31.5 million annually in operations and maintenance costs. To fund the plan the county can increase its local option fuel tax or raise property taxes through the county commission or ask voters to approve a transportation sales surtax. Last year six of seven local ballot measures were approved in Florida for an estimated $24.89 billion. Find TIAC’s evaluation here.
This December, the Washington Transportation Commission will vote on a proposal that switches from a gas tax to a pay-per-miles charge. The recommendation from the vote will then go to the state’s legislature. Read More>>
Pennsylvania State Representative Mike Carroll (D-Luzerne County) has proposed legislation to levy a $150 annual electric vehicle registration fee. Carroll anticipates an amendment to his bill will likely add a hybrid vehicle fee. Bob Latham, executive vice president of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, warns that increasing fuel efficiency will further diminish gas tax effectiveness. Read More>>
Pennsylvania State Rep. Martina White (R – Philadelphia) plans to compile a task force aimed at creating infrastructure funding policy “without putting any additional burdens on taxpayers.” The state currently has the nation’s highest gas tax. Read More>>
For nearly two years, road and bridge repair has been a top priority for Mississippi voters, according to polls. Five candidates in the state’s Nov. 5 gubernatorial race are split on how to pay for such work: some propose to cut waste or examine other options, others say a gas tax is long overdue. Read More>>
Maine’s deteriorating roads are fourth worst in the country, as rated by a recent CNBC evaluation. The Maine Department of Transportation relies on about $100 million in annual bonds to cover road and bridge repairs. A recent Bangor Daily News editorial called for increased investment. Read More>>
Maryland faces a $2.05 billion transit improvement funding shortfall over the next decade, according to a Capital Needs Inventory conducted by the Maryland Department of Transportation. The needs are evenly split between maintaining existing infrastructure and funding enhancements. Read More>>
West Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Byrd White pledged more transparency as legislators questioned perceived funding and work discrepancies among different counties. No road bond money has been used for maintenance, but White says that is still the goal. Read More>>