Gov. Kay Ivey (R) and the Alabama Department of Transportation have allocated significant funds for roads and bridges as a part of the 2019 Rebuild Alabama Act. The legislation requires the state to save $10 million from gas tax revenue for transportation improvements.  In this award cycle, $7 million will be granted to cities and counties for road and bridge construction projects. Read more>>

 

The Arizona Department of Transportation warned state representatives of a $30 billion revenue gap over the next 25 years. Chief Financial Officer Kristine Ward confirmed the state gas tax’s purchasing power has dropped by half and $102 million of revenue has been lost due to increased fuel efficiency. Read more>>

 

Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund has been propped up by diverting $3.7 billion from the state’s General Fund since 2003, according to an analysis by Gov. Ned Lamont’s (D) budget office. The money was diverted from funds that could have been used for municipalities, education and social services. Read more>>

 

In his State of State Address Jan. 6, Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) introduced a study to assess transportation needs and a corresponding legislative plan.  Little also recommended directing $100 million to highway projects, an initiative supported by Boise Mayor Lauren McLean (D), who says the state’s transportation system is 20 years behind completing needed work. Read more >>

 

Maine’s Department of Transportation Jan. 14 released its road and bridge funding plan, which will spread $2.6 billion over the next three years.  While the budget provides $150 million more than the past three years, fewer projects are expected to be funded due to rising construction costs.  A blue-ribbon commission is exploring revenue alternatives to help the state bridge its $233 million funding gap. Read more>>

 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) is proposing to increase Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) funding by nearly $135 million in the upcoming fiscal year. About $73 million s would be raised by a proposed 80 cent increase to Uber and Lyft ride-hailing fees. Read more>>

 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (DFL) has included $112 million for bridge projects and $100 million for roads in his proposed infrastructure bond package. Some Republican legislators applauded this step, including Sen. Dave Senjem (R-Rochester), who is also advocating a cash capital investment bill to fund one-time infrastructure improvements.  Read more>>

 

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) has proposed a $200 million road maintenance plan using one-time General Fund revenue. Sen. John Arthur Smith (D – Deming) supports the measure, but says a long-term sustainable funding plan is needed to address previous bonds agreements. Read more>>

 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has allocated $151 million to support 95 road repair and renewal projects covering over 1,000 miles throughout the state. Funded by the PAVE NY Initiative, these projects will begin this spring and conclude in winter 2020. Read more>>

 

In his proposal for the 2020-2021 state budget, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) plans to cut the Division of Highways’ budget by $145 million.  The $1.31 billion limit was reached partially because the state will not transfer the budget surplus to secondary road improvement, as it did last year. Read more>>

 

The Washington State Transportation Commission’s final report recommends a gradual and deliberate transition to a road usage charge system. The state legislature is now deciding if the charge will be implemented. Read more>>

 

Washington State legislators disagree on how to fill the $500 million gap in the current transportation budget.  The Republican minority suggested a diversion of the vehicle sales tax revenue, while state Democrats agree that funds should remain in the general fund for other investments. Read more>>

 

ARTBA Intern Emma Moore contributed to this report.