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TIAC staff tracks the latest state and local transportation funding news and provides regular updates on TranspoAdvocates News. To contribute to these efforts, contact Carolyn Kramer.


September 12: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

September 12: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

The Arkansas Department of Transportation will hold six meetings early next year to announce proposed transportation projects, which will hinge on voter approval of a 0.5 percent sales tax ballot measure in November 2020. Meanwhile, the legislative question committee is meeting with political consultants to prepare a promotional campaign. Read more>>

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s (D) administration recommends nearly $400 million bond agenda. Most of the funding is dedicated for school and road construction. Lamont is trying to minimize piling on to Connecticut’s $25 billion bonded debt  absent a long-term transportation deal with the state legislature. Read more>>


The Kentucky Mileage-Based Transportation Funding Task Force is considering options to increase infrastructure investment as other revenues stagnate and stall planned projects. The group recently heard from Oregon and Utah officials about road usage charge models used to compensate for rising fuel efficiency. Read more>>


The Texas Transportation Commission approved a $77 billion, decade-long transportation plan specifically for safety improvements, congestion and connectivity issues, and roadway preservation. The Texas Department of Transportation says it is committed to reducing the worst congestion. The agency wants to secure funding from legislative and voter-approved initiatives. Read more>>

September 5: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

September 5: State Transportation Funding News Roundup


The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving a total of $225 million to 18 states with bridges in poor condition. With funding from the Competitive Highway Bridge Program each state should be able to rehabilitate at least two bridgesRead More>>


Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) is preparing a new transportation funding plan that involves maximizing federal aid. Republican state legislators have presented a borrowing plan to prioritize repairs over long-term projects, which statehouse Democrats and Lamont have rejected. Read More>>


Illinois officials say revenue from the July 1 38-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase will help fix state roads in downstate communities outside Chicago. Specific projects detailed in the capital plan may be released later this month. Read More>>


Aug 29: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

Aug 29: State Transportation Funding News Roundup


Phoenix, Arizona, residents Aug. 27 voted to preserve light rail funding in their city. More than 62 percent supported transit investment in the fourth such referendum in 19 years. Read More>> 


The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) aims to complete $435 million worth of transportation projects despite losing about $2.5 billion in funding diversions over the last decade. The state legislature is advancing a plan to prohibit more diversions which would allow KDOT to issue new bonds by 2022. Read More>> 


Maine legislators approved a measure for the Nov. 5 general election ballot that could provide $105 million in bonds for highway and bridge repair projects. Three other bond packages have failed this summer as Republican lawmakers feuded with Gov. Janet Mills (D) during a special legislative session. Read More>>


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is redirecting $150 million in state and federal funds over several years from county roads to improve interstates. Susquehanna County Commissioner Alan Hall argues the revenue should instead be taken from the state’s $900 million rainy day fund. Read More>>


A survey of Colorado voters found that 54 percent approve a Nov. 2020 ballot measure allowing the state to keep extra tax revenue for investment in roads, bridges, transit, and other non-transportation purposes. Under state law, this surplus revenue would otherwise have to be refunded to taxpayers. Read More>>


Illinois gas prices are at their lowest in three years despite a June 28 gas tax increase. Low prices are largely driven by the strong U.S. oil production rate. Read More>>



August 22: Transportation Funding News Roundup

August 22: Transportation Funding News Roundup


The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is urging state legislators to present a transportation funding proposal. The chamber president said improvements to interstate highways, trunk lines, county roads, and local streets are critical to supporting state industries. Read More>> 


The recently approved Wisconsin state budget provides an additional $320 million in highway rehabilitation funding and directs $66 million more to general transportation. The 2019-2021 budget has the lowest amount of borrowing in 20 years. Read More>>


California officials have allocated $1.1 billion for 133 highway and bridge projects across the state through its increased gas tax. Read More>> 


Alabama’s recent 6 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase will yield about $740,000 in additional 2020 transportation revenue. County officials are using the extra funding for resurfacing and maintenance projects. Read More>>


In Alabama, Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth (R) and state Senate President Pro-Tem Del Marsh (R – 12) oppose proposed tolls meant to fund I-10 Mobile Bayway Bridge construction. Despite a recent gas tax increase Gov. Kay Ivey (R) insists such tolls are necessary to pay for the $2.1 billion bridge. Read More>> 


Maine Gov. Janet Mills has proposed a $163 million bond package; $76 million less than her original offer. She called an Aug. 26 special session for legislators to consider the revised package. Read More>> 


August 16: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

August 16: State Transportation Funding News Roundup


Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) and Republican legislators agreed on a two-year budget that emphasizes new revenues and less borrowing by increasing vehicle registration fees. Evers highlighted The budget contains a lockbox provision that will protect transportation funding. Read More>>


North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) signed a law allowing electric vehicle charge station companies to charge customers by the kilowatt. This is expected to help charge station companies grow their business, facilitating electric vehicle use. Read more>>


Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) authorized $216 million in sales tax revenue to remain in the state highway fund for fiscal year 2020. Cities and counties will receive up to $150,000 to repair or replace local bridges. Read More>>


In Connecticut, local paving projects are at risk as legislators and Gov. Ned Lamont (D) remain at odds over bond authorization. For the second time in three years, Cities and towns haven’t received their annual $60 million in state funding on time. Read More>>