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State & Local Funding News

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.


 

June 22: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

June 22: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) announced on June 21 $18.1 million in funding for state transportation infrastructure projects through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB), a program that provides grants and loans to highly competitive transportation projects that have enhanced mobility in local communities throughout Georgia. This year’s grant enables projects with a total value of $136.1 million to go forward, representing a better than 7 to 1 ratio of other funds to GTIB funds. Read More>>

Maine legislators will reconvene for a special session on June 26, during which legislators will consider the inclusion of a $100 million transportation bond measure for the November ballot. Read More>> 

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on June 8 $1.5 billion of Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant allocations for 26 projects. Twenty of the projects received at least $25 million and six projects were awarded at least $5 million. Read More>>

Theresa Ranni, ARTBA TIAC/Economics Intern, contributed to this report.

June 14: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

June 14: State Transportation Funding News Roundup

The North Carolina legislature on June 13 sent a $3 billion transportation bond measure to the governor for approval. Gov. Roy Cooper (D) is expected to sign the measure.

Follow state transportation funding legislation on the TIAC website.

The Iowa Transportation Commission unanimously voted on June 13 to approve a $3.4 billion 2019-2023 Transportation Improvement Program. The program attributed a list of additional projects to the state’s 10 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase approved in 2015, which added over $500 million to the five-year plan. Read More >>

A Wisconsin coalition organized a tour of local roads and bridges for elected officials and county representatives on June 12. The event was meant to draw attention to the need for increased investment in order to provide needed repairs. Read More>>

The Indiana Department of Transportation on June 11 signed a $9.6 million contract with HNTB Indiana Inc. to study the impact of tolling and develop a strategic plan for the implementation of tolling on interstate highways. Potential tolling locations include the I-465 loop in Indianapolis. Read More >>

The Missouri Department of Transportation on June 8 released an updated 2019-2023 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), outlining a $900 million annual construction program that consists of 1,319 transportation projects to maintain the state’s current system. This funding falls short of an additional annual need of $925 million to fund high priority transportation projects. Read More >>

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers (R) and House Speaker David Osborne (R) on June 13 expressed the need to increase transportation infrastructure funding through new funding sources, in addition to the existing gas tax. Read More >>

Theresa Ranni, ARTBA TIAC/Economics Intern, contributed to this report.

State Lawmakers to Discuss Transportation Funding Strategies at July 18 Advocates Workshop in D.C.

State Lawmakers to Discuss Transportation Funding Strategies at July 18 Advocates Workshop in D.C.

With over 200 transportation funding bills introduced this year in 39 states, it’s clear that many lawmakers outside of the Nation’s Capital understand the importance of supporting infrastructure investment. Some have passed measures signed into law by their governor, while others continue to shepherd proposals through their statehouse.

Four state legislators will discuss their experiences, share advice on strategies to increase transportation funding, and seek to answer the question of “why now?” at the 5th Annual “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates,” being held July 18 at the Hyatt Regency Washington in Washington, D.C.

The “State Transportation Funding Champion Legislators” session will feature:

Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran (D- District 5). Speaker Duran helped spearhead a compromise on 2018 legislation that will appropriate $645 million from the state’s General Fund to the transportation fund over the next two years.

Utah Sen. Wayne Harper (R- District 6). Sen. Harper has continuously worked to improve Utah’s transportation funding system in order to ensure the state will meet its immediate and long-term infrastructure needs.

Wisconsin Rep. John Nygren (R- District 89). Rep. Nygren worked with lawmakers to reach a deal in 2017 on legislation that provided transportation bonds and created an electric vehicle fee, successfully ending a state budget impasse.

West Virginia Sen. Craig Blair (R- District 15). Sen. Blair helped pass state legislation to increase the states motor fuels tax and other various fees on motor vehicles. Generating $135 million annually in new transportation funding.

Other sessions include:

  • An overview of state transportation funding trends and initiatives, plus a preview of what’s to come on 2018 state and local ballots;
  • An update on federal transportation funding and efforts to permanently fix the revenue stream for the Highway Trust Fund;
  • In-depth exploration of short- and long-term transportation funding techniques being explored by states;
  • How states ‘set the stage’ for a transportation funding increase;
  • Tips on united urban and rural interests in one campaign;
  • And more!

The Workshop is being held in conjunction with ARTBA’s 30th annual “Public-Private Partnerships in Transportation Conference.”

Space is limited! Register today to reserve your spot, or view more information about the Workshop on TIAC’s website.

State Transportation Funding Trends to be Explored at July 18 Workshop

State Transportation Funding Trends to be Explored at July 18 Workshop

Dozens of states have taken action to address transportation funding shortfalls over the past several years. Join fellow transportation advocates in Washington, D.C., on July 18 to learn about recent transportation investment trends and methods from Dr. Alison Premo Black, chief economist with the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. Dr. Black will explore state legislation introduced since 2013, as well as state and local ballot measures from the last decade, in order to provide analysis on new and recurring themes. She will also look ahead to provide a preview of November 2018 ballot measures.

Register for the 5th Annual “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates” to hear real-life challenges and success stories of state transportation funding campaigns. Learn what states have raised or are trying to raise new transportation revenue, why they are doing so, what revenue streams they are exploring, who the major players are, and campaign tactics and strategies. Transportation investment champions from around the country will share best practices, playbook secrets and other keys to success in advancing state and local legislative and ballot initiatives that boost transportation infrastructure investment.

Other sessions include:

  • An update on federal transportation funding and efforts to permanently fix the revenue stream for the Highway Trust Fund;
  • In-depth exploration of short- and long-term transportation funding techniques being explored by states;
  • How states ‘set the stage’ for a transportation funding increase;
  • Advice from state lawmakers on succeeding in your transportation funding campaign;
  • Tips on uniting urban and rural interests in one campaign;
  • And more!

The Workshop is being held in conjunction with ARTBA’s 30th annual “Public-Private Partnerships in Transportation Conference.”

Space is limited! Register today to reserve your spot, or view more information about the Workshop on TIAC’s website.

June 4: Updated Report Tracks 209 Transportation Funding Bills in 39 States

June 4: Updated Report Tracks 209 Transportation Funding Bills in 39 States

One-time funding measures, primarily bonds or general fund transfers, are the most popular type of state transportation investment legislation introduced since the start of 2018, according to the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center’s™ (TIAC) latest tracking report.

Twenty measures to increase transportation infrastructure funding have been approved in 15 states, among a total of 209 bills considered in 39 statehouses tracked by TIAC.

Other popular funding mechanisms introduced this year include:

  • Allowing local transportation funding, 41 bills in 14 states.
  • Providing non-fuel tax recurring revenue, including tolls, vehicle registration fees, and sales taxes, 36 bills in 17 states. Five bills in Kansas, Utah, Oregon and Connecticut were approved.
  • Increasing state motor fuel taxes, 25 bills in 11 states. Only one state- Oklahoma- approved a measure to increase the state gas tax. Oklahoma’s 5 cents-per-gallon increase goes to the Roads Fund, which frees up General Fund revenue to be used for education purposes.
  • Establishing a study or task force to investigate the state’s current transportation funding system and make suggestions for improvements to create more sustainable revenue sources, 18 bills in 13 states.
  • Altering electric and hybrid vehicle fees, 13 bills in nine states.

While many state legislatures have adjourned for the year, 12 are still in session, and several— including Maine and Mississippi— are considering special sessions to address unfinished transportation funding proposals. Ballot measures are also pending in Missouri, Colorado, Connecticut, California, and Virginia.

Read the report to see more details about what is happening in each statehouse.