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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.
Statehouse Campaign Strategies & Successes for Ongoing Transportation Funding Wins [ARTBA-TIAC Webinar]
Earlier this month, Ohio lawmakers reached a bipartisan deal to generate an additional $865 million annually for transportation infrastructure maintenance and safety work, and Gov. Mike DeWine (R) quickly signed it into law. But the measure doesn’t close the state’s estimated $1 billion transportation funding gap.
Chris Runyan, president of the Ohio Contractors Association (OCA), an ARTBA chapter, said he expects state lawmakers will have to revisit the revenue issue in a few years. He’s already making plans for that campaign. And he’s not alone.
Meeting a state’s transportation infrastructure needs is an ongoing challenge. Once legislation becomes law, the most successful advocates quickly reassess how to keep growing their state’s investment for maintenance and construction.
In a free, hour-long April 29 webinar from ARTBA’s “Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™”, three advocates will share their experience managing multi-year campaigns, harnessing public and legislative will to revisit the issue, and passing multiple bills to address their states’ shortfalls.
Attendees will learn how to reach out to lawmakers and governors, maintain momentum with coalitions and the public, and implement successful strategies and best practices.
• Carlos Braceras, executive director, Utah Department of Transportation
• Lance Binoniemi, vice president of government affairs, Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association
• Seth Millican, executive director, Georgia Transportation Alliance
The webinar begins at 3 p.m. Eastern, April 29. Registration is free, but space is limited. REGISTER NOW
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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) April 11 signed a law to charge an annual registration fee of $120 for electric motor vehicles, $50 for plug-in hybrid motor vehicles, and $20 for electric motorcycles. North Dakota is the 24th state to implement a fee for electric vehicles, and the fourth this year to implement or adjust an electric and hybrid vehicle fee. Read more about 2019 state transportation funding legislation. Read More>>
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) April 15 indicated she will consider auto insurance reform to offset her proposed 45 cents-per-gallon state gas tax increase. Republican legislators oppose both measures. Read More>>
Minnesota Transportation Department (MnDOT) Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher April 16 proposed raising fuel taxes, license plate fees, and the motor vehicle sales tax to meet the state’s infrastructure needs. Kelliher recommended implementing such measures soon to reduce future expenses. MnDOT projects an $18 billion transportation funding gap over the next 20 years. Read More>>
The Minnesota Transportation Department April 17 projected that at current funding levels state roads will deteriorate further, with 600 miles in jeopardy of dropping to “poor” condition by 2023. Roads that fall into the poor category require more expensive rehabilitation, further stretching the state’s limited budget. Read More>>
A new report by West Virginia’s Department of Transportation found the agency will retain approximately three-fourths of its current purchasing power in 2024 without additional revenue. The report also shows that only about 40 percent of the state’s pavement will be in good condition within the next two years, requiring more expensive repairs. Read More>>
Identifying & Analyzing Significant State Transportation Funding Trends [July 17 ARTBA-TIAC Workshop]
Dozens of states have made progress since 2013 to meet their transportation funding needs, including 30 state gas tax increases or adjustments, and 20 new state electric vehicle fees. On July 17 in Washington, D.C., Dr. Alison Premo Black, chief economist with the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, will explore the recurring themes and emerging trends of these ongoing efforts through an analysis of state legislative and ballot initiatives. She will answer questions from the audience.
The 6th Annual “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates,” a signature program of ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC), is a day-long event featuring transportation investment advocates, lawmakers, and industry professionals discussing new developments, campaign strategies, funding methods, and more. This year’s Workshop will include:
- An overview of state transportation funding trends and initiatives, plus a preview of what’s to come on 2019 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 how states are adapting for vehicle fuel efficiency;
- The benefits and challenges of tolling;
- Campaign strategies from battleground states, and on passing legislative and ballot measures; and
- Advice from state lawmakers on succeeding in your transportation funding campaign.
The annual in-person meeting of the Transportation Investment Advocates Council is 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about state transportation funding resources.
The Workshop is being held in conjunction with ARTBA’s 31st annual “Public-Private Partnerships in Transportation Conference.”
In a bipartisan effort, the Colorado legislature plans to allocate $300 million for transportation in this year’s budget, $106 million more than the initial line item. It’s unclear where this revenue will be drawn from in the state’s $30.5 billion budget. Read More>>
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) April 9 has authorized $806.6 million in bonding in 2020 and $812.4 million in 2021 for transportation projects. The state currently spends about $1.6 billion annually to maintain existing transportation infrastructure, with little left over for improvements. Read More>>
The Idaho Senate April 8 rejected a surplus eliminator bill that could have created an endowment fund for road work, effectively killing it for the session, based on concerns about revenue miscalculations and other unforeseen circumstances. Rep. Rick Youngblood (R-Nampa) said he expects to revisit the matter. Read More>>
Illinois state Sen. Martin Sandoval’s (D-Chicago) April 6 proposal to raise the gas tax from 19 cents per gallon from 38 cents is being opposed by other legislators and taxpayer watchdog groups. The 19-cent-per-gallon state gas tax, in place since 1990, has lost almost half of its original purchasing power. Read More>>
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has insisted that the state budget must generate $2.5 billion for transportation infrastructure. She has requested alternatives to her 45-cents-per-gallon state gas tax increase proposal. Read More>>
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s (DFL) proposed 20-cents-per-gallon state gas tax increase April 6 hit stiff opposition from Republican legislators who contend budget surpluses make it unnecessary to raise taxes. Walz countered his plan would spur job growth and meet the demands of population growth. Read More>>
The New York legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) March 30 agreed on a $175.5 billion state budget that authorizes the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) to assess congestion pricing in New York City. The program, expected to begin in 2021, will require motorists to pay a toll when entering parts of Manhattan. Read More>>
Philadelphia officials April 4 said they will consider congestion pricing to help to narrow Pennsylvania’s $450 million-per-year transportation funding shortfall. A state report says Philadelphia is the nation’s ninth worst congested city; New York City is fourth; and Boston is the most traffic-choked metro. Read More>>
Campaign Strategies & Successes: Maintaining Energy Towards Ongoing Transportation Funding Wins [ARTBA-TIAC Webinar]
Meeting a state’s transportation infrastructure needs is an ongoing challenge. Once legislation becomes law, the most successful advocates quickly reassess how to keep growing their state’s investment for maintenance and construction. In a free hour-long webinar from ARTBA’s “Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™”, three advocates will share their experience managing multi-year campaigns, harnessing public and legislative will to revisit the issue, and passing multiple bills to address their states’ shortfalls. Attendees will learn how to reach out to lawmakers and governors, maintain momentum with coalitions and the public, and implement successful strategies and best practices.
This webinar is scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern, Monday, April 29.
- Carlos Braceras, executive director, Utah Department of Transportation
- Lance Binoniemi, vice president of government affairs, Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association
- Seth Millican, executive director, Georgia Transportation Alliance
Registration is free, but space is limited. Reserve your spot today.
Based on the premise that shared knowledge and networking are powerful keys to success, ARTBA’s “Transportation Investment Advocacy Center” was created to help private citizens, legislators, organizations and businesses successfully grow transportation investment at the state and local levels through the legislative and ballot initiative processes. As the “go-to” resource for state and local transportation investment, TIAC has supported the development and execution of dozens of state and local campaigns across the U.S. Visit the website, transportationinvestment.org.