Minnesota Governor-elect Tim Walz (D) has indicated support for a gas tax increase, a view echoed by the new Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Kelliher has stated that she considers a gas tax more regressive than an income tax, but believes a gas tax is currently the most equitable way for Minnesotans to pay their fair share. Read more.
In Ohio, sharp funding reductions for transportation improvements have spurred business, local government, and transportation industry officials to form the Fix Our Roads Ohio coalition. This growing movement is advocating for transportation funding solutions, possibly through a gasoline tax increase, and aims to educate citizens and policymakers on Ohio’s infrastructure needs. Read more.
In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) proposed investing $150 billion in essential infrastructure improvements, $66 billion of which would be dedicated to mass transit, railroads, highways, bridges, and tunnels. Cuomo and legislators are trying to compose a five-year state budget by March 31. Read more.
To fulfill campaign promises of road repairs and improvements, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) must maneuver within a flat $10.7 billion general fund or raise new revenue. Transportation investment legislation approved in 2015 is still in the process of being phased in. Read more.
Finding transportation funding solutions is challenging Missouri legislators after voters rejected the proposed gas tax increase on the November 2018 ballot. Read more.
Kentucky legislators are considering a gas tax increase in anticipation of insufficient funding for backlogged and projected transportation projects. Read more.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has called for an increase in the state gas tax to fund infrastructure improvements, however, the details remain murky. Read more.
In response to a $317,000 reduction in the 2018 Iowa Road Use Tax Fund, state officials have recommended that the Iowa Legislature increase fees or charge taxes to electric vehicles owners. Officials say this compensation should be implemented early to prevent tax revenue from falling behind. Read more.