ARTBA’s government relations, economics and Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC) teams have produced two special reports to help you better understand the impacts of the Nov. 6 election results.
Democrats picked up 27 seats to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives; 17 House seats have not yet been called. In the Senate, Republicans added to their majority, which currently stands at 52-45. Senate races in Florida, Mississippi and Arizona are still to be called.
“Now we have a much easier path because the Democrats will come to us with a plan for infrastructure, a plan for health care, a plan for whatever they’re looking at, and we’ll negotiate,” President Donald Trump said during a Nov. 7 news conference discussing the House results.
ARTBA tracked a record 346 state and local transportation ballot investment initiatives in 31 states. Voters approved 272, or 79 percent, of those measures.
In the most closely watched initiative (Prop. 6), California voters beat back an effort to repeal an increase in the state gasoline and diesel motor fuels tax that had been previously approved by the legislature as part of a 2017 transportation funding law. That decision by voters will help preserve more than $50 billion for urgently-needed highway, bridge, transit improvements in California over a 10-year period.
For more details on the congressional election and transportation ballot results, and re-election rates of state legislators who supported gas tax releases, read the full reports below.