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Successful Ballot Initiatives
On Nov. 8, 2016, New Jersey voted approved a measure to constitutionally dedicate all revenue derived from the sale of motor fuels—including the motor fuel excise tax and the Petroleum Products Gross Receipts tax—to the state’s Transportation Trust Fund, to be used exclusively for transportation infrastructure purposes.
In two consecutive years, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved two ballot measures to direct revenue to the State Highway Fund for the purpose of maintaining and constructing public roadways and repaying General Obligation bonds used for highway improvements.
This 2014 statewide ballot measure to protect Maryland’s transportation fund from diversions to non-transportation programs was overwhelmingly approved by voters, with 82% in favor of the measure.
This 2014 statewide ballot measure to protect Wisconsin’s transportation fund from diversions to non-transportation programs was overwhelmingly approved by voters, with 80% in favor of the measure.
This successful and highly effective ballot initiative campaign in Arkansas produced a sales tax increase in 2012. Arkansas voters approved Issue 1, a half-cent sales tax increase to go toward a $1.3 billion bond for a 4-lane state highway network as well as for road improvements.
This victorious ballot initiative campaign in Maine resulted in the passage of a $41 million bond measure to support transportation projects. In 2012, Maine voters approved Question 4, which proposed providing approximately $41 million for highway and bridge repairs throughout the state of Maine. Question 4 passed with 68.9 percent of voters in support of the measure in the November 2012 election.
This successful ballot initiative campaign in Maine resulted in the enactment of a $100 million transportation bond measure. In this statewide initiative, 72 percent of Maine voters supported a $100 million transportation bond. Question 3 will finance $76 million for highway improvements, $27 million for bridges, $24 million for ports and rail, and $5 million for local governments. This bond will also leverage an additional $154 million from both federal and state funds.
This successful ballot initiative campaign in Gwinnett County, Georgia implemented a “Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.” This ballot measure received 58 percent of voter approval in the 2013 election.
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