In Michigan, the Republican-led legislature approved a $59.9 billion budget, which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) called “a mess.” While the budget adds $400 million in general fund revenue to transportation, Whitmer says the amount is too low and shouldn’t be drawn...read more
In Texas, $9 billion in transportation funding is expected in FY 2020-21 due to revenue from the Propositions 1 (2014) and 7 (2015) constitutional amendments. These measures have contributed about $7.8 billion to the State Highway Fund since 2017, helping...read more
The Arkansas Department of Transportation will hold six meetings early next year to announce proposed transportation projects, which will hinge on voter approval of a 0.5 percent sales tax ballot measure in November 2020. Meanwhile, the legislative question committee...read more
The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving a total of $225 million to 18 states with bridges in poor condition. With funding from the Competitive Highway Bridge Program each state should be able to rehabilitate at least two bridges. Read More>>...read more
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) and Republican legislators agreed on a two-year budget that emphasizes new revenues and less borrowing by increasing vehicle registration fees. Evers highlighted The budget contains a lockbox provision that will protect...read more
In Manchester, Connecticut, town board approval of an $18 million bond hinges on how the public works director prioritizes improvements to arterial roads, side streets, sidewalks, and other infrastructure vying for funding. Read More>> ...read more
In West Virginia, construction and maintenance bids on the first round of “Road to Prosperity” bond projects are $1.1 billion, or 37 percent, higher than projected. Transportation Secretary Byrd White says these increases are due to the rising costs of...read more
Despite a 2017 $5.3 billion increase to the state’s highway system over 10 years, 20 percent of Oregon bridges are at risk of becoming structurally deficient in several years. Oregon earned a C- from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2019 evaluation,...read more
The Seattle Transportation Department (SDOT) is exploring congestion pricing to reduce congestion and pollution while increasing transportation efficiency. SDOT detailed the measures in a congestion pricing study and blog post. Read More>> The...read more
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) May 17 signed legislation raising the annual electric vehicle registration fee by $130. The new revenue will supplement the Road Use Tax Fund, which supports transportation construction and maintenance. Read More>> More...read more
Missouri voters last year rejected a transportation funding measure despite the state’s $800 million annual shortfall for roads and bridges. Why? ARTBA’s “Transportation Investment Advocacy Center”™ (ARTBA-TIAC) in a new report explores how the $400 million...read more
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...read more
Colorado faces a $9 billion transportation project backlog due to competing legislative priorities and conflicting budget forecasts. Lawmakers provided a $2.5 billion boost for transportation over the past two sessions. Now, the best funding prospect is to hope...read more
Connecticut’s newly introduced SB 70 aims to create a state infrastructure bank to fund infrastructure improvements by financing a loan program. State Sen. Alex Bergstein (D) , who also introduced SB 102 - a separate bill that implements electronic tolls on...read more
In the southeast… Alabama Sen. Pro Tem Del Marsh (R- District 12) Nov. 28 stated that the legislature would likely consider increasing the state gas tax during the 2019 legislative session. The Association of County Commissions of Alabama reported July 20 that a new...read more
Connecticut Ballot Measure Results
- Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and liquid natural gas (LNG) are taxed at a rate of 26 cents-per-GGE.
- Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG): tax is computed at 5 percent of the gross earnings from first sale of petroleum product in the state.
** Variable-Rate Formula: Excise tax has an additional ‘petroleum gross receipts earning tax’ of 8.1 percent on the wholesale level of gasoline and petroleum products (excluding heating oil).
*Federal funding percentages are from an ARTBA analysis of FHWA Highway Statistics data, total ten year average 2004-2013 from tables SF-1 and SF-2. The percent is the ratio of federal aid reimbursements to the state and total state capital outlays and is indicative of the importance of the federal aid program to state capital spending for highways and bridges. Does not include local capital spending. Federal highway reimbursements are primarily used for capital outlays, including construction, right of way and engineering, but are also used for debt service for GARVEE bonds.