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Feb. 5: State News Roundup

While some states move forward on transportation funding legislation, others grapple with transportation revenue shortfalls. State Transportation Funding Legislation Activity Hawaii Gov. David Ige included a plan to increase the state gas tax by 3 cents-per-gallon, as...

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Transportation Funding Ballot Measure Results



Fuel Taxes

Excise Tax

  • Ethanol: 0.145 times the rate for diesel
  • Methanol: 0.11 times the rate for diesel
  • Biodiesel: 0.25 times the rate for diesel
  • Propane: 0.33 times the rate for diesel
  • Other: “…based on the energy content of the fuels as compared to diesel fuel, using a lower heating value of 130,000 British thermal units per gallon as a standard for diesel, so that the tax rate, on an energy content basis, is equal to one-quarter the rate for diesel fuel.”

** Variable-Rate Formula: Motor fuel has a 4 percent tax on distributors (called the General Excise Tax), which applies to all goods and services, including motor fuels.

*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.