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
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ (D) proposed transportation investment plan would generate an additional $608 million over two years, $527 million of which would come from raising the gas tax and the remainder would come from fees on heavy trucks, hybrid vehicles,...read more
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation faces threats of reduced federal funding, potential repeal of the vehicle sales transfer tax provision, litigation, and diverted funds, a Feb. 28 report showed. The state’s Transportation Advisory Committee warned...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
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) Dec. 11 called on lawmakers to increase transportation funding in 2019, including raising the state gas tax and fees on fuel-efficient vehicles. Read More>> Several Illinois local leaders, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, on...read more
Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn Dec. 5 warned that the state’s current transportation investment was inadequate to meet its needs and compete with neighboring states. Read More>> Alabama Sen. Pro Tem Del Marsh (R- District...read more
Kentucky House Transportation Committee Chair Sal Santoro (R- District 60) in an interview with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Sept 12, stressed the need for the state to reform its variable-rate state gas tax formula in order to increase revenue, as well as create...read more
A Nov. 6 California ballot measure will decide whether to mandate a state referendum for any gas tax increases, retroactive to January 2017. The immediate impact would be the repeal of Senate Bill (SB) 1, which raises an estimated $5.2 billion annually for...read more
Dozens of Georgia transportation projects do not have sufficient funding to move forward, according to a May 31 report by The Road Improvement Program (TRIP). Read More>> The Oklahoma legislature’s diversion of transportation revenue to balance the general fund...read more
Without new revenue, Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund may face a deficit beginning in July 2018, and could reach insolvency by mid-2020, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) told Wall Street rating agencies. The state may begin making cuts to the operating budget and...read more
The Wisconsin legislature passed a budget on Sept. 15 that will create a $100 annual registration fee for electric motor vehicles and a $75 annual registration fee for hybrid motor vehicles. The bill also authorizes $400 million in bonds to fund transportation...read more
Road Progress California’s Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced the creation of 1,100 new jobs within the agency as a direct result of the funding approved April 28 in Senate Bill 1. Read More>> The South Carolina Department of Transportation on...read more
Updated resource! The “2013 – 2017 State Motor Fuel Tax Increases” Roundup provides a summary of all state legislation to increase taxes on motor fuel for transportation investment since 2013. The report provides an overview of the 23 states that voted to increase...read more
Oregon is moving forward with a multibillion-dollar transportation spending package. The legislation includes a tax and fee increase, which will raise $5.3 billion for roads and bridges over the next 10 years. The package was approved by the state house 39-20 on July...read more
By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) may halt most roadwork by July 1 if state lawmakers can’t pass a budget that allows the agency to pay highway contractors and other vendors. Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has ordered the...read more
Illinois Ballot Measure Results
- Alternative fuels are taxed at the state motor fuel rate (GGE or DGE).
- Liquid petroleum gasoline (LPG): an additional 5.9 cents-per-gallon.
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: 6.25 percent state sales tax added, as well as environment and LUST fee (1.1 cents-per-gallon).
*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.