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
By Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed an infrastructure bill that authorized $50 million for the state’s Small Bridge Program, as well as authorization for $750 million in Federal Highway aid, with $135...read more
With Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Gas taxes increased on July 1 by 4.9 cents per gallon in Washington state, and 0.9 cents per gallon in Maryland. The same day, California decreased its gas tax by 2.2 cents per gallon, while Nebraska and North...read more
By Tyler Kane Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) issued an executive order to assemble a task force that will make recommendations to solve Louisiana’s $12.7 billion transportation funding backlog. The task force is one of many attempts to assess Louisiana’s...read more
by Tyler Kane Following failure to pass legislation that would have raised the state’s gas tax, Missouri lawmakers approved a $20 million allocation of General Fund revenue for a cost-sharing program that will partner the state government with local governments to...read more
A Missouri bill allowing voters to consider a state gas tax increase in the Nov. 8 General Election is facing a May 13 legislative deadline. The measure is before the Select Committee on State and Local Governments, following May 4 approval by the House Transportation...read more
Four states express transportation funding concerns, while one organization proposes a solution to their state's transportation funding shortfall. Facing concerns that the state legislature will not reach a long-term transportation funding agreement this session, the...read more
An additional $5 billion is needed over the next decade in order to address congestion problems on South Carolina’s interstates, Department of Transportation Officials said Feb. 10. Read More. Meanwhile, South Carolina Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) during a legislative...read more
There’s good news and bad news to report about the condition of America’s bridges. The good news is there were 2,574 fewer structurally deficient bridges in 2015 compared to the number in 2014. The bad news is there are still 58,500 on the structurally deficient...read more
Illinois lawmakers approved a bill on Dec. 7 to release already-collected fuel taxes to fund local road work, as the revenue is intended. The bill also includes an increase in winter maintenance funds to local governments are able to manage snow and inclement weather....read more
Normal City, Ill.’s City Council on March 2 unanimously approved a new 4 cents-per-gallon local tax on motor fuel. The new tax, effective July 1, is anticipated to generate approximately $600,000 per year. Illinois permits home-rule municipalities to establish a Local...read more
The Transportation for Illinois Coalition—an alliance of labor and business organizations— wants to increase the state gasoline tax in order to fund transportation infrastructure projects throughout the state. This coalition supports an increase in both the gasoline...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.