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Transportation Funding Ballot Measure Results
- Compressed natural gas (CNG): 31 cents-per-GGE
- Liquefied natural gas (LNG): 32.5 cents-per-DGE
- Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG): 30 cents-per-gallon
- E85: 29.3 cents-per-gallon
- Biodiesel: excise tax based on number of gallons of biodiesel blended fuel classified as B-11 or higher that is distributed in the state as expressed as a percentage of the number of gallons of special fuel for diesel engines of motor vehicles distributed in the state.
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Environmental fee (1 cent-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.