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State Transportation Funding News Roundup

Two states discuss plans to increase transportation funding, while one is forced to make cuts as a result of lower-than-projected gas tax revenue. California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) Jan. 7 budget proposal includes a plan to increase vehicle registration fees, and raise...

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State Transportation Funding Legislation Update

An updated report by the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ shows 18 states have passed legislation to support transportation investment in 2015. Coming up, three states have fall ballot measures pending voter approval, and at least two states are continuing...

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Transportation Funding Ballot Measure Results



Fuel Taxes

Excise tax: An excise tax rate of 9 percent of the average wholesale price on a per gallon basis applies to all special fuels, including diesel, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen, and any other combustible gases and liquids, excluding gasoline, used to propel motor vehicles.

  • Supplemental highway user motor fuel tax: 2 cents-per-gallon.

** Variable-Rate Formula: 9 percent of the average wholesale price of gasoline.

Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: User fee and underground storage tax (6.4 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.