State News


Oregon Transportation Funding Plan Breaks Down

A measure to increase transportation funding in Oregon fell apart last week when support from the bill’s two major supporters—Governor Kate Brown (D) and Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem)—was withdrawn. The proposal called for a 4 cents-per-gallon state gas...

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Michigan Report Recommends VMT Tax

A report, prepared for the Michigan Environmental Council by the Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation (SMART) at the University of Michigan, states that fuel efficient vehicles are leading to a decline in funding available for road...

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Oregon Ballot Measure Results



Fuel Taxes

Vehicle Miles Traveled Pilot Program (VMT):

  • Pilot program, started July 1, 2015, permits volunteers to abstain from the state’s motor fuel excise tax and be charged 1.5 cents-per vehicle miles traveled for a trial period (end date will be determined by the Oregon legislature).
  • Electric vehicles, most diesel vehicles manufactured before 2006, vehicles manufactured before 1996, and vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds are not eligible to participate in the program.

Excise tax:

  • Compressed natural gas (CNG): 30 cents-per-120 cubic feet (measured at 14.73 pounds per square inch of pressure at 60 degrees Farenheit)
  • Propane (LPG): 30 cents-per 1.3 gallons
  • Liquid fuels taxed at state motor fuel tax rate of 30 cents-per-gallon.

Fees: Optional Annual fee:

  • In lieu of the state fuel excise tax, operators of motor vehicles using natural gas or propane may elect to pay an annual fee based off of combined vehicle weight.
  • Vehicle owners that elect to pay the annual fee instead of excise tax must renew their vehicle registration annually, versus biennially.
  • Vehicle registration fees are increased based on weight.

*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.