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
Colorado faces a $9 billion transportation project backlog due to competing legislative priorities and conflicting budget forecasts. Lawmakers provided a $2.5 billion boost for transportation over the past two sessions. Now, the best funding prospect is to hope...read more
The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is facing a $135 million shortfall to maintain current road conditions, $72 million of which consists of maintenance projects, according to a March 8 report. Read More>> Pennsylvania could lose $18.5...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
Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker warned Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) of an "economic death spiral" if the state legislature does not approve additional transportation funding. In an April 20 letter, Redeker said the agency will raise...read more
New Mexico House lawmakers rejected a Senate amendment on Feb. 13 that would decrease revenue for road construction and maintenance from $60 million to $34 million, holding up the state's $6.3 billion budget plan. The budget bill is due to Gov. Susana Martinez (R) by...read more
Ohio Department of Transportation director Jerry Wray expressed concern that the state is falling behind on transportation projects, with 90 percent of the agency’s spending going to rehabilitating and maintaining existing roads and bridges and neglecting needed...read more
A new report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association released Sept. 12 quantifies the significant losses Connecticut faces if it fails to invest in transportation infrastructure. The state would forego over $65 billion in long-run economic...read more
A Mississippi bridge with a posted weight limit collapsed Aug. 28 when a truck that may have weighed more than the limit crossed it. Read More>> Pennsylvania House Republicans proposed a state revenue plan on Sept. 5 that would reallocate funding from a variety...read more
Updated resource! The “Variable-Rate State Gas Taxes: A Resource Guide of Current Laws” report provides in-depth information on all 20 states that have instituted a variable-rate state gas tax to fund their transportation infrastructure. The report provides an...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
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) vowed on April 4 to veto any legislation that includes a state gas tax increase. Instead, the governor urged lawmakers to approve bonds for highway construction. The legislature approved $1 billion in bonds in 2013 and $2 billion...read more
Since the passage of "Rhodeworks," a plan approved by the state legislature in 2016 to fund bridge repairs with a toll on heavy commercial trucks, Rhode Island has issued $60 million more construction contracts than in the prior year and added 800 construction jobs....read more
The New Year brought adjusted motor fuel taxes to nine states, with seven states increasing their motor fuel taxes and two states decreasing the tax. Of the states that increased their motor fuel taxes, three of them—Florida, Georgia and North Carolina—did so based on...read more
with Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Due to a constrained budget, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announced July 11 that many new highway “capacity” projects to add lanes or build roads would be delayed as they focus a majority of...read more
Transportation Funding Ballot Measure Results
Excise tax: Alternative fuels—including natural gas, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquid propane gas (LPG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), alcohols, gasoline-alcohol mixtures containing at least 85 percent alcohol by volume, hydrogen, hythane, electricity and any other fuel not taxable as liquid fuels or fuels—are converted to a GGE and taxed at the current state motor fuel tax.
** Variable-Rate Formula: Oil Company Franchise Tax: 217.5 mills for liquid fuels and 272.5 mills for fuels, calculated into a cents-per-gallon rate by the state Department of Revenue annually (beginning Jan. 1, 2017).
*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.