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A bill to increase the state gas tax by 1 cent-per-gallon (starting July 1, 2015), revisited every two years to reflect increases based on the rate of inflation; increase vehicle inspection fees from $39 to $55; and raise court fees drivers pay to dispute fines for...

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Recent News in State Transportation Funding

The Michigan Senate adjourned for the week on Oct. 29 without making any progress on the House’s transportation funding proposal. With sessions scheduled Tuesday-Thursday for every week in October, lawmakers continue to hope they will reach a compromise. More The...

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Rhode Island Ballot Measure Results



Fuel Taxes

Excise tax: Alternative fuels are charged the state motor fuels tax per gallon (converted to the GGE or DGE when necessary).


  • Specialty plate: Electric/hybrid vehicles may elect to purchase a specialty plate for a $31.50 fee.

** Variable-Rate Formula: Indexed to the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: LUST tax (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.