State News


Feb. 5: State News Roundup

While some states move forward on transportation funding legislation, others grapple with transportation revenue shortfalls. State Transportation Funding Legislation Activity Hawaii Gov. David Ige included a plan to increase the state gas tax by 3 cents-per-gallon, as...

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January 2016 State Gas Tax Changes

Nine states adjusted their motor fuel taxes Jan. 1, with four increases tied to efforts to providing more funding for transportation infrastructure investment, and five decreases triggered by falling oil prices. Four states—Utah, Nebraska, Maryland and Florida—raised...

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State Transportation Funding News Roundup

A TRIP report released Nov. 24 found poor roads and congestion in Connecticut costs urban residents an estimated $5.1 billion per year in the form of vehicle operating costs, lost time, wasted fuel, and the financial repercussions of traffic incidents. Thirty-three...

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UTAH: HOUSE BILL 362 (2015)

A bill to increase the state gas tax by 5 cents-per-gallon and create a 12 percent tax on the average wholesale price of fuel, to replace the state’s flat gas tax once the price of fuel reaches $2.45 per gallon. Utah HB 362 was signed into law on March 27, 2015.  Case...

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Utah Ballot Measure Results



Fuel Taxes

Excise tax:

  • Compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen:
    • 10.5 cents-per-GGE until July 2016;
    • 12.5 cents-per-GGE until July 2017;
    • 14.5 cents-per-GGE starting July 2018.
  • Liquefied natural gas (LNG):
    • 10.5 cents-per-DGE until July 2016;
    • 12.5 cents-per-DGE until July 2017;
    • 14.5 cents-per-DGE starting July 2018.

One GGE is equal to 5.66 pounds of CNG or 2.198 pounds of hydrogen.

One DGE is equal to 6.06 pounds of LNG.

Special fuel user trip permit (valid for 96 hours or until the qualified vehicle leaves the state): $25

** Future Variable-Rate Formula: 12 percent tax on the average wholesale price of gasoline, to take effect once the average wholesale price of motor fuel reaches $2.45 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.