State News


Jan. 3: Nine States Adjust Gas Tax Jan. 1

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...

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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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The Vermont legislature increased the fuel tax to support transportation investment throughout the state in 2013.  Vermont enacted a two-percent sales tax on gasoline as well as a 0.8 cent decrease in the per gallon tax, and a two-cents-per-gallon diesel tax increase...

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PENNSYLVANIA:  HOUSE BILL 1060 (2013) This successful legislative campaign with the Pennsylvania state legislature produced a five-year, $2.3 billion transportation package.  The comprehensive transportation bill passed in November 2013, and it will provide an...

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Transportation Funding Ballot Measure Results



Fuel Taxes

Other (Sales and use tax): Natural gas is exempted from the state motor fuel tax. Instead, the state sales and use tax of 6 percent is applied.

** Variable Rate Formula: State gas tax is comprised of a 12.1 cents-per gallon flat excise tax, a Motor Fuel Transportation Infrastructure Assessment (MFTIA) of 2 percent of the average quarterly retail gas price, and a Motor Fuel Tax Assessment (MFTA) of 13.4 cents per-gallon or 4 percent of the tax-adjusted retail gas price, (whichever is greater) upon each gallon of motor fuel sold by the distributor, not to exceed 18 cents-per-gallon.

Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Cleanup fee and transfer fee.

*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.