In a show of bipartisanship, Virginia’s Republican-controlled legislature April 3 passed Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) $280 million annual funding plan for Interstate 81 and other highway improvements. The revenue comes from a local 2.1 percent tax on the average...read more
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and several Republican state legislators intend to introduce legislation that would implement tolls along Interstate 81 to generate an estimated $2.2 billion to fund safety and reliability improvements. The governor and his allies are...read more
Montana’s 2017 Bridge and Road Safety and Accountability Act (BRSA) has allowed the state’s department of transportation to match federal highway funds. Without the BRSA increase, Montana would have lost federal funding and local governments could not have...read more
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and several state lawmakers intend to introduce legislation that would implement tolls along Interstate Highway 81 (I-81) to generate an estimated $2.2 billion in new revenue. Northam is supportive of tolling, predicting the...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
As more state legislatures convene for the 2018 legislative session, transportation funding bills are proving to be a popular topic. The Colorado Senate chose transportation funding as the first bill to introduce this year. Senate Bill 18-001 would divert 10 percent...read more
Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R- Rochester) hopes that the state legislature will pursue a long-term transportation funding solution in the 2018 legislative session. In September, lawmakers passed a budget that included a $400 million transportation bond as...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
The Virginia legislature on Feb. 25 gave preliminary approval for the creation of a transportation fund “lockbox” that would prevent transportation-related funds from being raided for other uses. Because it is a constitutional amendment the legislature must vote again...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
After falling gas prices drastically decreased local transportation revenue, Virginia local governments and agencies are proposing a ‘floor’ for the state’s regional gas tax. The state’s motor fuel tax already has a floor in place that has prevented gas tax revenue...read more
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...read more
A recording of the Dec. 7 webinar, “Beating Gas Tax Rhetoric from the Right,” is now available online. The webinar featured three advocates who successfully campaigned to increase state transportation investment while facing organized resistance from groups opposed to...read more
Providing further proof that voting for a gas tax increase to fund transportation investments has not hurt lawmakers at the ballot box, every Virginia incumbent state senator was reelected during the statewide Nov. 3 general election. The 2015 general election was the...read more
This successful legislative campaign with the Virginia state legislature produced a five-year, $3.4 billion transportation investment bill that, among other changes, replaced the state’s gas tax with a sales tax on motor fuel. The legislature passed the bill in...read more
Virginia Ballot Measure Results
Electric Vehicle Fee: $64 annual license tax
Excise Tax: Charged as 5.1 percent of the statewide average wholesale price of gasoline.
- Blended fuels (gasoline): 16.2 cents-per-gallon
- Blended fuels (diesel): 20.2 cents-per-gallon
- Alternative fuels (converted to GGE): 16.2 cents-per-gallon
- Conversion formulas provided by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website.
** Variable-Rate Formula: Rate of 5.1 percent of the average wholesale price of gasoline, adjusted annually. The rate has a floor in place that prevents the excise tax from falling beneath 16.2 cents-per-gallon if the average wholesale price of gasoline decreases in value.
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Storage tank fee (0.6 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.