State News


April 27: State Transportation Funding News

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...

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Dec. 21: State Transportation Funding News

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...

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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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Jan. 19: State News Roundup

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...

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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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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...

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Virginia Ballot Measure Results



Fuel Taxes

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.