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Gov. Phil Bryant (R) told attendees of the Mississippi Economic Council’s 16th Annual Hobnob event on Oct. 25 that he would support putting a gas tax increase on the Nov. 2018 ballot for voter approval. Read More>> While most New Hampshire residents believe the...read more
Bonding and a new $100 fee on electric motor vehicles are two components of a potential deal to end Wisconsin’s state budget impasse, according to Rep. Jon Nygren (R- District 89), co-chair of the legislature’s budget-writing committee, on Aug. 22. Lawmakers...read more
Aug. 31: FHWA to Administer $14.2 Million in Grants for Alternative Transportation Revenue Test Programs
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Aug. 30 announced eight state transportation projects would receive $14.2 million in grants to assess alternative revenue mechanisms under the Surface Transportation System Funding...read more
by Carolyn Kramer, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Manager A new analysis of eight states that passed legislation to increase their state motor fuel taxes in 2015 to pay for important new transportation improvements shows that 98 percent of Republican and...read more
Illinois lawmakers approved a bill on Dec. 7 to release already-collected fuel taxes to fund local road work, as the revenue is intended. The bill also includes an increase in winter maintenance funds to local governments are able to manage snow and inclement weather....read more
An updated report by the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ shows 23 states have passed legislation to support transportation investment so far in 2015, generating an estimated $11.3 billion in new revenue. Over 170 measures were introduced in 2015, with 36...read more
Senate Bill 5987 was signed into law on July 15, 2015 in order to increase the state gas tax by 11.9 cents-per-gallon and increase transportation-related fees, as well as permit Sound Transit residents to vote on a plan to fund expansion of the region’s lightrail...read more
Preliminary Nov. 3 election results show voters in eight states approved 26 of 37 (70 percent) state or local referendums to increase transportation funding, according to an analysis by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s “Transportation...read more
Michigan lawmakers Nov. 3 approved increases to the state’s motor fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees as part of a $1.2 billion plan to fund the state’s transportation infrastructure. The compromise, consisting of seven bills that were long debated between the...read more
An updated report by the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ shows 18 states have passed legislation to support transportation investment in 2015. Coming up, three states have fall ballot measures pending voter approval, and at least two states are continuing...read more
Over the past 10 years, state transportation funds have supported an average of 48 percent of annual capital outlays for highway and bridge projects, with federal resources providing the remaining 52 percent. Since 2013, 15 states have increased taxes on motor fuel to...read more
Transportation Funding Ballot Measure Results
Electric Vehicle Fee: Annual vehicle registration renewal fee of $100.
- Beginning July 1, 2016, plug-in hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles that can travel 30 miles using only electric will be subject to this fee, and will pay an additional $50 registration renewal fee.
Excise Tax: Starting at 37.5 cents-per-gallon of special fuel, or each 100 cubic feet of compressed natural gas (CNG), measured at standard pressure and temperature.
- Beginning Aug. 1, 2015, an additional and cumulative tax rate of 7 cents-per-gallon of special fuel shall be imposed on special fuel licensees, other than special fuel distributors.
- Beginning July 1, 2016, an additional and cumulative tax rate of 4.9 cents-per-gallon of special fuel shall be imposed on special fuel licensees, other than special fuel distributors.
Fee: An annual fee is administered to owners of natural gas (LPG) vehicles based on gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), in lieu of excise tax.
*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.