Colorado faces a $9 billion transportation project backlog due to competing legislative priorities and conflicting budget forecasts. Lawmakers provided a $2.5 billion boost for transportation over the past two sessions. Now, the best funding prospect is to hope...read more
Monroe County, Michigan on Jan.25 cancelled its snow removal contract with the state transportation department due to concerns that winter transportation maintenance expenses could jeopardize its funding for summer projects. Read More>> Additionally, Michigan’s...read more
Large trucks on the Indiana Toll Road will see 35-percent fee increases starting Oct. 5 as part of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s (R) plan to increase state transportation funding by an additional $1 billion. The increase, which amended an existing contract and did not require...read more
On Aug. 22 a Colorado measure to utilize $3.5 billion in bonds for transportation improvements was added to the upcoming Nov. 6 general election ballot. The citizen-initiated proposal exceed the required 98,492 qualifying signatures required. Another measure that...read more
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) on Jan. 31 released a proposal to stabilize the state’s dwindling Special Transportation Fund by increasing the state gas tax by 7 cents-per-gallon (phased in over four years), implementing statewide electronic tolling over the next...read more
Ohio Department of Transportation director Jerry Wray expressed concern that the state is falling behind on transportation projects, with 90 percent of the agency’s spending going to rehabilitating and maintaining existing roads and bridges and neglecting needed...read more
West Virginia voters took to the polls in an Oct. 7 special election to overwhelmingly approve a measure that will provide $1.6 billion in bonds over the next four years to jumpstart the state’s road construction plan. Early results accessed Oct. 8 show the bond...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 West Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing to grant an additional $30 million to overdue maintenance projects in the beginning of July, after the transportation funding increase in Senate Bill 1006 goes into effect. Read More>> California...read more
Update June 22: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (D) signed Senate Bill 1006 into law on June 22. At the signing, Gov. Justice stated, "...One thing we didn't miss the opportunity on was the roads. We passed an incredible roads package. It is truly landmark and what it...read more
During special session on June 13, the West Virginia House Finance Committee amended and approved a bill to adjust the state’s variable-rate motor fuel tax (a 3.5 cents-per-gallon increase) and raise the vehicle sales tax by 1 percent, as well as increase other motor...read more
Approved Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) on April 11 permitted legislation to become law that will provide $300 million in Grant Anticipation Revenue (GARVEE) bonds and reroute 1 percent of the state’s sales tax proceeds to transportation projects. The bill was approved by...read more
Enacted Legislation Minnesota Mark Dayton (D) approved the state department of transportation’s budget on April 3, allowing the agency to utilize $105 million in federal funding approved by the FAST Act to complete over 28 highway, road and bridge projects. Lawmakers...read more
National gasoline sales rose 2.2 percent from January through November 2016 when compared to the same time frame in 2015, according to a March 9 updated report from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The South Gulf region saw the largest grown (3 percent), while...read more
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) proposed 2017 – 2018 budget would maintain transportation funding at current levels. Read More>> California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) 2017-2018 budget proposal increases transportation funding by an average of $4.2 billion annually...read more
Transportation Funding Ballot Measure Results
Excise Tax: 20.5 cents-per-GGE, plus an additional 5 percent tax on the average wholesale price of fuel.
**Variable-Rate Formula: Flat tax gas tax of 20.5 cents-per-gallon plus an additional 5 percent of the average wholesale gasoline price (additional 12.7 cents-per-gallon as of Jan. 1, 2016).
*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.