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March 19, 2019

37 States Have Introduced 185 Bills in 2019 to Boost Transportation Funding

States continue to take the lead in transportation investment, with 37 states introducing 185 bills in the first two months of the year to boost transportation funding, according to a report by the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center. In 2018, 40 states considered 214 transportation measures, with 19 states passing 27 bills.

Through February, 21 states have introduced legislation to increase one or more types of fuel taxes. Ten of those states would alter or create a variable-rate tax tied to external factors such as the Consumer Price Index, average wholesale fuel price, National Highway Construction Index, or other formulas.

Eight states are considering initiating mileage-based user fee studies and four states are debating tolling.

According to the report, 16 states are looking to introduce electric vehicle fees, and 10 of those states would also increase the registration fee for hybrid vehicles.

So far in 2019, Alabama (see earlier post) and Arkansas have passed fuel tax increases, and Wyoming has passed an electric vehicle registration fee increase.

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