By Carolyn Kramer, manager, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center
Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-16 May 14 to override Governor Pete Ricketts’ (R) veto of Legislative Bill 610, approving a 6 cents-per-gallon state gas tax increase.
The gas tax increase will be phased in over the next four years, beginning with a 1.5-cents-per-gallon increase on Jan. 1, 2016. Once fully implemented it will generate $25.4 million per year for the state Department of Roads and an additional $50.8 million for cities and counties.
The Nebraska Unicameral Legislature voted 26-15 on May 7 to approve the legislation, but Gov. Ricketts vetoed the bill within hours. The Legislature needed a minimum of 30 votes to override the governor’s veto, four more than originally approved the bill.
Nebraska is now the sixth state in 2015 to approve a gas tax increase for transportation needs, joining Idaho, Iowa, Georgia, South Dakota and Utah. The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center is tracking nine states still considering gas tax increase legislation. For more information on 2015 state transportation funding initiatives, read the report.