By Carolyn Kramer, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center manager
In May, the Nebraska legislature voted to override Gov. Pete Rickett’s (R) veto of a six cents-per-gallon gas tax increase, becoming the sixth state this year to hike its highway user fee to boost investment in transportation infrastructure.
Now, an in-depth case study of the Nebraska funding battle is available from the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC). The report includes the history of the state’s gas tax, the demonstrated need for an increase, the breakdown of the legislation and how it was passed, as well as who supported and who opposed the bill.
It’s the latest detailed case study of successful—and unsuccessful—state and local legislative and ballot initiative campaigns aimed at increasing transportation infrastructure investment. For each case, the TIAC staff digs into the politics, issues, media and major players involved in the effort. The reports also contain useful summaries of successful campaign “Best Practices” gleaned from this research.
To view other case studies, visit the “Campaign Case Studies” tab at the TIAC website. Monitor other ongoing transportation funding and financing developments through the TIAC “Blog.”
The Nebraska increase will be gradually implemented over four years, starting with a 1.5 cents-per-gallon increase on Jan. 1, 2016.