By Carolyn Kramer, manager, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center

The Delaware Legislature approved a bill June 30 to increase Department of Motor Vehicle Fees—last increased in 1990—for an additional $23.9 million per year for the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. The revenue is expected to be matched by $24 million in borrowing over the next six years.

These moves come one year after the legislature voted to approve a $1 weekend toll hike to generate $10 million per year for transportation funding. Delaware Department of Transportation officials reported a $780 million deficit for the next six years.

“This legislation represents a significant step in addressing the revenue shortfall in the Transportation Trust Fund that has threatened our ability to ensure the modern infrastructure that is critical to our future,” said Gov. Jack Markell (D) in a July 1 press release.