Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) believes lawmakers will increase the state gas tax in 2016 in order to generate new revenue for roads and bridges.

“I do think the gasoline tax is one tax that will certainly be strongly looked at and I think it will be passed,” Bentley said Nov. 6. “People in this state want good bridges. It will come up in the next session and there is a reasonably good chance it will pass and I’m for it.”

ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC) Blog has been following developments is several other states over the past week, including:

  • Wisconsin lawmakers approved an additional $350 million in bonds in order to speed up critical transportation projects facing delays due to lack of funding.
  • Indiana House Democrats proposed a $2 billion transportation funding plan Nov. 9 in response to Gov. Mike Pence’s (R) earlier $1 billion plan.
  • Connecticut lawmakers are requesting a transportation fund “lockbox” to protect money from being diverted to other types of projects.
  • Minnesota’s transportation funding gap is now expected to be $3.8 billion higher over the next 20 years than previously estimated.

Read these stories and news from other states on the TIAC Blog. Please contact TIAC manager Carolyn Kramer at ckramer@artba.org anytime you have news about how state and local communities are moving forward with ways to fund highways, bridges and public transit.