By Carolyn Kramer, manager, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed into law on Nov. 10, 2015, a package of bills to increase state gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to 26.3 cents-per-gallon; tax alternative fuels at the state motor fuel tax rate; establish an alternative fuel dealer license and fee; increase registration fees by 20 percent; and create a new annual fee for electric-powered motor vehicles. The measures are anticipated to generate approximately $1.2 billion per year once fully implemented.

Now, an in-depth case study of the Michigan Transportation Funding Package (2015) 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.

The TIAC staff researches and prepares detailed case studies of recent successful—and unsuccessful—state and local legislative and ballot initiative campaigns aimed at increasing transportation infrastructure investment. For each case, the studies dig into the politics, issues, media and major players involved in the effort. You’ll also find a summary 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.” If you would like to contribute information to this effort, please contact the TIAC staff.