By Carolyn Kramer, manager, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center

As falling gas prices drastically decrease local transportation revenue, Virginia local governments and agencies are proposing a ‘floor’ for the state’s regional gas tax. The state’s motor fuel tax already has a threshold in place that has prevented gas tax revenue from dramatically declining if the average wholesale price of gasoline drops below $3.11. More

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South Carolina state Sen. Tom Davis (R), who filibustered an attempt to pass a state gas tax increase in 2015, said Jan. 12 he would not block a bill this year. The lawmaker said the legislature is more willing to compromise in order to pass a transportation revenue increase this session, though several factors—including an election year and a budget surplus—may present obstacles. More

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) on Jan. 12 unveiled a $10 billion list of transportation projects that are the result of increased revenue approved by the legislature in House Bill 170 (2015). According to the Georgia Department of Transportation website that tracks investment from HB 170, the 10-year plan doubles bridge funding and routine maintenance and quadruples roadway resurfacing funding. More

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After a statewide campaign for increased transportation funding in 2015, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam ( R) on Jan. 14 said that he would not pursue a motor fuel tax increase during the 2016 legislative session, but he added that raising the state gas tax would likely be considered in the future. More

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s (R) $1 billion transportation funding plan was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on Jan. 12, a day after House Republicans released a competing proposal to generate between $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion per year. The House Democrat proposal is being considered by the House Committee on Roads and Transportation. More

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The New Jersey legislature on Jan. 11 overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure proposal to amend the state’s constitution to dedicate all motor fuel tax revenue—including the additional petroleum products gross receipts tax—to transportation infrastructure construction and maintenance. New Jersey voters will decide on the measure in the Nov. 8 general election. More