The states that successfully raised revenue since 2012
Below these maps are the details on the successfully enacted legislative plans that raised revenues at the state level from 2012 to the present. Plans that merely move money around, authorize a general fund transfer, or increase bonding authority are generally not included here — this only charts new revenue for transportation, not spending. Note: states have varying schedules for their legislative sessions. *This list does not include states that passed bills enabling certain localities to raise their own revenues for transportation. For more info on these states that have passed “enabling legislation” see this short primer on enabling legislation that includes a map, from our Measuring Up package.
States listed alphabetically below
Enacted – Constitutional amendment passed by legislature (HJR 1001) in 2011; passed by voters in November 2012.
The state can issue $1.3 billion in new general obligation bonds, mostly for a 4-lane state highway network. A portion of these revenues will be given to city and county governments to repair rural and local roads. The voters approved an increase in the statewide sales tax (half a penny) to repay the bonding. Bonds must be repaid in 10 years at which time the sales tax is rescinded. Intended for roads, and specifically a four-lane state highway network.
SB 1 – Approved 4/7/2017
Increase in gasoline taxes and vehicles fees
SB 1 will raise $52 billion in new transportation revenue by raising the gasoline tax — unchanged in 23 years — by 12 cents (to 30 cents per gallon), increasing diesel taxes by 20 cents (to 36 cents per gallon) and creating a new annual fee on almost all vehicles based on value. It directs $7.5 billion to transit capital and operations, $1 billion into the state’s Active Transportation Fund and reserves $4 billion expressly for bridge repair. Read more details about what’s in the law in our blog post.
Enacted — Increase in tolls
Tolls on State Route 1 were raised by $1 on weekends, which will generate $20 million annually. The new funds will avoid cuts for the Community Transportation Fund which pay for local transportation projects, and will help raise revenue for road maintenance. Intended for state highways, road maintenance.
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HB 140 — Enacted 7/1/15
The bill will generate $23.9 million annually by increasing several vehicle and license fees, including a 0.5-percentage-point increase in the vehicle sales tax. DelDOT leadership has indicated the agency will focus these new funds on road repair and maintenance.
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Enacted – HB 7175 was enacted in 2014
This broad transportation package includes new revenue from leasing right-of-way for cell phone towers near state roads and advertisements on state nature and recreational trails. It also calls for more toll roads. Intended for roads, and an increase of maintenance revenue. (Ch. 2014-223, L.O.F of HB 7175)
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