Gas Tax Increase

The state gas tax increase, including the new two-cent per gallon increase effective July 1, has already been put to work for South Carolinians. In addition to $1.3 billion in road and bridge work under contract now, the new gas tax increase is making possible an additional 661 mi.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called for a 45-cent increase in the state's fuel tax to occur in three phases over a 12-month period, an effort she said in a statement March 5 that should generate $2.5 billion in fresh transportation funding. "I've heard from people all across Michigan, and this budget reflects the priorities they have shared," Whitmer said.

A Sunday deadline passed with the Ohio Legislature and Senate failing to reach a deal on Gov. Mike DeWine's proposal for a gasoline tax increase. Negotiations between the state House and Senate broke down March 29 and were adjourned until April 1, ensuring that the deadline of March 29 would not be met and the proposed tax increase would not take effect by July 1, as the governor wanted.

Construction Partners Inc. , a civil infrastructure company specializing in the construction and maintenance of roadways across five southeastern states, issued a statement March 14 following the enactment earlier in the week of the Rebuild Alabama Act, which provides for an increase in Alabama's gas tax to be used for transportation infrastructure projects.

Voters in 12 states re-elected 93 percent of 530 state lawmakers who supported a gas tax increase between 2015 and 2018 and ran for re-election in 2018. Winning state lawmakers in Nov. 6 races included 92 percent of Republicans, and 94 percent of Democrats, according to a new analysis from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC).

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (AP) California's campaign watchdog said it is investigating whether a campaign to preserve the state's recent gas tax hike violated finance rules. The Fair Political Practices Commission will look into a complaint filed by the opposing campaign that alleges state employees distributed flyers urging voters to keep the tax increase in place.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Alabama drivers will see a 10-cent per gallon increase in the state gas tax to fund road and bridge construction under legislation signed into law March 12 by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. Calling it a historic day for the state of Alabama, Ivey signed the bill and related measures into law shortly after they won final approval in the Alabama Legislature.

Caltrans is ready to hire a slew of workers to support $5 billion worth of road repairs. While California's gas tax increase, which is meant to bring in revenue for road repairs, won't go into effect until November, Caltrans has begun looking for more than 1,000 workers now, CBS reported.

A new analysis of eight states that passed legislation to increase their state motor fuel taxes in 2015 to pay for important new transportation improvements shows that 98 percent of Republican and Democratic lawmakers who supported the bill won their primary races in 2016.