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States Continue to Raise Gas Taxes While Congress Fails to Act

After Alabama became the first state to approve a gas tax increase in 2019, we asked how many states would follow its lead and raise new revenue for investments in state transportation infrastructure in 2019. So far, two additional states, Arkansas and Ohio, have raised...

States Open Highways to Truck Platooning Technology

Although the rise of autonomous vehicles has garnered more of the public’s attention, assisted and automated driving technologies will likely to emerge from commercial uses, such as trucking, before autonomous vehicles are widely available for consumer use. One...

Alabama First to Raise Gas Taxes in 2019: How Many States Will Follow?

Last week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) signed the “Rebuild Alabama Act” (AL HB 2) into law, which will increase the state’s fuel tax by 10-cents-per-gallon. Under the new law, once the increase is phased in over three years, the state’s gas tax will become indexed to...

Utah Lawmakers Give Green Light to Autonomous Vehicles

Lawmakers in Utah are eager to join the 20 states that currently allow testing or deploying autonomous vehicles on their public roads, including the neighboring states of Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and California. Utah’s legislation (UT HB 101)  passed through both...

2018 Election Results: Transportation & Infrastructure Ballot Measures

Supporters of increased funding for transportation infrastructure in the states had mixed results after last Tuesday’s statewide elections. The most high profile measure, an effort in California to roll back last year’s gas tax increase and impose a high hurdle to make...

2018 Election Review: Democrats Chip Away at Republican Domination in the States

Republicans have held historic control of state governments since the 2010 midterm elections. Now, eight years later, Democrats have begun to chip away at Republican domination in the states. Republicans gains in 2010 were particularly well-timed because state lawmakers...

2018 State Ballot Measures Preview: Transportation & Infrastructure

A perennial issue for state policymakers is how to properly fund aging transportation infrastructure. With inconsistent support from the federal government, states have taken the lead on raising funding themselves: Since 2012, 24 states have raised fuel taxes to invest...

Voters Make Oklahoma 30th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Yesterday, voters in Oklahoma approved a ballot measure (State Question 788) to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Oklahoma will become the 30th state to legalize medical marijuana, while nine states as well as Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use...

Vermont Governor First to Sign Recreational Marijuana Law
This afternoon, Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) became the first governor in the country to sign recreational marijuana legalization into law. Vermont is now the first state to pass recreational marijuana legalization via the legislative process, and the ninth state...
2017 State Policy Review: Health Care & Wellness

State lawmakers kept an eye on federal health care action in 2017, but they didn't remain idle as states face growing health care costs, an opioid crisis, and the growing popularity of marijuana legalization. This is the sixth post in a series reviewing the top state...

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