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MultiState's 2017 State Policy Review & 2018 Preview
This is an updated compilation of six separate posts the MultiState team has published over the past month reviewing the top state issues of 2017 and previewing what's ahead in 2018.

Budgets

At the start of 2017, MultiState found that 31 states were facing budget...
Twenty-Five States Face Revenue Shortfalls in 2018

Twenty-five states are currently facing a revenue shortfall, which is a marked improvement over our report from last year, when 31 states were in deficit. New additions to this year's list include Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, and New Jersey. Colorado,...

2017 State Policy Review: Transportation & Infrastructure
This was a productive year for states making investments in their transportation infrastructure. While the Trump Administration has so far failed to deliver on promised infrastructure funding, 24 states have raised fuel taxes to invest in roads and bridges since 2012....
Seven States Pass Major Gas Tax Increases in 2017
Non-election years are a popular time to raise new revenue for transportation infrastructure investments. This year has continued that trend as seven states — California, Indiana, Montana, Tennessee, South Carolina, Oregon, and West Virginia — have passed substantial...
Louisiana Voters Approve Tax & Transportation Amendments

Louisiana voters approved three constitutional amendments over the weekend on property taxes and transportation projects. Overall, the Louisiana Constitution has now been amended 189 times since 1974. As expected, the turnout was very low, despite primary races for...

States Charge Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Owners for Share of Road Costs

States are still struggling to scrounge up the money to fully fund transportation infrastructure investment, which is why 22 states have raised state fuel taxes since 2012. But most transportation policy experts and state lawmakers say that relying on gas tax revenues to...

States Clear Path for Truck Platooning: First Step to Fully Autonomous Vehicles
The debate over autonomous vehicles (AVs) is no longer about if, but when they'll become ubiquitous. But before AVs take over city streets, the first real-world application of a low-level autonomous technology is already developing in the commercial sector of...
Five States Pass Major Gas Tax Increases
Non-election years are a popular time to raise new revenue for transportation infrastructure investments. This year has continued that trend as five states so far — California, Indiana, Montana, Tennessee, and South Carolina — have passed substantial road funding...
Indiana Passes 10-Cents-Per-Gallon Gas Tax Increase
Very early on Saturday morning, the Indiana General Assembly passed a long-awaited transportation funding bill ( IN HB 1002) that is expected to raise an additional $6.4 billion over the next seven years to build and maintain the state's roads and bridges. The...
California Passes 12-Cents-Per-Gallon Gas Tax Increase
California Governor Jerry Brown (D) is taking credit for getting a huge transportation funding package — $52.4 billion over ten years — through the legislature. Citing 23 years without a gas tax increase, Brown had failed to pass a major transportation funding measure...

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