Gas tax revenues serve as the primary funding source for states’ transportation projects. More fuel efficient vehicles, inflation and other factors have taken a toll on gas tax collections in recent years, though. In roughly two-thirds of states, total motor fuel tax revenues haven’t kept pace with inflation over the past 20 years.
Governing calculated inflation-adjusted fuel tax revenues using data reported to the Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections. Select your state below to view real gas tax revenues and how they’ve changed over time.
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According to a Governing analysis, two-thirds of states' fuel taxes have failed to keep up with inflation, forcing lawmakers to revisit the politically fraught issue of raising taxes.