At the state level, transportation funding is directed towards a variety of travel modes including highways/roads, public transit, rails, airports and water transit. In fiscal 2011, transportation comprised 7.6 percent of total state expenditures.  Over half of transportation expenditures are funded from earmarked revenues placed in special transportation funds, with federal funds and bonds also playing a large role. During the recent economic downturn transportation funding did not experience as many spending cutbacks as other areas of the budget, although concerns remain regarding funding future transportation needs.

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NASBO Publications

  • This report shows that state budgets are expected to continue on a path of stable, moderate growth, with 42 governors recommending spending increases for fiscal 2016. However, progress is slow, and structural issues and long-term spending pressures will require difficult budget choices for many states. States’ spending proposals continue to be cautious as they plan for limited revenue growth.
  • This report shows that state fiscal conditions are moderately improving in fiscal 2015 as the economic recovery enters its sixth year. Consistent annual growth in the economy, while not as robust as many would like, is leading most states back to budget growth. States have replenished some spending for areas cut back during the recession, such as K-12 education and higher education. In addition to bolstering state spending, economic growth has produced higher revenue collections.

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