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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  • Highlights include:- In fiscal 2015, total state spending increased at its fastest rate since 1992, primarily due to growth in federal Medicaid funds resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).- Spending from states’ own funds moderately grew in fiscal 2015, while federal funds to states rapidly increased due to the ACA.- Medicaid represented over half of all federal funds to states in fiscal 2015.- State revenue growth accelerated in fiscal 2015, although it was hampered somewhat by the decline in oil prices.
  • 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.

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