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Road Usage Charge Programs (19-14)

Fiscal Policy & Taxes
State Revenue & Budget
Transportation & Motor Vehicles

Transportation infrastructure in the United States is primarily funded through motor fuel (gas) taxes. Facing declining future revenues and increased construction costs, some states have begun to experiment with a new way of funding transportation: the road usage charge.  This issue brief provides background information on road usage charges, along with information on road usage charge programs in Colorado and other states, and highlights trends and future policy considerations.

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details