Transportation Governance and Finance: A 50-State Review of State Legislatures and DOTs

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Tranportation Publication CoverOn June 1, 2011, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Center for Excellence in Project Finance released the report Transportation Governance and Finance: A 50-State Review of State Legislatures and Departments of Transportation.

This authoritative analysis of state transportation governance and finance provides an overview of key issues, supplemented by detailed information for all fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The report focuses on transportation finance and on the roles and relationships between the branches of state government that are most active in transportation issues.

 See the press release from June 1, 2011.

 


Final Report for Download

DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT (230 pages)

Executive Summary (8 pages)
Synthesis (38 pages)
State Profiles (includes all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico) (125 pages)
Appendix A: NCSL-AASHTO Joint Project Oversight Committee Members (2 pages)
Appendix B: NCSL-AASHTO Survey Instruments (14 pages)
Appendix C: NCSL-AASHTO Survey Respondents (4 pages)
Appendix D: Appointments of DOT Leadership (14 pages)
Appendix E: Legislative Committees that Addressed Transportation Issues as of April 2011 (5 pages)
Selected Bibliography (4 pages)

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Archived Webinar from June 21, 2011

A free webinar about the findings in this report was offered by NCSL and AASHTO to interested transportation stakeholders and members of the media on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at 2 pm Eastern time (1 pm Central / 12 noon Mountain / 11 am Pacific).  The archived webinar recording and PowerPoint slides are available here.

 


Interactive Workshop Held at NCSL's 2011 Legislative Summit on August 9, 2011

This year, NCSL’s Legislative Summit attracted more than 4,800 legislators, legislative staffers, government officials and others interested in public policy. The agenda for this year's meeting in San Antonio included an interactive workshop about the NCSL-AASHTO report on transportation governance and finance.  In this workshop, attendees had the opportunity to actively engage with the report’s findings in small groups, sharing experiences and lessons learned with legislative colleagues from other states in light of the bigger picture. 

Session PowerPoint available online.


NCSL-AASHTO Project Overview

A large number of America’s roads and bridges are plagued by age and growing demand, but with many states facing budget shortfalls, their capacity to pay for needed maintenance and expansion is stretched thin. How each state meets these challenges is shaped by its distinctive approach to governing and paying for transportation systems.

Until now, however,  little has been known about how branches of state government and other governmental entities work together to provide safe, reliable, effective and efficient transportation networks.

From 2010 to 2011, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Center for Excellence in Project Finance at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) partnered to produce an unprecedented review of transportation governance and finance for all fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The report focuses on transportation finance and on the roles and relationships between the branches of state government that are most active in transportation issues.

The final report—which includes a detailed profile for every state, D.C. and Puerto Rico—is intended to benefit DOTs and legislatures by offering a rich diversity of approaches to govern, finance and ultimately deliver America's transportation system.  It offers a baseline of the current situation, while pointing to ways states can learn from each other.   Ideally, both legislatures and DOTs can use this information to enhance their organizations, processes, collaborations and outcomes—and thus effectively serve the public good within what are often complex intergovernmental arrangements.

 


NCSL-AASHTO Joint Project Oversight Committee

To contribute an informed, on-the-ground, state-level perspective, NCSL and AASHTO formed an oversight committee for this project. The NCSL-AASHTO Joint Project Oversight Committee (also known as the NCSL-AASHTO Task Force)— composed of members of the NCSL Transportation Standing Committee and the AASHTO Standing Committee on Finance and Administration, as well as eight advisory members—worked for more than a year to ensure the usefulness of this report. 

Co-Chairs

  • Joe Erskine, Deputy Secretary for Finance and Administration, Kansas Department of Transportation
  • Jennifer Jones, Assistant Director, Texas Sunset Advisory Commission

Members

  • Laura Baker, Director, Administrative Services, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
  • Representative Candace Bouchard, New Hampshire
  • Roberta Broeker, Chief Financial Officer, Missouri Department of Transportation
  • Eric Bugaile, Executive Director, Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee
  • Representative Yvonne Davis, Texas
  • Jessica Digiambattista, Legislative Analyst's Office, California Legislature
  • Ron Epstein, Chief Financial Officer, New York State Department of Transportation
  • Myron Frierson, Bureau Director for Finance and Administration, Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Representative Richard Geist, Pennsylvania
  • William Hamilton, Senior Analyst, Michigan House of Representatives
  • Leon Hank, Chief Administrative Officer, Michigan Department of Transportation (through January 2011)
  • Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, Washington
  • Alicia Johnson, Financial and Legislative Policy Analyst, Kansas Department of Transportation
  • Mark Krmpotic, Senate Fiscal Analyst, Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau
  • William J. Lawrence, Director for Program Finance, Utah Department of Transportation
  • Senator John J. Millner, Illinois
  • Beth Nachreiner, Federal Legislative Director and Chief, Federal-State Policy and Budget Analysis, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Jim Ofcarcik, Manager, Fiscal Analysis, Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Management, Illinois Department of Transportation; acting for Ann Schneider, Director of Finance and Administration
  • Representative Rosemary Sandlin, Massachusetts
  • Representative David A. Scribner, Connecticut
  • Kelly Simpson, Staff Coordinator and Counsel, Washington Senate Transportation Committee
  • Representative John Siptroth, Pennsylvania
  • Jeffrey L. Spalding, Director, Division of Multi-Modal Planning and Policy, Indiana Department of Transportation; previously of Indiana General Assembly (through November 2010)
  • Nancy Richardson, Director, Iowa Department of Transportation; also chair of AASHTO Standing Committee on Finance and Administration (SCOFA)
  • Marji Paslov Thomas, Principal Research Analyst, Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau
  • Dave Tolman, Administration Division Administrator, Idaho Transportation Department

Advisory Members

  • Eric Anderson, Chair, Transportation Finance Subcommittee, National Association of Regional Councils
  • Joe Dailey, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, Wyoming Division
  • Greg Dierkers, Program Director, Environment, Energy and Transportation, National Governors Association
  • DeLania Hardy, Executive Director, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
  • Joanna Liberman Turner, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. DOT
  • Lee Munnich, Director, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Julia Pulidindi, Senior Programs Associate, Infrastructure, National League of Cities
  • Cinde Weatherby, Director, Center for Strategic Transportation Solutions, Texas Transportation Institute

AASHTO Staff

  • Jack Basso
  • Wendy Franklin
  • Joung Lee
  • Bud McDonald

NCSL Staff

  • Nicholas Farber
  • Jaime Rall
  • Molly Ramsdell
  • Jim Reed
  • Alice Wheet

 Last updated August 2011