State legislatures are a key partner in the provision of the transportation systems and services that drive metro area regions and their economies. State governments and their local government partners are responsible for nearly three-quarters of total U.S. expenditures on transportation, and that share has been increasing over time.
On Monday, July 11, Brookings Metro hosted an event exploring the future of U.S. transportation policy through a state-level lens. Speakers highlighted findings from a recent University of Texas study surfacing how lawmakers are framing the prospects for state-level policy innovation, particularly with respect to transportation funding and energy transition. A panel of state legislators followed, discussing their priorities, strategies for aligning key stakeholders, and how new federal funding is affecting legislative agenda-setting.