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  • NJ A10
  • Revises "New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority Act"; establishes State Transportation Infrastructure Bank within NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust; renames NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill amends the "New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority Act of 1984" to make changes necessary to support the State's Capital Transportation Program for Fiscal Years 2017 through 2026. This bill will provide the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority (authority) with $15 billion in bonding authorization and authorizes $20 billion in State transportation capital program expenditures for a ten year period from Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 through Fiscal Year 2026. The bill allows for an average annual transportation capital program size of $2 billion per year, an increase from the $1.6 billion program amount in the previous capital program. The bill also anticipates the revenue necessary to finance an average of $500 million per year of "pay-as-you-go" funding, which is funding available for projects that do not rely on debt or non-State resources. In the previous four years, the amount of "pay-as-you-go" funding was less than $10 million per year. The bill provides that through Fiscal Year 2026, if the amount of revenue generated by the Petroleum Products Gross Receipts Tax in any year is greater than the amount of revenue generated in Fiscal Year 2018, then the capital program authorization shall be increased by an amount equivalent to that revenue difference. In addition, the bill requires that amount of additional revenue to be dedicated to projects expanding the mass transit system in this State. The bill dedicates all revenues from the Motor Fuels Tax and the Petroleum Products Gross Receipts Tax to the Transportation Trust Fund. This language mirrors the language proposed in Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 1 of 2015 that is scheduled to appear as a ballot question in the November 2016 general election, and would constitutionally dedicate these revenues in addition to the statutory dedication that is provided for in this bill. The bill requires the authority to create a website to provide active monitoring of authority projects to be reported at least monthly to the public as well as a single location for public documentation related to the project. The reporting requirements for the website require real time reporting of construction projects and any potential sources of delays or increased cost. The bill also incorporates bond premiums into the calculation of the authority's bonding cap, so that the bonding cap reflects the total amount of money generated by a bond issuance, rather than the par amount of bonds issued. This reflects the real amount of borrowing taking place in a bond issuance. The bill also creates a "Transportation Trust Fund Account Subaccount for Capital Reserves." This subaccount will hold excess revenues which are constitutionally dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund Account and will be deposited after making authority debt service payments payable in a given fiscal year, and after transferring to the "Special Transportation Fund" the annually appropriated amount of "pay-as-you-go" funding which is money appropriated for expenses of the State transportation capital program that does not derive from borrowing. Amounts placed into this fund are intended to ensure that the Transportation Trust Fund is sufficiently capitalized to support the funding needs of the State transportation capital program in the final years of the 10 year capital plan, and to improve the financial position of the authority by maintaining a capital reserve that can insulate the authority against any variability in the collection of revenues dedicated to the authority. The bill increases the amount of information that is required to be reported in the annual Transportation Capital Program to better reflect the information currently provided by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and to more closely reflect the information provided in the federally required State Transportation Improvement Program document. The bill converts the Financial Policy Review Board (board) into the Transportation Policy Review Board. The board is expanded to nine members, given expanded responsibilities to independently analyze and report on the cost effectiveness of spending in the transportation capital program, conduct and commission research on best practices in the areas of transportation and public transportation construction, planning, finance, and engineering, and to provide policy recommendations to the Legislature on the best ways to organize the capital program and appropriate capital program funds. The board is also to meet before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Assembly Budget Committee, Assembly Transportation, Public Works, and Independent Authorities Committee, and Senate Transportation Committee at least one time each year, and to perform research and provide policy recommendations to the Legislature as requested. The board is required to submit to the Governor and Legislature, no later than April 1, 2017, a report concerning the taxation of motor vehicles that are powered by a fuel source that is not subject to the Motor Fuel Tax Act or Petroleum Products Gross Receipts Tax Act, and is required to include a new system of taxation to ensure that all vehicles operating on the highways of this State contribute in an equitable fashion to the cost of maintaining the State transportation system. By April 1, 2017, the board is to provide the Legislature with recommendations on improving the coordination between DOT and the utility companies when utility facilities must be relocated to accommodate an infrastructure project. The new system is to minimize the cost of infrastructure projects and for the utility companies. The bill establishes the Annual Transportation Capital Program Approval Committee. The committee is to ensure that Legislative input is provided in the process of selecting transportation capital projects that are funded through the Transportation Trust Fund Account. The committee is to consist of the Commissioner of Transportation, and three public members appointed by the Governor upon the joint recommendation of the Senate President and the Speaker of the General Assembly; one from certain counties of northern New Jersey, one from certain counties of central New Jersey, and one from certain counties of southern New Jersey. Each member will serve a three year term. The committee is to issue a certification each year known as the Annual Transportation Capital Program Approval Certification, which all four members are required to approve, or the Legislature is prohibited from appropriating money to support new transportation projects for that fiscal year, until the certification has been approved. The bill requires an annual capital program appropriation of $25 million per year to support freight rail projects. The current capital program includes an $8 million appropriation for the State rail freight assistance program. This requirement represents a $17 million increase in freight rail projects over FY 2016. The bill also increases the size of the local aid program to $400 million per year and adjusts the allocation of funds in the program so that the Local Aid Infrastructure Fund is funded at seven percent of the total or $28 million per year, up from a proposed $7.5 million for FY 2017; the county aid program is funded at 37.5 percent of the total or $150 million per year, up from a proposed $78.75 million for FY 2017; the municipal aid program is funded at 37.5 percent of the total or $150 million with $10 million being sub-allocated to the municipal aid urban aid program, compared with $78.5 million program proposed for FY 2017 with $5 million being sub-allocated to the municipal aid urban aid program. The bill creates a "Local Bridges Fund" which mirrors the capital program line item for "Local Bridges, Future Needs" and provides 11 percent of total funding or $44 million per year, up from $25 million proposed for FY 2017. The bill also creates a "Local Freight Impact Fund" which is newly created and intended to assist counties and municipalities with the impacts on local transportation infrastructure associated with the State's freight industry which will be funded at seven percent of the total or $28 million per year. The bill allocates any amount above $7.5 million appropriated to the Local Aid Infrastructure Fund in FY 2017 to be deposited into the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank Fund. The bill renames the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust as the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank ("trust") and establishes a special non-lapsing, revolving fund in the trust to be known as the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank Fund, which is to replace the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank that previously resided as a subaccount of the Special Transportation Fund. The bill repeals the statutory language which created the existing State Transportation Infrastructure Bank. The bill makes various changes to existing statutes related to the trust in order to expand its mission from water and environmental infrastructure projects, to include transportation projects. This bill provides that the aggregates principal amount of bonds, notes or other obligations of the trust is not to exceed $3.8 billion for all purposes of the trust except the Disaster Relief Emergency Financing Program. The bill requires that funds and accounts of the trust be segregated in such a way as to prevent the mixing of transportation monies and water or environmental infrastructure monies. The bill creates an interim financing program for transportation projects similar the existing interim financing program for environmental projects and establishes a Department of Transportation Loan Origination Fee Fund within the trust. Establishment of the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank Program is required by federal law as a depository for federal transportation infrastructure bank monies. The federal program currently allows states to enter into agreements whereby monies in the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank are loaned or used to provide other financial assistance to public or private entities for the planning, acquisition, engineering, construction, reconstruction, repair, and rehabilitation of a transportation project or for any other purpose permitted under the federal program. The bill also establishes an account to be established within the fund that only receives State funds so that grants can be issued without violating the terms of the federal program. The program is to be administered by the trust with assistance from the DOT. The Commissioner of DOT is to become an ex-officio member of the board of directors for the trust, and the DOT is to be responsible for establishing the list of projects that the trust is to finance and the priority in which they are to be funded. The trust is also directed to collaborate with the DOT on the evaluation of potential transportation projects, fulfilling federal regulations regarding capital projects, coordinating with metropolitan planning organizations, ensuring that any projects obtaining assistance are consistent with the Statewide capital investment strategy, and advancing local, regional, and Statewide transportation objectives. The Legislature is to consider the full DOT project list through the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and Assembly Budget Committee before its inclusion in the annual appropriations act. The Legislature is to receive a copy of the transportation financial plan developed by the trust for the implementation of the financing of the DOT project list. The Legislature will have until June 30th to reject the transportation financial plan through a concurrent resolution. If the Legislature rejects the financial plan, the project list is removed from the budget and the trust is prohibited from financing any transportation projects in that fiscal year. If the transportation financial plan is not rejected by June 30th, it is considered approved by the Legislature. The State Transportation Infrastructure Bank Fund may be credited with State and federal funds appropriated to the fund, monetary donations made available to the State to support the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank Program, any monies received as repayment of the monies loaned or otherwise provided pursuant to the program, and interest earnings received on the monies in the fund, and other moneys the Legislature appropriates to the trust for deposit into the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank Fund to finance or refinance transportation loans issued from the fund.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2016, c.56.  (on 10/14/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
10/14/2016 A Approved P.L.2016, c.56.
10/7/2016 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (45-27-0)
10/7/2016 A Received in the Assembly, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
10/7/2016 S Passed by the Senate (23-14)
10/7/2016 S Substituted for S2412 (3R)
10/5/2016 S Senate Amendment (23-10) (Sarlo)
7/29/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
7/29/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (11:00 7/29/2016 Committee Room 4, 1st Floor)
6/30/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
6/27/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (54-22-0)
6/27/2016 A Emergency Resolution (61-14-0)
6/27/2016 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Vainieri Huttle)
6/23/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/23/2016 Assembly Budget Hearing (10:00 6/23/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
6/20/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Budget Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 10/7/2016 Senate Floor: Substitute For S2412 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 10/7/2016 Assembly Floor: Concur in Senate Amendments 45 27 8
Detail 10/7/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 23 14 3
Detail 10/5/2016 Senate Floor: Second Reading (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 10/5/2016 Senate Floor: Amend 23 10 7
Detail 7/29/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 8 3 2
Detail 6/28/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 54 22 4
Detail 6/28/2016 Assembly Floor: Enact Emergency Clause 61 14 5
Detail 6/23/2016 Assembly Budget Committee: Reported with Amendments 10 2 1