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AAA MICHIGAN OPPOSES GAS TAX

 DEARBORN, Mich., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Automobile Club of Michigan said today (June 18) it is opposed to any federal deficit reduction tax which targets motorists and not all energy users.
 "Because of our strong interest in restoring the health of both the national and state economies, we are not opposed to an equitable gas tax as part of a broad-based plan to reduce the federal deficit. The current Senate gas tax hike proposal, however, is not equitable and we oppose it," said Lawrence Givens, AAA Michigan vice president Corporate Relations. "It is unfair because it targets motorists and not all energy users."
 He added that the transportation fuel tax is a penalty on productivity that would place an unfair burden on motorists, the traveling public and Michigan's tourism industry.
 Auto Club member responses to a recent survey in Michigan Living magazine showed 70 percent generally oppose diversion of gas tax dollars for non-highway purposes.
 "We represent Michigan motorists when we say the federal deficit is a national problem and government should not single out transportation to deal with it while ignoring other energy users who are protected by vested interests," said Givens. "The motoring public is too often asked by our government to bear the costs of solving non-motoring issues."
 Givens said a gas tax on motorists would negatively impact Michigan residents in rural and suburban areas, who drive to work or school. It would burden senior citizens on fixed incomes and it would hurt Michigan's travel and tourism industry.
 AAA Michigan is the third largest auto club in the nation affiliated with the American Automobile Association (AAA). The Auto Club is a non- profit corporation which provides safety, travel, recreational, insurance and financial services to its 1.5 million members statewide.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Freel of AAA Michigan, 313-336-1512/


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