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ATA'S DONOHUE ISSUES STATEMENT ON PROPOSED TRANSPORTATION FUELS TAX

 WASHINGTON, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- American Trucking Associations (ATA) President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today released the following statement on the trucking industry's position on the proposed transportation fuels tax:
 First, we believe federal spending can and should be cut before any new taxes are added. But if an energy tax is deemed necessary, it should be broad based, meaning it should be spread fairly among all sources and users of energy.
 A transportation fuels tax would be regressive and fall unfairly on the trucking industry. In fact, it would be even more unfair to trucking than the BTU tax, because trucking would account for 20 percent of the total revenue compared to 10 percent under BTU. Trucking did not cause the federal budget deficit; it is unfair to stick trucking with the bill.
 The trucking industry is not a discretionary user of fuel. We are the conveyor belt that links factories to raw materials, to distribution centers and to the stores in your neighborhood. Diesel fuel is a part of America's production process, and inflating its price will hurt U.S. competitiveness in world trade and cost thousands of American jobs.
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 /CONTACT: John Doyle, ATA director of media relations, 703-838-1912/


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