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CONGRESS SHOULD HELP GET AMERICA MOVING, NOT TAX ANYTHING THAT MOVES, SAYS AAA

 WASHINGTON, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The 34-million-member American Automobile Association said today that a proposed transportation fuels tax is a penalty on productivity that would place an unfair burden on motorists, the traveling public and on the nation's tourism industry.
 "The goal is to get America moving, not to tax anything that moves," said Darryl Wyland, AAA senior vice president of Public and Government Relations.
 In a letter to members of the Senate Finance Committee, Wyland called on senators to reject the fuels tax proposal, advanced by Sen. John Breaux (D-La.)
 "The federal deficit is a national problem, not a transportation problem," said Wyland. "All sectors of the economy should expect to do their share to reduce the deficit -- transportation should not be singled out," he said.
 Wyland said a tax on transportation fuels amounts to a tax on mobility, on travel and tourism, and on jobs. "It would unfairly single out rural and suburban Americans who drive to work, to school, to buy food. It would burden senior citizens on fixed incomes. And it would hurt the travel industry just as it is poised for a recovery," Wyland wrote.
 Wyland said in survey after survey, Americans have rejected the notion that fuel taxes should be used for deficit reduction. He cited a recent survey conducted for AAA that found more than 70 percent of respondents were opposed to raising taxes on gasoline to balance the federal budget.
 A tax on transportation fuels would hit hardest those least able to pay, AAA said.
 "This tax would hit the worker who earns the least, who drives the longest distance in the oldest car," said Wyland. "The Breaux proposal says to these people that it is up to them to fix the nation's deficit problems."
 AAA is a not-for-profit federation of 139 motor clubs with more than 1,000 offices providing its 34 million members in the U.S. and Canada with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services.
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 /CONTACT: Dick Hebert, 202-942-2050, or Jerry Cheske, 407-444-8000, both of American Automobile Association/


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