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Trucking Groups Resist New Mileage Tax Proposal to Fund Highways

Trucking Groups Resist New Mileage Tax Proposal to Fund Highways

Bloomberg Government
Posted February 25, 2020
By Shaun Courtney

The American Trucking Associations may have run its letter opposing a proposed mileage tax on truckers in Wyoming’s Casper Star-Tribune, but the message was aimed squarely at Washington.

Trucking-aligned groups are rallying opposition to a proposal by Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Finance Committee member John Cornyn (R-Texas) to help pay for a five-year, $287 billion highway bill (S. 2302) by taxing the number of miles driven by commercial truckers.

Trucking groups and the agricultural industry are fighting what the letter by American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear and Sheila Foertsch of the Wyoming Trucking Association called a “discriminatory tax on America’s truckers” that raises the specter of a government “tracking tax” that would monitor a driver’s every move and share the information with the Internal Revenue Service.

“It should come as no surprise to anybody that the Trucking Industry opposes attempts to fund infrastructure only on the backs of truckers and the farmers, families and businesses we serve,” Bill Sullivan, the trucking group’s executive vice president for advocacy, said in an email... FULL ARTICLE

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