February 20, 2009

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Legislation would prohibit the tolling of federal highways

DUBOIS PA – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Pa., announced that he has introduced legislation that would prohibit the tolling of federal highways, including Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania.  Thompson issued the following statement on the introduction of the Keeping America’s Freeway’s Free Act (KAFFA):

“The American people currently pay for our Interstates through gas taxes, the Highway Trust Fund, and apportionment taxes on trucks hauling goods. Tolling the Interstate Highway System would not only be a double tax on the American people, but a dangerous step toward slowing the economic growth of Pennsylvania and the entire country during these trying times.

“Tolls are taxes, plain and simple. As a Member of the House Small Business Committee, the last thing small business owners and hard working families along the I-80 corridor need is another tax when some are struggling to heat their homes and put gasoline in their tanks.

“As a State that continues to lose one Congressman every ten years because of population decline, and according to Forbes Magazine is one of the least friendly states in the union to conduct business, I find it troubling that the Commonwealth would continue to head down this path in a futile attempt to toll Interstate 80.

“The Federal Department of Transportation has rejected the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s (PTC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s I-80 tolling application on two separate occasions – one would hope they had finally got the message.  The Governor and Legislature need to go back to the drawing board with Act 44 and leave tolling I-80 out of the equation.


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