Highway funding going federal

February 11, 2020

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Land Line Now, Feb. 11, 2020.

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Highway funding in the president’s budget plan goes back to a more traditional scheme to pay for transportation – one that works far better for truckers.

highway funding Congestion pricing leaves truckers footing the bill


I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

Truckers could be caught in the cross-fire as the president battles New York state; Rhode Island may increase truck-only tolls; and what not to do in the cab of your truck – it’s today in trucking news.


II. Maintenance – it’s a must-do

Preventive maintenance is a necessary process to keep your truck on the road. We’ll have some advice.


III. State fuel tax efforts fall short

Two state efforts to raise fuel taxes to pay for road work have failed. We’ll discuss what they wanted to do and why they didn’t succeed.


IV. Highway funding goes back to tradition

Highway funding in the president’s new budget proposal continues many things – including numerous program from the previous highway bill and a controversial truck study. However, it also makes a big change from his previous proposals, in terms of how to pay for it all.


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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information

  • OOIDA will conduct a round table discussion for members on current issues at the Mid-America Trucking Show. It will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26, in room C-104 of the Kentucky Expo Center. The event is open only to members of OOIDA.
  • Rhode Island is proposing doubling the rates at one of its new truck-only toll gantries. The comment period is open until March 1. You can file comments by mail at: Jay McGinn, P.E. Project Manager II, RIDOT, 2 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02903, or e-mail them to: BridgeRepairTolls@dot.ri.gov
  • Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the Petro truck stop in El Paso, Texas. That’s at Exit 37 on Interstate 10. Stop in, say hi to Jon, and join OOIDA for a $10 discount. Find the upcoming Spirit stops here.
  • You can find more on truck repair and maintenance from TA Petro, here. If you have questions for Kevin Lindsey and Jerry Bodkins of TA Petro, email them at AskTATruckService@ta-petro.com.
  • Read up on state legislation at our News by State page.
  • Find more detailed information from our Bulletin Board.
  • It’s never too late to share your views with lawmakers. You can do that on the Fighting for Truckers website, or by calling 202-224-3121.
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