Tolls, truck-only taxes and worse – what states do when feds don’t

June 14, 2021


Land Line Now, June 14, 2021.

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Rhode Island tolls bridges, Connecticut taxes truckers, and more – cash-starved states experiment while Congress dawdles on highway funding.

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I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

The Biden administration unveils its regulatory agenda. Truck stops are changing their mask policies. And the man who jumped in a lake…again and again and again

II. Oil analysis and your truck

When you go to the doctor and they take your blood, it’s for good reason. Your blood can say a lot about your health – and the same logic applies to your truck, which is why oil analysis is also important.

III. Land Line Magazine Preview

Land Line Magazine Managing Editor Jami Jones discusses how a lawmaker used the magazine to make an important point during a recent Congressional hearing – as well as how you can use it in the same way.

IV. New state tolls, taxes? Chalk it up to federal inaction

If you see more tolls or attempts to tax trucks only, it’s likely your state reacting to federal inaction. For years, Congress has put off an important decision – how to fund highways in the future as fuel tax revenue declines. And that has pushed states to do some potentially problematic things.

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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information

  • Starting Tuesday, Marty Ellis and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be at the Petro in Dodge City, Ala. That’s at Exit 299 off Interstate 65. You can find upcoming Spirit stops here.
  • If you’re a trucker not receiving Land Line Magazine and you’d like to, you can sign up here. It’s free!
  • 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.
  • OOIDA has an online resource to provide access to information needed to operate in the coronavirus pandemic. Click on the COVID-19 menu at the top of the page on the Land Line Media website.
  • It’s helpful for our members to keep us apprised of conditions on the roads and any problems they encounter. If you have situations to report call OOIDA at 816-229-5791 or email Questions@OOIDA.com.


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