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Business Groups Denounce Toll Hike

Business Groups Denounce Toll Hike

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For Immediate Release: July 10, 2012Contact: (518) 458-9696
Toll Hike Leaves New York Anything but “Open for Business”
Twenty business groups have joined together to oppose the New York State ThruwayAuthority’s proposed 45% toll increase on commercial vehicles. The groups represent over13,000 companies of all sizes, ranging from farms and grocery stores, to fuel suppliers, lumbermills and manufacturers, who expect to see a significant negative impact on their business as aresult of the proposed toll increase.This toll increase is expected to have a drastic impact on agriculture and the foodsupply.“Many farmers will be paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars more per year justto get their food to market if these toll hikes are approved,” said Dean Norton, New York FarmBureau President. “Hard working farm families cannot easily absorb those rising transportationcosts, and neither can New York families who will see their grocery bills rise because of it.”“The Thruway Authority appears to have no regard for the impact their actions willhave on all consumers who rely on the goods delivered by truck,” said Brian Sampson,Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate. “Every time a truck toll is raised, it increases thecost to the consumer. Everything you use, consume or touch will cost more. This does not justhurt the trucking industry. It hurts every manufacturing business and every farmer. As a result,this new increased tax will be absorbed by every taxpayer in New York."Nearly 90% of New York’s communities rely exclusively on trucks to deliver theirgoods. Transportation costs factor into the price of any commodity.“Trucks are used in nearly every part of the manufacturing process,” said RandyWolken, President of MACNY- The Manufacturers Association and The ManufacturersAlliance of New York . “Raw materials are transported by truck, so the cost of manufacturingwill increase as the tolls on trucks increase. Consumers won’t just see their ‘shipping andhandling’ charges increase, they’ll see the cost of every product increase.”The Thruway Authority has proposed a 45% toll increase on commercial vehicles with3 axles or more, to support their 2012-15 capitol plan, which does not include the planned $5billion replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, spanning the Hudson River between Rocklandand Westchester counties. The Thruway Authority was unable to complete the projects in theirbudget with the revenue from toll hikes for their 2005-2011 capital program, leaving manyconcerned about the mismanagement of toll revenue.The Thruway Authority’s questionable financial decisions are well-documented. In2008, the New York State Comptroller found the authority’s planned (and subsequentlyimplemented) toll increases were not justified and that the authority needed to undertake a
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