in Wisconsin typically are 6 to 10 cents a gallon higher than the
national average, sending truckers out of state for their fuel purchases,
according to the Marshfield News-Herald.
Wisconsin's fuel tax puts the state's diesel fuel higher than U.S.
average prices, said Bob Bartlett, executive vice president of the
Petroleum Marketers Association of Wisconsin. At 31.1 cents per
gallon, Wisconsin's fuel tax is the second highest in the nation,
trailing only Pennsylvania, which has a 31.8-cent tax, Bartlett
pass the costs to consumers, said Michael Saramandich, safety director
for Sparhawk Trucking Inc. in Wisconsin Rapids. "When the fuel
prices go up, it affects everything," he said. "Are we
mad about it? You bet. We buy a lot of fuel out of state, as much
as we can. Fuel prices, when they go up, they really hurt us."
is a critical part of our business," said Bob Rader, executive
vice president of Roehl Transport in Marshfield. He said semi-tractors
get an average of six to seven miles a gallon. "So the cost
impact of rising fuel prices is three- to four-fold vs. a non-commercial
of high fuel costs and a slumping economy forced about 7,700 trucking
companies out of business in the nation from 2000 to 2001, the paper
reported. Another 2,500 to 3,500 are expected to close in 2002,
taxes are perplexing to some, because the state is closing many
waysides that were once used to give truckers a safe place to stop.
a little bit cheated," Saramandich said. "They're getting
more money, and they're providing less services. It's ridiculous."