state Rep. Camille “Bud” George is requesting aid for truckdrivers
and others relying on motor and heating fuel.
(D-Clearfield County) is seeking co-sponsors to legislation
that would enable the governor to suspend state taxes on
gasoline and diesel fuel to counter skyrocketing prices.
the measure, Gov. Edward Rendell could sign an executive
order suspending some or all of the state’s taxes on gasoline
and diesel when fuel prices have increased more than 50 percent
in a year or less.
from a Clearfield County trucker this week who said diesel
costs $1.94 a gallon, and he and many other truckers were
going to have to shut down their rigs and trucking companies
by the end of the week,” George, Democratic chairman of the
Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee,
said in a statement. “Diesel prices in the Central Atlantic
region, which includes Pennsylvania, hit an average of $1.80
a gallon on Monday.
the governor the flexibility to suspend state fuel taxes
on fuel and releasing heating oil in the Northeast – where
prices are the highest and supplies the tightest – would
help stabilize prices and ease the strain on our citizens
and small businessmen.”
this week, a resolution sponsored by George urging the U.S.
Congress and President Bush to release fuel from the Northeast
Heating Oil Reserve passed the state Senate. HR55 is headed
to Congress for consideration.
prices in the Mid-Atlantic are among the highest in the nation,
and trucking companies and independent owner-operators are
shutting down left and right,” George said. “Many of our
most vulnerable citizens also are facing empty fuel tanks
as their energy assistance funds are depleted.
help now,” he said.