Thursday, May 06, 2004

Quincy Herald-Whig: "Truck registrations in Illinois have plunged by nearly 17,000, or about 10 percent, in the past year, and a spokesman for the trucking industry says higher fees are costing the state money and jobs.
'We have been accused of crying wolf, but the numbers tell the story. Thousands of lost trucks mean lost jobs,' said Don Schaefer, executive vice president of the Mid-West Truckers Association Inc.
Rebecca Rausch, a spokesman for Gov. Rod Blagojevich, said most of those lost registrations do not represent lost jobs.
'We don't have any companies by name that have left the state of Illinois. We stand by these fees. Repealing them would take money out of health care, public education' and other priority programs, Rausch said. "

-- Why is it every time someone talks about reducing a fee or tax it will result in taking money out of health care, public education' and other priority programs? Is there nothing else the state could cut?

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