Blaming truckers for road woes is a load

Blaming truckers for road woes is a load

There are 24 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 3, 2010, titled Blaming truckers for road woes is a load. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

It's kind of hard at first to hear the truckers over the rumble of their diesels at Pioneer Plaza along U.S. 41 in Richfield.

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Since: Apr 08

Black River Falls, WI

#1 Apr 4, 2010
Fuel taxes should go to the ROADS. Politicians are like little children, they take the money and run.

Pass a constitutional amendment that all fuel and registration taxes go to the ROADS and not fuzzy projects.
tax politicians

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Apr 4, 2010
Good editorial. Time for the DOT and politicians to tell the truth up and down their organizations. Then fix the roads and bridges permanently, not temporarily.
Tammy

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Apr 4, 2010
Yeah lets blame the trucks AGAIN. If the politicians would have spent the road tax money on the roads this wouldn't be an issue.

Put the blame where it should be not on the trucks. This smells rotten but typical.
Think Again

Waunakee, WI

#4 Apr 4, 2010
tax politicians wrote:
Good editorial. Time for the DOT and politicians to tell the truth up and down their organizations. Then fix the roads and bridges permanently, not temporarily.
With about 75% of our nation's bridges being deficient are we safe driving anywhere?? When you see rust spots, or chunks broken out of a concrete bridge it is very likely that the bridge needs to be replaced. Still feel that the government is doing a good job and cares enough about you to keep you safe???
COMMENTS

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Apr 4, 2010
tax politicians wrote:
Good editorial. Time for the DOT and politicians to tell the truth up and down their organizations. Then fix the roads and bridges permanently, not temporarily.
I'll agree that it's an editorial; so why is it on the news page, not in the editorial section where it belongs?
mike

Albany, OR

#6 Apr 4, 2010
Wisconsin has a history of doing this. The State's 911 funding account has been raided for so many items outside of 911 equipment and services that the fund is now broke and agencies across the state have no ability to replace aging equipment.
In one case they used the funds to pay for a DNR
agency retirement party.

Messed up.
jerry person

Sparta, WI

#7 Apr 4, 2010
Every time fuel goes up a penny the economy slows. The economy and jobs in America count 99% on the price of fuel. America gets 65% of it`s fuel from Canada. remember canada is who has bankrupted America and stole the jobs. They also are the largest drug boarder. the Border patrol has you looking south as they allow Canada to bring in almost anything. To liberate America we must end all relations with canada. Who is over charging us for slugde crap oil.
Freedom Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Apr 4, 2010
Truckers? I don't think so. More likely Chris Coleman and his Public Works Department were responsible for that intersection. But, I have a solution! Why doesn't our Affirmative Action President fix it. He has a neat way of getting things for free. Just look at his Nobel Prize. Besodes, The Chinese don't really want their money.
Jeez

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Apr 4, 2010
Freedom Lover wrote:
Truckers? I don't think so. More likely Chris Coleman and his Public Works Department were responsible for that intersection. But, I have a solution! Why doesn't our Affirmative Action President fix it. He has a neat way of getting things for free. Just look at his Nobel Prize. Besodes, The Chinese don't really want their money.
That story was about Wisconsin. Try reading the story...
Wade Gustafson

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Apr 4, 2010
Freedom Lover wrote:
Truckers? I don't think so. More likely Chris Coleman and his Public Works Department were responsible for that intersection. But, I have a solution! Why doesn't our Affirmative Action President fix it. He has a neat way of getting things for free. Just look at his Nobel Prize. Besodes, The Chinese don't really want their money.
Since when are the mayor of St. Paul and the St. Paul Public Works Department responsible for the roads and bridges on Milwaukee?
Fact Found

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Apr 4, 2010
Wade Gustafson wrote:
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Since when are the mayor of St. Paul and the St. Paul Public Works Department responsible for the roads and bridges on Milwaukee?
How do you really know they're not? They seem to run both cities exactly the same-way, there has to be a link. Both cities are run right in to the ground. I would love to see these Truckers go on strike and shut this corrupted govern nation to her knees! American truckers have one of the hardest jobs in this Nation and they get the jab every time.
Wake up

Cottage Grove, MN

#12 Apr 5, 2010
"Blaming truckers for road woes is a load"

That's how the liberals roll......they're expert 'blamers'.
AnnDee

Green Bay, WI

#13 Apr 6, 2010
Wake up wrote:
"Blaming truckers for road woes is a load"
That's how the liberals roll......they're expert 'blamers'.
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Green Bay, WI

#14 Apr 6, 2010
Wake up wrote:
"Blaming truckers for road woes is a load"
That's how the liberals roll......they're expert 'blamers'.
http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/backgro...

Trucking: Background

The trucking industry encompasses trucking companies, truck rental companies and truck and trailer manufacturers. The industry along with the railroad industry -- is a central component of America’s transportation infrastructure.

Individuals and political action committees associated with the trucking industry contributed about $5.5 million to federal candidates during the 2008 campaign cycle, with about three-fourths of that amount going to Republicans.

The industry has been a solid supporter of the GOP for the last two decades, regularly giving more than 75 percent of its contributions to Republican candidates. The gap, however, dramatically tightened in 2009, when Democrats received 45 percent of contributions.

The trucking industry's two biggest campaign contributors during the 2008 election cycle were both trade associations.

The American Trucking Associations contributed $627,500 to federal candidates -- the vast majority of it PAC money with 64 percent going to Republicans. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association contributed $387,000 --$363,000 of which was PAC money – split this sum fairly evenly between the two parties. The third largest contributor was individuals associated with the Crete Carrier Corporation, who contributed $144,000 to federal candidates, nearly all Republicans.

The industry spent more that $8.7 million on federal lobbying in 2009, up from $7.6 million spent in 2008. The biggest spender on lobbying was the American Trucking Associations , which spent nearly $1.8 million in 2009. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association spent $1 million.

Issues of importance to the industry include taxes on fuel and gas mileage standards, as well as general transportation and highway policy. Other important issues for the industry are labor and safety regulations that, for example, limit the number of hours a trucker can be behind the wheel.

Steve Spires

Updated April 2010

Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit the Center for Responsive Politics.
AnnDee

Green Bay, WI

#15 Apr 6, 2010
They destroyed our healthcare is trucking industry next?
Think Again

Waunakee, WI

#16 Apr 6, 2010
AnnDee wrote:
<quoted text>
http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/backgro...
Trucking: Background
The trucking industry encompasses trucking companies, truck rental companies and truck and trailer manufacturers. The industry along with the railroad industry -- is a central component of America’s transportation infrastructure.
Individuals and political action committees associated with the trucking industry contributed about $5.5 million to federal candidates during the 2008 campaign cycle, with about three-fourths of that amount going to Republicans.
The industry has been a solid supporter of the GOP for the last two decades, regularly giving more than 75 percent of its contributions to Republican candidates. The gap, however, dramatically tightened in 2009, when Democrats received 45 percent of contributions.
The trucking industry's two biggest campaign contributors during the 2008 election cycle were both trade associations.
The American Trucking Associations contributed $627,500 to federal candidates -- the vast majority of it PAC money with 64 percent going to Republicans. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association contributed $387,000 --$363,000 of which was PAC money – split this sum fairly evenly between the two parties. The third largest contributor was individuals associated with the Crete Carrier Corporation, who contributed $144,000 to federal candidates, nearly all Republicans.
The industry spent more that $8.7 million on federal lobbying in 2009, up from $7.6 million spent in 2008. The biggest spender on lobbying was the American Trucking Associations , which spent nearly $1.8 million in 2009. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association spent $1 million.
Issues of importance to the industry include taxes on fuel and gas mileage standards, as well as general transportation and highway policy. Other important issues for the industry are labor and safety regulations that, for example, limit the number of hours a trucker can be behind the wheel.
Steve Spires
Updated April 2010
Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Amrican Trucking Industry, the largest make work project since the Hoover Dam!!!!!
PSD in WI

Milwaukee, WI

#17 Apr 7, 2010
The average big truck out there on the road pays about $26000.00 a year in taxes. Most of that money is then given to the railroads by the government because the R\R has not made an honest profit in over 100 years.(Talk about corp welfare!)
The American Trucking Association does not represent the average trucker or company,only the biggest companys.
OOIDA is paid for and run by real truckers and is the only real reps for them.
In fact the high taxes were set on trucks because the highway system was set up for them and the rapid deployment of the millitary by the congress under Pres Eisenhower.
The fact that cars were allowed on them was just an aftertought.
Later the government started to give the car drivers more rights and discriminating agenst trucks.
If the trucks ever did shut down it would take 2 weeks for this country to grind to a complete halt.
No food at the stores,no gas,no nothing.
Every thing you buy or have comes on a truck.
Think Again

Waunakee, WI

#18 Apr 7, 2010
PSD in WI wrote:
The average big truck out there on the road pays about $26000.00 a year in taxes. Most of that money is then given to the railroads by the government because the R\R has not made an honest profit in over 100 years.(Talk about corp welfare!)
The American Trucking Association does not represent the average trucker or company,only the biggest companys.
OOIDA is paid for and run by real truckers and is the only real reps for them.
In fact the high taxes were set on trucks because the highway system was set up for them and the rapid deployment of the millitary by the congress under Pres Eisenhower.
The fact that cars were allowed on them was just an aftertought.
Later the government started to give the car drivers more rights and discriminating agenst trucks.
If the trucks ever did shut down it would take 2 weeks for this country to grind to a complete halt.
No food at the stores,no gas,no nothing.
Every thing you buy or have comes on a truck.
The truck pays or we the consumer are getting FLEECED with this tax amount?? Trucks are an excellant example of American consumerism, they are the most expensive method of transportation available using up huge quantities of natural resources and are great sources of pollution. If the money wasted on the trucking industry would have been used instead to modernize our railway systems we, as American's, would once again have a positive balance of trade!!!
PSD in WI

Milwaukee, WI

#19 Apr 7, 2010
Think Again wrote:
<quoted text>The truck pays or we the consumer are getting FLEECED with this tax amount?? Trucks are an excellant example of American consumerism, they are the most expensive method of transportation available using up huge quantities of natural resources and are great sources of pollution. If the money wasted on the trucking industry would have been used instead to modernize our railway systems we, as American's, would once again have a positive balance of trade!!!
What the hell are you talking about? the majority of money paid in taxes by trucks went to the rail roads and they wasted it!
They are spending it on political groups like C.R.A.S.H and a bunch of anti trucking groups instead of getting their freight to the customer on time.
Allot of your foods cain't go on a train because it takes them so long to haul it ,it would all spoil.
If the tax money paid to the railroads for the last 100 years was put to to roads and bridges instead of the private dead beat railroad comanys,we would have the best roads in the world.
But our government waisted it on corporate greed.
You must be one of the over paid R|R minions
AnnDee

Green Bay, WI

#20 Apr 7, 2010
Think Again wrote:
<quoted text>The Amrican Trucking Industry, the largest make work project since the Hoover Dam!!!!!
We are assuming that the powers that be care about a healthy economy

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