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February 8, 2013

Governor's gas tax may cost trucking company $383,000 a year

WATSONTOWN — If gasoline prices were to increase by up to 30 cents a gallon — a possibility under a provision in Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget proposal — it would have a decidedly negative effect on his business, the general manager of Watsontown Trucking Co. said Wednesday.

“Diesel fuel is our number one expense,” Chris Patton said. “We have a fleet of 250 trucks and they’re mostly on the road at any one time. We buy about 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel a day. Raise the current price of $3.94 a gallon by 30 cents and we take a big hit. If we pass along that price to our clients, it will eventually trickle down to the consumer.

“This idea,” Patton said, “is not good for anyone.”

Under Corbett’s budget plan, Pennsylvania gasoline taxes would rise an average of about five cents a gallon a year annually over the next five years to pay for a $1.8 billion increase in transportation funding.

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