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Highway Safety Officials Disappointed in Senate Transportation Bill

Attribution to Lt. Colonel Jim Champagne, Chair, Governors Highway Safety Association(GHSA) The Senate Commerce Committee introduced legislation to reauthorize federal safety programs including state highway safety grant programs that address the behavior of drivers and other road users. GHSA members administer these programs. GHSA appreciates the Senate enacting a reauthorization bill but is largely disappointed by its contents. In particular, ... Read More »

‘SUV Loophole’ Ends With Passage of FSC/ETI Bill

When President Bush signed the American Jobs Creation Act (H.R. 4520) into law on October 22, 2004 the administration also enacted a change to the controversial sport utility vehicle (SUV) tax “loophole.” This tax provision permitted business owners to deduct up to $100,000 of the cost of an SUV if the vehicle was primarily used for business purposes. Under the ... Read More »

AAA Clubs of Minnesota Address Increasing Transportation Needs

Several broad-based governmental and business organizations are addressing our state’s long-range transportation needs and how to pay for them. AAA’s 650,000 Minnesota members, whose opinions are measured in annual surveys, are keenly interested in solutions. Based on our members’ feedback and relevant demographic studies, we believe the following points need to be considered. The population of the Twin Cities metro ... Read More »

Administration’s Words on Traffic Safety Don’t Match Actions

Statement of Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook* Last May, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta told lawmakers that a moral and economic obligation exists to immediately address transportation safety and that saving lives is an administration priority. Today, while in Paris celebrating World Health Day’s theme, “Road Safety is No Accident,” Mineta touted U.S. road safety, not mentioning that U.S. crashes claim ... Read More »

Texas Consumers Kept In Dark over Auto Loan Overcharges

AUSTIN, Texas – Two consumer groups today called on the Texas Legislature to repeal a unique law – passed under former Gov. George Bush – that blocks Texas consumers from recovering $6 billion in overcharges on car loans and allows dealers to keep kickbacks secret. The 1999 law allows auto dealers to pocket kickbacks from lenders in exchange for inflating ... Read More »