BOWIE, Md. — As I look to the 60-day mark of my presidency of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), I am excited about the next 10 months and what we as a group can accomplish.
One of the first major initiatives TIA took on this year was the Federal Lobby Day, held Feb. 5 in Washington, D.C. Allow me the opportunity to give you a short recap of the reasoning behind Federal Lobby Day and why we supported it.
Last fall, the U.S. Congress voted to extend the Highway Transportation Bill — but approved this bill with no financing. So, if financing isn’t approved in this first session of Congress, the highway and transportation network will be without funds.
It is an agreeable statement that Congress must pass funding for the Highway bill, but what areas of our country and industry will this funding affect?
Our insiders in the Capitol arena have been advised that several of the options outlined below to finance the bill will affect our industry greatly.
Funding proposals under consideration include:
- Raise the federal excise tax (FET) on truck tires by up to 10 percent;
- Establish FET on consumer tires by up to 10 percent;
- Begin FET on truck parts by up to 10 percent'
- Establish a tax on retread rubber by up to 15 cents per pound;
- Raise the fuel tax by $2 a gallon.
We must speak up for the tire industry on this issue. We cannot afford to take on this burden — not as business owners, tire dealers or the motoring public.
Federal Lobby Day was a partnership of TIA and other transportation-related associations. Its goal — which continues to draw our energy and efforts — is to have a voice where it counts, to speak up for the industry and say NO to more tax increases.
I encourage you to write your senators and congressmen/women and tell them about your business and how action Congress is considering about the transportation bill would be detrimental to your success and to the motoring public.
I will keep you updated on our progress on this issue in future blogs. I assure you that TIA will be diligent in keeping a watch on these issues.
Freda Pratt-Boyer is president of the Tire Industry Association as well as senior auditor at Purcell Tire & Rubber Co.
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