Truckers rally around the Capitol


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Pennsylvania's truck drivers are urging lawmakers in Harrisburg to cut state taxes on fuel.

More than 100 truckers and others rallied on the steps of the Capitol on Monday as some drivers circled the block in the truck cabs and honked their horns.

Protest organizer Mark Kirsch says truckers are getting squeezed by high diesel fuel costs, while consumers are also seeing higher prices at the pump and in their home heating bills. Kirsch is an independent truck driver from Myerstown in Lebanon County.

Fuel taxes in Pennsylvania amount to 32 cents a gallon for gasoline and 38 cents a gallon for diesel.

State Transportation Department spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick says the state needs the revenue from those taxes to repair roads and bridges.

The convoy gathered at The Gables Truck Stop on Interstate 81 in West Hanover Township at 8 a.m. and then proceeded to downtown Harrisburg arriving at the Capitol Complex using the State Street Bridge.
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