July 2014

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16 | Overdrive | July 2014 Logbook WINTER 2014 0˚F CRITICAL LOAD From 0˚ F to 96˚ F in .16gph 66% reduction in PM emissions 29% reduction in CO Fuel savings of .84 gph on every start* Full equipment readiness in the coldest climates Full equipment readiness in the coldest climates D5 Espar Heaters: They Just Make Sense www.espar.com (800) 387- 4800 * PRE-HEAT IDLE FREE TROUBLE FREE 0˚F 100˚F Field Test Data - Fairbanks, Alaska, February 2013. Hydronic D5 Heater Running Time/Pre-Heat minutes 60 minutes. Tests conducted by AJ Engineering Corp. Engine: Troy, MI. 7.6 L / 466 cu. in. *Based on a $4 gallon. Untitled-41 1 5/27/14 8:29 AM Text INFO to 205-289-3555 or visit www.ovdinfo.com Senators propose fuel tax hike A Southern Republican and a New England Democrat say they're tired of short-term patches for the federal transportation system and the unwillingness of Congress to find a solution for the depleted Highway Trust Fund, so they're pursuing a substantial increase in the tax on gas and diesel. The proposal by Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Chris Mur- phy of Connecticut would raise the fuel tax 6 cents a year over two years, then index the tax to inflation. The federal fuel tax has not been raised since 1993, and since then the revenue it generates has lost nearly half its buying power. To offset the revenue raised from increasing the fuel tax, Murphy and Corker propose providing net tax relief for American families and busi- nesses. An example would be extending some of the tax provisions in the "tax extend- ers" bill that already have broad bipartisan support, creating potentially billions of dollars in permanent tax relief over the next 10 years alone, the sena- tors suggest. A number of business, labor and construction groups already have lined up in support of the Murphy-Corker proposal. American Trucking Associa- tions officials praised the plan because it preserves the "user pays" principle. The Alliance for Toll-Free In- terstates credited Murphy and Corker for proposing a trans- portation funding solution that does not include tolling existing interstates. NATSO, the nation- al association representing truck stops and travel plazas, also applauded the proposal. Some conservative political groups, however, have come out against the plan. "This is a $164 billion dollar tax increase, plain and simple," said Club for Growth President Chris Choco- la. "Rather than perpetuate this failed system, Congress should devolve highway funding to the states and let them fund their own infrastructure needs." –Kevin Jones Logbook_0714.indd 16 6/26/14 9:37 PM

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