Local truckers turn to MWW to counter huge hikes in tolls

WASHINGTON: The American Trucking Association (ATA) has turned to MWW for help in repealing a massive hike in tolls on bridges linking New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

WASHINGTON: The American Trucking Association (ATA) has turned to MWW for help in repealing a massive hike in tolls on bridges linking New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The 300% hike was approved under previous administrations in both states. According to the ATA, the increased cost will discourage manufacturers from hiring truckers to move their goods along that route.

The open-ended account - estimated to be in the low six figures - covers lobbying, coalition-building, and media outreach. MWW plans to partner with local businesses and commuter groups to help pressure the governors' offices in both states.

"It's certainly tough budget times in all states, especially Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but the short-term benefit of these increases will hinder their economies long term," said MWW principal Robert Sommer. "We're trying to create a message to the governors of both states that they have a chance to reverse what previous administrations had done."

With more than 37,000 members, the ATA is the largest trade group representing the trucking industry in America. This campaign marks the first time NJ-based MWW and the ATA have worked together.

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