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Despite gas prices, Mayor Daley says fuel tax should not be reduced

Saturday, May 19, 2007

As gasoline prices continue to get more expensive, Mayor Daley said cabdrivers do need help, but fuel taxes should not be reduced.

For the first time, prices in Chicago and across the nation set records every day this week and that continued Sautrday, with national prices up 3-cents to a record average of $3.16 per gallon of regular.

In chicago, where prices are among the nation's highest, prices rose a penny, to a record average of $3.55.

Daley said gasoline taxes pay for needed road repairs. He offered motorists this advice.

"We want more and more people to use public transportation," said Daley. "And maybe this is the year that people realize that -- I don't care where you go -- you need public transportation. You have people driving in-- one in a car-- that really, basically, clogs the expressways. They can only take so much."

Daley spoke in Millennium Park where he and his wife, Maggie, received honorary doctor's degrees from the School of the Art Institute.

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