NO. R-131.† JOINT RESOLUTION urging that the federal government thoroughly review and work to mitigate the economic impact of the recent rise in natural gas and gasoline prices.

(J.R.H.15)

Offered by:† Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Clark of Vergennes, Corcoran of Bennington, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Klein of East Montpelier, Larson of Burlington, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Molloy of Arlington, Partridge of Windham, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Rusten of Halifax, Shand of Weathersfield, Starr of Troy, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle and Wright of Burlington.

Whereas, recently, the price of gasoline has continued to soar to record high levels, and

Whereas, Vermont is a rural state with minimal public transportation, and thousands of individuals must drive their cars to work daily, many for extended distances, and

Whereas, the state of Vermontís economy is heavily reliant on automotive tourism and other recreation‑related expenditures, and

Whereas, snowmobiling, an increasingly important recreational activity in Vermont, is premised on the affordable availability of gasoline, and

Whereas, farmers, unlike tourists, are engaged in an occupational, not an optional, activity and are dependent on gasoline to operate tractors, combines, trucks, and other absolutely essential equipment, without which they could not perform their daily chores, and

Whereas, the added costs to all levels of Vermont government resulting from the increased gasoline costs will be considerable, and

Whereas, many other sectors of the Vermont economy are dependent on affordable gasoline prices, and

Whereas, the severe economic consequences for Vermont and the nation of sharply rising gasoline prices cannot be ignored on the national level, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly strongly urges the executive and legislative branches of the federal government to examine closely the impact of the gasoline price increases, and initiate actions that will mitigate the impact of the heating fuel and gasoline price rise, both on a short- and a long-term basis, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the President of the United States, U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, Speaker of the U.S. House, Dennis Hastert, U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative Tom DeLay, U.S. Senator Bill Frist, U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, and the members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.