BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., recently visited Binghamton, New York, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores location to learn about the role that travel plazas play in local economies as well as to discuss issues of importance to the truck stop and travel plaza industry, officials at NATSO reported in a news release.
Brindisi for visiting its Binghamton, N.Y., location to learn about the critical role that travel plazas play in local economies as well as to discuss issues of importance to the truck stop and travel plaza industry, NATSO officials said.
During the visit, Brindisi, representing New York’s 22nd District in which Binghamton is located, spent time behind the counter interacting with store employees, serving customers and meeting constituents. He also toured the location to learn more about how the fuel retailer operates.
Love’s officials expressed appreciation for the lawmakers visit.
“We appreciate that Rep. Brindisi took time to visit our location and meet with our customers and our employees to learn more about the fuel retailing industry and how we serve both the local community and the nation’s professional truck drivers,” said Love’s Manager of Government Affairs Tom Kirby. “Rep. Brindisi was able to see first-hand our commitment to the communities in which we operate.”
Kirby said Love’s officials were particularly pleased that the lawmaker exhibited a real understanding of how federal policy directly affects the daily operations of our business, our employees and our customers.”
During the visit, Love’s officials emphasized the vital role that travel stops play in helping people and goods move throughout our country.
In addition, Kirby said the travel center industry serves local communities, including playing an important role in providing access to healthy food options for beneficiaries of the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Discussion during Brindisi’s visit also included the high interchange fees that travel stops must pay every time a customer swipes a credit or debit card as well as the need for Congress to extend the Biodiesel Tax Credit.
The biodiesel tax credit allows fuel retailers to sell cleaner-burning biodiesel at a price that is cost competitive with diesel, thereby lowering prices at the pump and encouraging the use of more environmentally friendly fuels.
NATSO is the professional trade association representing America’s travel plaza and truckstop industry and serves as the voice in Washington for off-highway fuel retailers.
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores owns and operated a travel stop network with more than 490 locations in 41 states.
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