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Daily Journal
     November 15, 2019      #97-319 KDJ
 

Scott Reeder: Gas tax takes toll on small

By Scott Reeder

ROCK ISLAND – A few days ago, I pulled into Walt’s Service Station in Rock Island, and as the manager filled my gas tank, I asked, “How’s business?”

Joe Schaecher glanced across the street at a competitor’s station and said, “I’m not losing business to that guy. But I sure am to Iowa since the governor raised the gas tax.”

Walt’s is a mom and pop enterprise that has been owned by the same family since 1962. It’s the sort of place where gas jockeys still fill customer’s tanks and where you can schedule an oil ...

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