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The proposed 45 percent toll hike for trucks on the New York State Thruway was ill conceived.

Hopefully, the state Thruway Authority is reconsidering the increase.

Business groups have criticized the Thruway Authority for the toll hike, which would hit not only the trucking industry’s bottom line but drive up the price of goods and services as well.

Mike Durant of the National Federation of Independent Business dubbed the proposal “probably the most ill-timed and insensitive idea I’ve seen come out of Albany in the last two years.”

Others have criticized the authority’s management practices. “It should not be up to the toll-payers and taxpayers to bail them out from years of mismanagement,” said Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate.

Besides running the Thruway, the authority also operates the state Canal System, which the agency says is due for maintenance that will cost $436.5 million over the next three years. The trucking industry should not be asked to shoulder that cost.

Large commercial trucks and other vehicles should bear costs commensurate with their use of the road. They should pay their fair share, but no more.

The 45 percent increase asked way too much of the trucking industry, whose costs would be passed on to other businesses and ultimately, the consumer.

The delay in implementing the hike may be a good sign that the agency has reconsidered its original proposal and is contemplating an alternate, more reasonable course.

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