Palin asks governor to veto port fees

Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2008

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate for vice president, urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto a fee on cargo containers going through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach aimed at raising money to cut pollution.

Palin's letter to Schwarzenegger is dated Aug. 28, one day before presidential candidate John McCain announced she was his running mate. Palin argues that the California and Alaska economies would suffer as a result of the fee.

The bill would create a $60 fee for each 40-foot cargo container moving through the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland, which together handle more than 40 percent of the nation's goods.

California environmentalists say Palin has no business getting involved in the issue.

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