Will you earn more in 2007 than you did in 2006?

JOE SMITH
Eufaula, Ala.
Landstar Systems
“Yes, because I’m doing a dedicated run now, and I wasn’t last year.”

TRENTON ARNESON
Racine, Wis.
Jensen & Nulph Transport
“I hope so. I wasn’t driving a truck last year. I was injured and on workman’s compensation.”

DONNIE WATTS
Cambridge City, Ind.
Fraley & Schilling
“I probably will because I’m an owner-operator now. I just bought a 2003 Freightliner Columbia.”

MICHAEL KITCHINS
Vicksburg, Miss.
Woodfield
“If the Democrats come into power, it’s going to be less because they are going to raise taxes.”

WILLIAM RUDD
Albany, Ga.
Universal Am-Can
“No. It’s getting worse. I have five trucks on the road, and I’m broke every day.”

JUDY NOAH
Bellingham, Wash.
Werner Enterprises
“No. Prices on fuel, tires and parts are going up, and they’re keeping wages down.”

RUSS ABBOTT
Bloomingdale, Mich.
Mercer Transportation
“Yes. I’m doing a lot of long-term maintenance repairs on my truck now, so the bottom line should be better.”

TAYLOR ARTHURS
Nashville
Central Refrigerated Service
“I’m an owner-operator, so it depends on the fuel costs. I lost a lot of money this year due to fuel costs, around $700 to $800 a month since January.”

JASON VARNUM
Hoover, Ala.
Prime
“Yes, because I just bought my own truck, a 2007 Freightliner Century Class.”

NORMAN BRAKE
Rock Hill, S.C.
Unique Express
“No, because prices are going up on things like meals at truck stops. You make more, but you spend more.”

MILLER NICKERSON
Windsor, Maine
Independent contractor
“I will if fuel prices stay the same. I own six trucks and made about $250,000 in profit on all six last year.”

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