Just when you thought living in New York state couldn’t get more unaffordable, Albany lawmakers are proposing a bill that would cause gas prices to skyrocket.
Under a new bill introduced in the Senate, New Yorkers would be paying an estimated 55 cents per gallon more at the pump. And that’s not all—the proposal would also increase costs for those who heat their homes with propane, natural gas or fuel oil by 26 percent.
According to the Tax Foundation, New York currently has the 7th highest gas tax in the country, at 43.12 cents per gallon with California currently the highest at 62.47 cents per gallon. This legislation would raise New York’s tax to 98.12 cents per gallon, an increase of more than 127 percent, and would make New York’s gas tax more than 57 percent higher than any other state.
New Yorkers already are being crushed with some of the highest taxes in the nation and as a result, many people are picking up and leaving our state. This proposal will disproportionately impact Upstate New Yorkers who don’t have access to mass transit and rely on their own vehicles to get to and from work, school and virtually any other place they need to go. To even try and impose these tax increases during a time when so many are struggling and our fragile economy is trying to rebound is unconscionable and I will continue to do all I can to fight back against these disastrous proposals.
You can join my effort and tell Albany to pump the brakes on the gas tax by signing my petition.