New York Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt is fighting to lower the tax burden on travelers in the Empire State. Here’s what she had to say in a column for the Hudson Valley Press:
As gas prices rose unexpectedly in years past, several counties throughout the state cut the county share of the gas tax. This did not hurt revenues for the counties because the taxes received were already more than expected, but it was a great help to drivers. I once again will implore county governments and the state to do the same.
To add insult to injury, the governor has proposed a new structure for collecting taxes from the sale of gasoline, which he projects will bring the state an additional $13.2 million at the expense of the taxpayers. I will continue the fight to eliminate this measure from the final budget to be passed by the state Legislature on or before the April 1 deadline.
On top of gas prices and the recent MTA hikes, the Thruway Authority has proposed increasing the tolls on these major roadways. I agree with our state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, who said, “The Thruway Authority should take a hard look in the mirror before it pushes another toll hike on New Yorkers.”