Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I – East Meadow) joined his Assembly minority colleagues today in support of an amendment to provide a reduction in gas taxes. The amendment would have provided a sales tax exemption on the portion of fuel that is over $2.00 per gallon.
While the cap would have saved drivers from 8 to 10 cents per gallon, the vote failed 77-63. New Yorkers put up with the highest gas tax in the nation, at $.63 per gallon. The bill has already passed the Senate, however 77 majority members in the Assembly have voted to keep the current tax.
“Commuters, families, and professional drivers alike are dealing with the highest gas tax in the Northeast,” said McKevitt. “With the high volume of traffic on Long Island, this is no small matter.”
While there are many factors contributing to the rise in gasoline prices, including stricter environmental standards and less importation, cutting a portion of the tax would at least provide some relief, noted McKevitt.
New Yorkers pay some of the highest taxes in the country, and Long Island is no exception. Yesterday's daily survey of stations showed Long Island’s average for regular unleaded is $2.855 a gallon. That number is the highest since Oct. 18, and on Long Island, prices have risen an average of 37 cents this month.
“We are trying to take steps to save you money,” added McKevitt. “Hopefully, our colleagues on the other side of the aisle will see that we cannot afford to let gas prices continually rise. Not only does it hurt commuters and families, but it hurts businesses as well by taking the money out of their pockets.”