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THE GAS PROBLEM IS STRANGLING US: Cap N.Y.'s gas tax

 

TO PITY DISTRESS IS BUT HUMAN; TO RELIEVE IT IS GODLIKE.
                                                                            Horace Mann
 

 

The price of gasoline in our community has skyrocketed to over $3.00 per gallon, and threatens to go higher still.  In the past three years the price for a gallon of gasoline has doubled.  Not only are the oil companies profiting from record high gasoline prices, but so is the State of New York. With prices reaching $3 per gallon and climbing, New York State is raking in a windfall of tax revenue on top of a $4 billion budget surplus, while we, the driving consumers and overburdened taxpayers are screaming for tax relief.

 

The Senate has passed legislation this year to cap the gasoline tax at the first $2 per gallon and despite sponsorship of the bill in the Assembly, it has not come up for a vote.
New Yorkers are paying 65 cents in taxes per gallon of gasoline, the highest figure in any state. The sales tax is levied on top of all the others.  But according to Gov. Pataki, he claims that the spending plan has been finalized, and the state cannot change the tax structure at this time.
 
If our representatives are serious about easing the tax burden, they should start by halting tax increases, just as how they should spend our tax dollars on our children's education, not on enhancing their selfish life styles. That's what their failure on the sales tax issue has precipitated-their personal priorities. Gas prices are stifling consumers. We, the working class, is suffering. It's time for the state to take its foot off the tax pedal.

 

Meanwhile, you can report any possible instances of gasoline price gouging or price fixing to the New York State Gasoline Stability Task Force. The Consumer Protection Board (CPB) operates a toll-free telephone number (1-800-214-4372) and provides a complaint form on their web site http://www1.consumer.state.ny.us/cpb/GASComplaintForm.html for  consumers to report possible instances of gasoline price gouging or price fixing. 

 

They have promised that all reported allegations will be promptly investigated by the CPB and may be referred to the Attorney General for enforcement.
 
Albert Baldeo, Esq.
Community Advocate
106-11 Liberty Avenue
Ozone Park, NY 11417
718-529-2300
www.albertbaldeo.com

 

 
     
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