Stand up and be counted
"Stand up and be counted! I will bring changes for
everyone in this District. You-the people will be my boss,
not special interests. I will be your humble servant and
messenger," Albert Baldeo promises at his empowerment
THE GAS PROBLEM IS STRANGLING US: Cap N.Y.'s gas tax
TO PITY DISTRESS IS BUT HUMAN; TO RELIEVE IT IS GODLIKE.
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
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.
106-11 Liberty Avenue
Ozone Park, NY 11417