New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul Calls it “Relief”
On Thursday, the New York State Assembly introduced their annual budget which included a state gas tax suspension. The suspension consists of a portion of the state's gas tax for both unleaded and diesel from June 1 to December 31. The New York state gas tax is 33 cents a gallon, and the suspension would cover about 16 cents of that. New York Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul endorsed the gas tax suspension and hailed it as “relief” for motorists.
“The list of Democrat and Republican state leaders in support of suspending their state gas tax is growing, adding New York state to a list of those passing or considering passing a gas tax suspension. It seems like everywhere you go state leaders are taking action, except in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka are deciding to keep taxes high in Massachusetts, despite states from our north, south, and west all moving to suspend their gas tax, and despite the fact that Massachusetts tax collections are coming in much higher than expected,” stated Paul Diego Craney, spokesperson for Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.
“New York Governor Kathy Hochul is right to describe the gas tax suspension as ‘relief’ for motorists. Massachusetts Speaker Ron Mariano is wrong to describe it as a ‘gimmick’ and our Speaker and Senate President are out of touch to ignore the problem all together. Massachusetts motorists from boarder communities will flee our state when filling up their tank and do their shopping across state lines to find relief,” concluded Craney.