Raia: New York’s Fees, Taxes, Regulations and Surcharges Continue to Rise

January 28, 2008

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C,WF-East Northport) today said that both New York state’s economy and Long Island’s regional economy will continue to erode if fees, taxes, regulations and surcharges continue to rise.

“The impact of Gov. Spitzer’s fees, taxes, regulations and surcharges that he has laid out in his Executive Budget will cost the average Long Island family $473,” said Raia. “We cannot continue on this path to destruction. I am also very concerned about the 5.1 percent increase in spending, which is higher than the rate of inflation. We must control our urges to spend at this critical time and act cautiously when enacting a new spending plan for this state.”

Raia said the Executive Budget has outlined a series of increased fees to categories such as: community college tuition; endorsement fee for the Department of Motor Vehicle’s Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative; motor vehicle insurance; mortgage recording fee; gas tax merger; health maintenance organization tax; bottle bill fee; and no increase for Basic STAR recipients comes to a total cost of $473 per average family.

“It is obvious that we cannot allow a budget that is full of gimmicks and offers no long-term solutions to real problems to be passed through the state Legislature,” said Raia. “I have a commitment to my constituents that I represent their interests in Albany and I plan on doing just that.

“I will work diligently with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that Long Island families are not left behind,” said Raia. “We must turn back these initiatives and offer real long-term solutions that will have a real impact on real people.”