Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon) joined representatives from the Western New York branch of the American Automobile Association to call for a suspension of the state sales tax on gasoline and diesel fuel until the end of the year. The average price for a gallon of gas in New York is $2.66.
Since the Assembly minority conference first called for suspension of the state portion of the sales tax in 2000, the average price of gasoline has risen by more than $1 per gallon. In the last year alone, the cost has gone up 32 percent.
"Gas prices are at an all-time high and it is hurting our economy in New York state," Oaks said. "We need to suspend our state sales tax on gas, and I urge my colleagues in the Assembly to take action on behalf of residents and tourists alike."
New York gas and diesel fuel consumers would save more than $216.4 million in fuel taxes if the 4 percent levy is suspended from Monday, Sept. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 31. Local governments would also have the option to suspend their portion of the sales tax, adding to the savings for motorists.