Republicans in Senate and State Assembly hold listening session in Corning on proposed gasoline tax

The continued implementation of these regressive taxes would leave low- and middle-income families and workers, motorists, truckers, manufacturers and industries, and the elderly among the hardest hit.

Corning, NY, November 15— Members of the Senate and Assembly Republican Conferences today held a listening session with stakeholders from various industries to discuss the potential impacts of the Climate and Community Investment Law (CCIA), a proposal Advance by Albany Democrats that could increase the cost of gas by as much as 55 cents per gallon and increase home heating costs by more than 25 percent. Today’s event was the fourth listening session hosted by Republicans, following other forums in Albania, Buffalo, and Long island.

The legislation (S.4264 / A.6967) would impose a carbon tax of $ 55 per tonne of fossil fuel emissions in order to meet renewable energy mandates under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCP ), adopted by the Legislative Assembly in 2019.

The session was chaired by Senator Tom O’Mara (R, C, I-Big Flats) and Assembly Member Phil Palmesano (R, C, I-Corning). Discussions focused on the potential impacts on small businesses, farms and various sectors of the energy industry. The session allowed lawmakers to listen to testimony directly from stakeholders in all of these industries. Attendees included the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association, New York Independent Power Producers, National Fuel, and the New York Propane Gas Association.

O’Mara said, “New Yorkers are already paying one of the AmericaThe province’s highest gasoline taxes and home heating costs are expected to skyrocket this winter. new YorkThe out-of-control Democratic super-majorities enacted a state budget this year, raising taxes by nearly $ 5 billion and they will continue to seek more. It will be a relentless search for more taxpayer dollars to afford more spending and every taxpayer will pay the price at the pump, to heat homes and in many other places. The ink on the new state budget was barely dry, and Democrats were already considering their next tax hike opportunities, including a potential 55-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax to help generate revenue to save money. implement an unsustainable and impractical climate change agenda. The continued implementation of these regressive taxes would leave low- and middle-income families and workers, motorists, truckers, manufacturers and industries, and the elderly among the hardest hit.

Palmesano said, “The CCIA clearly demonstrates two things. First, that the majorities in the Senate and the Assembly are clearly trying to cope with the work that the Climate Action Council (ACC) is tasked with doing with regard to their plans for scoping implementation. work of the CLCPA and second, that they are completely out of touch with the financial needs and concerns of families and businesses in our state. Our CCIA roundtables will continue our efforts to highlight these issues so that we can convey to the public the broad financial impacts of the implementation of the CLCPA on all sectors of our state’s economy and the critical need. for the state to conduct a full and transparent assessment and honest cost-benefit analysis of the CLCPA. Since NY contributes only 0.5 percent of total carbon emissions in the world and 3.3 percent in the we, the public clearly deserves to know what the financial impact of the implementation of these policies will be on them. While I agree that clean and renewable energy must be part of our energy portfolio and strategy, it is equally important, however, that our energy portfolio and strategy address affordability and reliability for families and businesses. and the CCIA, and likewise the CLCPA, clearly fails to address these vital areas.

Other lawmakers attending today’s forum were: Senator George Borrello (R, C, IP, LIBT-57e District), Assembly Joseph Angelino (R, C, I-Norwich), MP Marjorie Byrnes (R, C-Caledonia), MP Chris Friend (R, C, I-Big Flats) and MP Robert Smullen (R, C, I , SAM-Johnstown).

Borrello said, “The inflation associated with the rising costs of gas and home heating is putting extraordinary financial pressures on new York families. While what we need are solutions to help alleviate these budgetary costs, what we are getting from the majorities in the legislature is a proposal that would only exacerbate the financial pain. New Yorkers, especially rural residents without access to public transportation, would be devastated by the staggering 55-cent per gallon increase in gasoline that would result from the adoption of the CCIA. Energy taxes like this evil new Yorkfamilies that work the most and have a domino effect, driving up costs for virtually everything, including essentials like groceries. The information we heard from industry leaders today only confirmed the damage this proposal would cause to our residents, our businesses and our economy. Instead of recklessly pushing an activist agenda, I urge my colleagues on the other side of this issue to consider the common sense perspectives we have heard today and work with us to reduce, not increase, costs. energies of New Yorkers.

Angelino, member of the Assembly’s tourism committee, said, “The climate bill proposed by the progressive Democrats in the Assembly is unrealistic and puts too much pressure on small job creators in our state and those in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors. Our economy is trying to shake off the setbacks of the past two years, and with the drastic price increases seen across the country, we cannot add another job threatening policy to that. The rest of the state has paid the price for progressive policies that make little sense to average upstate New Yorkers outside of New York City. “

Byrne said, “As a representative of a rural district, I am eager to protect and preserve new York‘s beautiful environment. Still, now is not the time to impose new taxes on hard-working New Yorkers. Gasoline has reached record highs, home heating costs are rising by more than 50% and the cost of living is only rising. We need to consider the impacts these expensive proposals will have on New Yorkers. These proposals must return to the drawing board with our residents in mind. “

Friend, a leading Republican member of the Assembly’s Economic Development Committee, said, “The State Democrats’ Climate Bill new Yorkthe recovering economy, which is just starting to gain a foothold after the pandemic has stopped. President Biden’s policies make it all the more difficult, which is plunging our economy with rapidly rising inflation and broken supply chains. new York is already one of the most climate-friendly states in the nation. This is yet another reckless policy.

Smullen said, “As a distinguished member of the Committee on Environmental Conservation, I always look forward to seeing how we as a State can continue to enhance and protect the natural beauty of our State. The CCIA is unfortunately not the realistic solution. His proposals reflect a reality we do not live in and seek to cause serious damage to our state’s economy, an economy that is already struggling to compete across the country, and even the world. This proposal needs to get back on the drawing board, with a more reasonable scale and timeline in mind, before we can consider supporting such an initiative. “

According to the Tax Foundation, new York currently has the 7th highest gasoline tax in the country, at 43.12 cents per gallon, with California currently the highest at 62.47 cents per gallon. This legislation would increase new Yorktax to 98.12 cents per gallon, an increase of over 127 percent, and would new YorkThe gasoline tax is over 57 percent higher than in any other state. new York State has been repeatedly named as one of the worst business tax climates in the country by the Tax Foundation.

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