FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 1, 2013
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KATZ URGES LAWMAKERS TO LET ENERGY TAX SUNSET
Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C,I-Yorktown) is urging his legislative colleagues to pass an on-time state budget that does not extend the Temporary State Assessment Surcharge, also known as 18-A, a tax added onto the utility bills of New Yorkers. The surcharge was set to expire this year.
“In difficult economic times, I don’t know who in good conscience could continue to support such a measure,” Katz said. “We can save money for taxpayers and businesses, or the powers that be can extend the tax and cost all of us $2.5 billion over the next five years. In order to get this economy moving, we need more money in the pockets of our citizens. This is why we need this tax off the books.”
Katz also expressed concern that extension of the tax would negatively affect New York employers, particularly small businesses that are already struggling to make ends meet in light of the federal healthcare mandate. He said, “New York’s biggest business is small business, but with small employers already struggling to make ends meet, we must do something to help business thrive. The cost of energy in our state is already excessively high and, if this tax is extended, it will further cripple our ability to recover from the economic recession, create jobs and allow private businesses to grow.”
For more information regarding the 18-A surcharge, please contact Katz’s district office at 845-628-3781. The assemblyman can also be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.