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New York bill would add $2,500 tax to 'gas guzzlers'

New York Reconsiders Taxing 'Gas Guzzlers'

In another misguided attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, legislation (A.B. 1318) has been reintroduced in the New York State Assembly to establish a progressive purchase surcharge for some new motor vehicles based on state calculations of carbon emissions. Depending on the vehicle purchased, this surcharge could require owners to pay up to $2,500 more for the vehicle. Funds collected under the program would be used in part to fund discounts for hybrids and electric cars. If this effort is successful, the effects on your ability to purchase the vehicle of your choice, not to mention vehicle safety, will be dramatic.

We Urge You to Contact the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee Members (List Below) Immediately To Request Their Opposition to A.B. 1318

A.B 1318 will limit consumer choice in purchasing vehicles by making popular performance and luxury cars, as well as SUVs, light trucks and minivans, substantially more expensive to own.
A.B. 1318 will potentially lead to more deaths on New York’s highways as higher taxes on larger, safer vehicles forces consumers into smaller cars with higher accident fatality rates.
A.B. 1318 will not conserve energy. Greenhouse gas emissions depends on a host of other factors such as total miles traveled.
A.B. 1318 will do little to improve air quality. Air quality has more to do with overall basic vehicle maintenance than it does with owning and operating any particular class of vehicle.

DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the New York Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to request their opposition to A.B. 1318.

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at Thank you for your assistance. Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts. Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.

New York Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee

Assemblymember Robert Sweeney - Chair
Phone: 518-455-5787

Assemblymember Daniel Burling
Phone: 518-455-5314

Assemblymember William Colton
Phone: 518-455-5828

Assemblymember Marcos Crespo
Phone: 518-455-5514

Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz
Phone: 518-455-5214

Assemblymember Gary Finch
Phone: 518-455-5878

Assemblymember Deborah Glick
Phone: 518-455-4841

Assemblymember Aileen Gunther
Phone: 518-455-5355

Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee
Phone: 518-455-5118

Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh
Phone: 518-455-5506

Assemblymember Micah Kellner
Phone: 518-455-5676

Assemblymember George Latimer
Phone: 518-455-4897

Assemblymember Barbara Lifton
Phone: 518-455-5444

Assemblymember Peter Lopez
Phone: 518-455-5363

Assemblymember Donna Lupardo
Phone: 518-455-5431

Assemblymember Daniel O'Donnell
Phone: 518-455-5603

Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes
Phone: 518-455-5005

Assemblymember Annie Rabbitt
Phone: 518-455-5991

Assemblymember Joseph Saladino
Phone: 518-455-5305

Assemblymember Teresa Sayward
Phone: 518-455-5565

Assemblymember Michelle Schimel
Phone: 518-455-5192

Assemblymember Fred Thiele, Jr.
Phone: 518-455-5997

Assemblymember Matthew Titone
Phone: 518-455-4677

Assemblymember Harvey Weisenberg
Phone: 518-455-3028

Assemblymember Kenneth Zebrowski
Phone: 518-455-5735

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