Crouch: Honor Our Contract With Taxpayers And Let 18-A Assessment Energy Tax Sunset

March 18, 2013

Assemblyman Crouch is pictured fourth from the left next to Julie Suarez, Director of Public Policy for the New York Farm Bureau. At the podium is Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb.

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Guilford) today attended a press conference with Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua), their colleagues in the State Assembly and members of the business and farm communities in New York State, calling for the elimination of the 18-A Assessment extension in this year’s state budget. Crouch said that the assessment, otherwise known as the “New York State Energy Tax,” which appears on consumer energy bills, should expire.

“This is yet another onerous tax that every homeowner, business owner, farmer, manufacturer and taxpayer must pay, and we should learn to live without it,” said Crouch. “Every month, consumers are hit again and again with this tax and, over time, it certainly adds up. As responsible representatives, we need to keep and honor our contract with the taxpayers of this state by allowing this tax to sunset. Taxpayers should not have to pay any more unnecessary taxes.”

In attendance at today’s press conference were representatives from the Business Council of New York State, Inc., The Manufacturers Association of Central New York, The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Unshackle Upstate, and the New York State Farm Bureau.