Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I-Watertown) joined Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I-Pulaski), members of their Conference and business leaders at a press conference today calling for the enactment of their Inflation Relief and Consumer Assistance Plan (A.8481). Walczyk is a sponsor of the plan which would provide relief to the people of New York by suspending state sales taxes on an array on essential goods including motor fuels, cleaning products, personal care items and ready-to-eat foods available at grocery stores and restaurants.
“Gov. Hochul has said we’ve got a surplus of funding, but what good is it doing anyone? Let’s pass this plan and get some relief back in everyone’s pockets,” said Walczyk. “People are feeling the pinch everywhere—at the grocery store, at the pump, on every essential item they need to get by. Our plan helps alleviate that increase on items that, quite frankly, probably shouldn’t be taxed to start off with. Instead of giving away taxpayer-funded surpluses to pay for her ‘Jails to Jobs’ plan, why not put the hardworking people first and give them a break? Let’s pass this common-sense plan or get it included in the budget.”
If enacted, the legislation would immediately suspend the state’s share of taxes everyday items, saving taxpayers upwards of $5.2 billion. With inflation rising, statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics already have shown monthly costs skyrocketing. In fact, their numbers show that over the last year costs on essential goods rose by as much as $287 for single consumers per month, or $388 for families of four per month.