Updated: 10/29/2013 7:31 PM
Created: 10/29/2013 5:52 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean
A small group of Assembly republicans are trying to get rid of some taxes to save you money. It would mean cutting some of the taxes on items like gas, toothpaste and deodorant. Things you buy all the time. It would mean more money in your pocket. But does it really stand a chance on the voting floor?
The plan calls for elimination of the state sales tax on gas. So that's eight cents a gallon. That leaves another 60 cents per gallon in other state taxes. There would be no sales tax on hygiene products like soap, shampoo, tooth brushes, toilet paper and diapers. News10NBC asked what the total loss in revenue to the state would be with all these cuts. We are still waiting for that answer.
Onica brooks said, “Given that I drive a BMW and I have that premium gas, so if I can save anything versus paying $3.77 up to $4.15, I'm all for the cause.”
Jim Anderson said, “I seriously doubt it. I don't think the politicians will let it happen.”
Beverly Voos said, “Shampoo, soap, band aids, I think those are important things, people need them and should not be taxed.”
But then Beverly Voos asked if the taxes are cut, where does the state make up the difference? News10NBC asked Assemblyman Brian Kolb of Canandaigua. He's the minority leader in the Assembly.
News10NBC's Berkeley Brean said, “What are you prepared to cut if you lose this revenue? Because it's a lot of money.”
Brian Kolb, NYS Assembly Minority Leader, said, “Sure it is, but when you look at the overall state budget, you've got $135 billion. We have the most expensive Medicaid program in the country. Not sacrificing vital programs, not slash and burn. But certainly we've always advocated that we can spend our money much more wisely.”
The deadline to submit ideas to the governor's Tax Relief Commission is December 6.The governor will announce the ideas he likes in his state of the state speech early next year. It might be tough for these ideas because the commission's charge is to focus on property and business taxes, not consumer taxes.
The tax proposal only calls for eliminating the state sales tax on gas (approx $.08)
The hygiene products include: shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, dental floss, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, antiperspirant, feminine hygiene products including sanitary napkins and tampons, toilet paper, tissues, razors, shaving cream, cotton swabs, cotton balls, disposable and non-disposable diapers, diaper rash ointments, baby wipes.