Let 18-A sunset
Business Council opposes the extension of the Temporary State Energy and Utility Service Conservation Assessment
The State Senators and members of the Assembly listed below, have publicly stated their opposition to the extension of the Temporary State Energy and Utility Service Conservation Assessment (often referred to as 18-a).
The provision (Part N) would extend the 2 percent assessment, which was scheduled to be reduced to 1 percent this year. Extending the fee will cost all energy consumers (businesses, governments, schools, non-profits and residences) in the state $236 million in 2014 and a total of $2.8 billion over the next six years.
When this temporary fee was imposed, there was an explicit promise to the people of the state that this assessment would not be permanent. Please reject the proposed extension of 18-a by removing TED Part N.
We thank the Senators and Assembly members for their support in opposition to this hidden tax and urge them to express their feelings on this issue to the Governor, legislative leaders and other members of the State Legislature.
The Business Council is leading a group of business organizations, chambers of commerce and association that have voice their opposition to the extension of this hidden tax. The links below will provide you with more details.
- Letter to Governor Cuomo - The state’s top business associations support the end to the 18-a utility surcharge
- Link to Bill Memo in opposition
- Public Policy Institute Report - Short-Circuiting New York’s Recovery How Energy Taxes Contribute to High Electric Rates in New York
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