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Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

February 5, 2013

Letter to Cuomo; Put an End to "Hidden" Utility Tax

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
The New York State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

For the third straight year, the Executive Budget shows an unprecedented commitment to fiscal discipline. The proposed budget contains numerous provisions intended to address the critical matters of the state.

The associations listed below, which represent numerous interests in New York, are writing to urge the reconsideration of 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 utilize the 21-day amendments process to amend the 2013-14 Executive Budget recommendation and remove TED Part N.

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Buffalo Niagara Partnership The Buisness Council of New York State, Inc. The Business Council of Westchester
Chamber Alliance of New York State CEN Manufacturing The Chamber of Schenectady County The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County
Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Council of Industry Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce New York State Economic Development Council
Farm Bureau Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Long Island Association
The Manufacturers Association Manufacturers Association NFIB Niagara USA Chamber
North Country Chamber of Commerce Plattsburgh Orange County Chamber of Commerce OC Rochester Business Alliance
Rockland Business Association Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Unshackle Upstate