Spitzer Scandal Torpedos NY Gas and Car Tax Hikes

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
spitzer scandal torpedos ny gas and car tax hikes

According The Wall Street Journal, New York governor Eliot Spizter admits he "failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself." Whatever. As Client Number 9 continues his fall from political grace, Empire State motorists are breathing a sigh of relief. The scandal effectively kills Spitzer's plans to remove the state's gas tax cap. If he'd been successful in that endeavor, the potential indictee's Petroleum Business Tax (PBT) would have elevated gas taxes by nearly $56m per year. The Hudson Valley Times also reports (retroactively) that "Spitzer Car Tax" would have increased NY's registration fee from $5 to $20. Oh, and Spitzer also supported Thruway toll hikes. So, once again America's hopes for freedom from onerous taxes begin with the Mayflower. [thanks to starlightmica for the link]

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  • Hltguy Hltguy on Mar 11, 2008

    $4,300.00 for an hour? Wow, he should do business in my part of the country, a hundred bucks will get you the same thing.... albeit with fewer teeth, additional poundage and less comfortable bed. I would not know any of this of course first hand, just what I have heard....really. Signed, Client #8

  • Crc Crc on Mar 11, 2008

    People who think campaign promises of change are for real, should think again. He's had a few good ideas over the past year though. Like the one to give illegal immigrants a drivers license.

  • Mel23 Mel23 on Mar 11, 2008

    geeber: Well, I was being facetious. The huffingtonpost.com has lots of details.