Ortt, State Senate Republicans introduce ‘Inflation Relief Plan’

Posted 20 July 2022 at 11:41 am

Tax cut and sales tax suspension proposed for some goods and services over 2 years

Press Release, State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt

ALBANY – The New York State Senate Republican Conference today announced the introduction of legislation to eliminate the state sales tax on various goods, services and transactions for two years.

As families continue struggling with rising costs due to record high inflation, the time is now for a meaningful and long-lasting tax cut that New Yorkers will immediately see in their wallets, checkbooks and household budgets.

“The families we represent are cutting their budgets to make ends meet. As elected leaders, we must also find ways to tighten our belts,” Ortt said. “For far too long, our bloated, fiscally irresponsible state government has ignored the struggles of middle-class consumers. It is high time for Albany to give it back to the taxpayers by eliminating sales tax on goods and services that the political ruling class takes for granted. We need to do the right thing and provide desperately needed relief to hardworking New Yorkers.”

The legislation, which would deliver $2.6 billion in annual tax relief to New Yorkers, is also being advanced by Assembly Leader Will Barclay and Assembly Republicans.

The bill would eliminate the state sales tax for two years on the following items:

  • Gas
  • Personal Care Items
  • Housekeeping Supplies
  • Prepared Food

Families already dealing with inflated bills for groceries and gas are skipping summer plans, and will soon be confronted with rising back-to-school costs. The average American family has lost $6,800 in annual income over the past 18 months, thanks to record inflation.

With so many struggling to make ends meet, the Senate Republican Conference’s Inflation Relief Plan would directly address the needs of consumers who want to live their lives free from economic oppression.

“Everyday New Yorkers are struggling with oppressive inflation on top of the state’s record-high costs of living and doing business,” Ortt said. “Our Inflation Relief Plan will help to address Albany’s out-of-control taxing and spending, while also providing New York families with much-needed relief. The time to act is now.”

This legislation is one component of a comprehensive plan that will be outlined in coming weeks by the Senate Republican Conference to address the inflation crisis and make our state more affordable for hardworking New Yorkers.