Albany (May 31, 2012) – Governor Cuomo should block a 45-percent toll increase proposed yesterday by the New York Thruway Authority because it will punish small trucking firms, farmers and consumers, said the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today.
“There are a lot of short-haul truckers and farmers in New York who won’t be able to absorb this increase without raising prices, cutting workers or spending less in the economy,” said Mike Durant, State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
Another concern, according to Durant, is that the massive increase apparently won’t be used for the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, which officials say will be financed another way.
“At the very least, we deserve to know more about how they’re going to finance the bridge project, which will cost billions, before we approve this increase,” said Durant. “Otherwise they’ll be back again next year asking for another huge increase that small businesses, consumers and commuters can’t afford.”
He pointed out that motorists and truckers are likely to try to avoid the higher tolls by using local roads instead.
“That creates more traffic, more pollution and more pressure on property taxes to repair local roads that aren’t designed for the weight of the trucks and volume of traffic,” said Durant. “The Governor should analyze this very carefully and work with the Authority to find another way to pay for improvements.”
For more information about NFIB, please visit www.nfib.com/new_york.