Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove announced plans to introduce legislation to provide for a gross income tax deduction on fuel taxes paid by motorists for their personal vehicles.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove announced legislation to provide for an income tax deduction on fuel taxes paid by motorists for their personal vehicles. (Flickr)
Under the 9th District delegation’s proposal, the gross income deduction would be capped at $1,000 for 2016 and then increased to $2,000 for 2017.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following statement regarding their tax-credit proposal:
“From day one, our delegation vehemently opposed increasing the gas tax. In representing the interests our constituents, we voted ‘NO’ when the gas tax increase bill was presented on the floor of our respective houses for a final vote. Needless to say, we are extremely disappointed that the Governor signed the legislation.
“An income tax credit fits our original argument against the gas tax increase. Our district stands to be disparately impacted by the gas tax increase due to its large commuting population, which has no access to mass transit. More than 126,000 of our constituents are registered E-ZPass users, the most of any legislative district in the state. Mind you, these commuters have already been hit hard by the Corzine toll hikes.
“It’s our understanding that Democrat legislators in both houses have introduced or intend to introduce legislation to institute an income tax deduction on gas taxes. Certainly, we would like nothing more than for this to be a bipartisan effort, given what is at stake financially for our constituents.”
Connors, Rumpf and Gove will introduce their legislation at the next quorum of their respective houses.
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