David Bastian is at the forefront of the effort by the LBTOUNY and other New York state associations to fight the transportation sales tax.
NEW YORK — A petition http://goo.gl/VTLMoH to revoke a New York state 2009 sales tax on transportation services is being circulated by the Black Car Assistance Corp. (BCAC),and supported by limousine associations throughout the state. The goal of the petition is to gather as many signatures as possible by Dec. 6 to submit to a special state Tax Relief Commission, and ultimately to Gov. Andrew Cuomo during 2014 budget discussions with a request to strike down the tax.
The petition asks the commission co-chairs, former Gov. George Pataki and H. Carl McCall, a former state comptroller who also ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002, to “repeal this nuisance tax (that) will help enhance New York’s competitiveness and save and grow the jobs of the hardworking members of the New York transportation industry.”
In addition to the petition, the Limousine Bus &Taxi Operators of Upstate New York (LBTOUNY) and the BCAC are pushing two bills in the state Senate and Assembly to repeal the tax.
“Every association in New York is working together to fight the sales tax,” said David Bastian, a member of the LBTOUNY legislative committee. “We have a unified front now, which we didn’t have in 2009 when the tax was enacted and we couldn’t react fast enough to fight it.”
Now, all the state associations communicate and we also have support from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the Business Council of New York State, Unshackle Upstate (New York), Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and other pro-business organizations.
Bastian noted that the overriding lesson learned in fighting the tax is working hand-in-hand with statewide associations and pro small-business organizations outside the industry. “The bottom line is now our industry has a united voice and that sends a message to lawmakers.”
—Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast Editor