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State Budget Will Include Congestion Surcharge On Taxis, Ride Shares

March 31, 2018 - 11:09 am
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ALBANY, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- New York State has a budget, and a lot of New Yorkers are going to be paying more to get there from here.

Lawmakers in Albany made a deal Friday night, for a $168-billion budget which includes a congestion surcharge on Uber and yellow cab rides below 96th Street. Starting next January, it'll cost an extra $2.7 for your Uber, $2.50 for a cab, and 75 cents for pooled rides.

Governor Cuomo talked up the budget at a news conference -- saying it makes the highest ever investment in education, and protects taxpayers against federal changes.

"We said we were going to focus on the middle class, we cut taxes for the middle class again for $40,000 to $150,000 from 6.4 down to 5.5, $150 to $300,000 the tax rate drops to 6 percent," he said.

The budget also includes new protections against sexual harassment for all state and local government employees.

Cuomo's primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon slammed the governor for backroom dealmaking on a 'big, ugly budget.'

New York City Charter School Center CEO James Merriman praised the budget.

"Charter students and families in all five boroughs will be thanking Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders for this year’s budget agreement. As a result of Albany’s leadership, public charter schools’ funding will remain on pace with increases in funding for their district school peers. We’re grateful for their commitment to ensuring all students have access to a great public education, and we look forward to advocating for our city’s 114,000 charter school students through the rest of this year’s legislative session," he said.

Cab drivers were less than thrilled with the congestion surge.

“This is going to devastate an entire workforce and industry. Yellow cabs have already contributed close to $1 billion since 2009,” New York Taxi Workers Alliance Executive Director Bhairavi Desai said. “Once again Albany is letting these Wall Street-bankrolled companies write the laws while we bury drivers dead from financial devastation.”

The budget also contains one notable new tax, a fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors that will raise funds to combat addiction.