NY Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie floats raising state sales tax on gas to fund mass transit

Warning that congestion pricing is not a sure bet, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Friday floated another idea to help fund mass transit also certain to infuriate motorists — raising the state sales tax on gasoline.

“It’s an option,” Heastie said at a Crain’s New York breakfast in Midtown.

He later told reporters he was merely citing “an example” of revenue sources other than congestion pricing that could be used for upgrading the subways.

The state’s sales tax on gasoline is currently capped at 8 cents a gallon — or 4 percent on a maximum of $2.