New Yorkers Could Get Gas Money From Government
As gas prices continue to rise across the country a new proposed bill could give some relief to New Yorkers.
Three house Democrats have introduced a new bill that would offer gas stipends to residents to help cover the cost of rising gas prices.
Reps. Mike Thompson of California, Lauren Underwood of Illinois, and John Larson of Connecticut unveiled the plan that would pay a monthly gas stipend to families based on yearly household income.
The bill proposes that unmarried residents that make $75,000 or less a year would get $100 a month and married couples who make $150,000 or less would get $200 a month while gas prices remain over an average of $4 per gallon.
Households would also be able to claim another extra $100 for each dependent they claimed on their tax returns while the gas prices remain over $4 per gallon.
The income levels proposed in the gas relief bill are similar to ones used in the third and final stimulus check issued last year: Individual tax filers making under $75,000 and couples making $150,000 would qualify for the stimulus checks.
According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of gas has dropped over the last couple of days and currently sitting at $4.237 per gallon. In New York State, the average price for a gallon of gas is $4.358.
This is not the only bill that is being considered to help ease the pain of high gas payments. A bill introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna of California and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island would provide quarterly payments to Americans funded by a tax on profitable oil companies.
Both proposed bills still have to be voted on the house and if passed would move onto the Senate.