High Gasoline Prices Prompt a New Proposal

May 4, 2011 Updated May 5, 2011 at 8:14 AM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

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May 4, 2011 Updated May 5, 2011 at 8:14 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) -- Today's average in our area is $4.07 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline. That's up a nickel from last week. As the price of gasoline creeps toward the record high price of three years ago...western New Yorkers are feeling the pinch at the pump. "I think it's too expensive. Why would you want to pay four dollars and five cents for gas? I feel like it should be back at two dollars at least...if it can't go back to a dollar," said Dominique Horne as she pumped gas at a convenience store on Niagara Street in Buffalo.

Raul Rodriquez of Buffalo says that he's had to curtail some of his driving trips. "It's just unbelievable. They just keep going up higher and higher and there is just no sign of the gas going..the prices going any lower.It just seems to be going higher and higher. It's becoming almost impossible to drive," he said.

This week a proposal was introduced in the New York State Senate that would create three gasoline tax holidays. They would take place during the Memorial Day, Forth of July and Labor Day holiday weekends this summer. Tourism officials are worried that people won't travel to even local attractions. "They are staying home. I mean that they are just not going to travel. In general, when people travel they spend money. Whether they are staying in a hotel or they are going out to eat...they may go to an amusement park. When people normally travel...it's associated with spending money," explained State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer of Amherst.

The state tax relief would save about 33 cents on a gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel. "I think that's ridiculous. They should just go down on the price. All these gimmicks...just go down on the price. It's just too high...too high for everybody, " Rodriquez added. There is a rush to get the proposal to a vote in time for the Memorial Day weekend.