New York’s Democratic governor has asked a state comptroller to review a bill that would allow residents to choose which of two gasoline blends they want their lawns to use.
The proposal was floated by state comptrollers Mary Burke and Richard Dieter and passed by the New York State Assembly on Thursday.
Burke said the proposal could save the state money in the long run by allowing residents to “buy into the benefits of different fuels”.
“We know that if we could go back in time and allow people to choose the gasoline blend, they could save money in their bills,” she said.
Burk said she would be open to working with the comptroller on a compromise but said it was “time for the governor to take a step back” and reconsider the bill.
Dieter said the legislation was “simply not a good idea” and that people should “do the best for themselves” in deciding which fuel to use in their lawn.
“If you’re going to go with a brand that is supercharged, then you’re probably going to do a bad job of keeping your lawn healthy,” he said.
“It could be a great idea for the consumer but we’re talking about the consumer.”
And if you’re buying it with a rebate, we’re saying you’re wasting money.
“Dieters plan to submit the bill for a vote in the state Assembly on Monday, when the Assembly is expected to be on recess.