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Old 04-17-2012, 05:04 PM
 
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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/17/ny...muter-tax.html

Call to Restore Income Tax on Suburbanites
By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
Published: April 16, 2012

The Manhattan borough president, Scott M. Stringer, will call on Tuesday for restoring New York City’s long-abandoned suburban commuter tax to help stabilize the finances of the region’s creaky mass transit network.
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Mr. Stringer, a likely candidate for mayor, does not have the power to restore the tax in his current post and would not be able to do so even if he were to win the mayoral election next year. Any new tax would require approval by the State Legislature.

But a revival of the commuter tax, which was in place for 33 years before it was eliminated by the Legislature in 1999, has been quietly promoted for years by transportation experts who argue that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority needs more-dependable sources of revenue to avoid routine fare increases and service cuts.

Mr. Stringer, who was an assemblyman in 1999 and voted against the repeal, will describe his plan in a speech on Tuesday at a meeting of a prominent civic group, the Association for a Better New York, a regular stop for the city’s presumptive mayoral candidates as they try to define themselves amid a crowded field of left-leaning progressives.

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Old 04-17-2012, 05:34 PM
 
Location: NY,NY
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It is only fair and right that people pay their share for services used on a daily basis.

Why should city dwellers subsidize cushy suburbanites who have rejected the city?
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:50 PM
 
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Looks like I'll be renewing the long-dead proposal for a Newark office at my company :-).

(Fortunately or otherwise, it's got as much chance of happening as the commuter tax)
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Didn't the Courts throw out that old commuter tax as unconstitutional?
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