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Old 11-09-2009, 10:02 AM
 
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So, in addition to the $100 I just paid for the Commuter Tax (I am an independent contractor/self employed) I also received this email from my Asemblyman: (Thank you Gov. Paterson!)

As you are probably aware, fees for drivers licenses and registration renewals were increased in the 2009-2001 Budget. Also included in this budget, vehicle owners re-registering after April 1, 2010, will be forced to pay a $25 dollar fee for mandatory new license plates. The fee affects all vehicles including, cars, trucks, trailers, motorcycles and ATVs.

Since its passage last spring, I have been telling my constituents that I voted against Governor Paterson’s budget because it raised a multitude of taxes and fees to pay for a $10 billion increase in spending. For months I have been calling on the governor to order the legislature back into session so that we can take a scalpel to the budget and trim the needless fat. When we do finally come back, I hope that legislators on both sides of the political aisle will see the need to cut spending and curtail the need for taxes and fees which are burdening our already cash-strapped citizens.

In addition to the 66% rise in cost of license plate renewal I have also fought against the 25% increases in driver’s license and vehicle registration renewal fees in the 2009-10 budget and have voiced my opposition to the additional $16 MTA fee on driver’s license renewals and the $50 MTA fee on vehicle registration renewals on top of the previously mentioned 25% increases, which were a result of the $2.8 billion Metropolitan Transportation Authority bailout passed this past June.

If you wish to join me in this opposition, you may add your name to the online petition against the $25 license plate renewal fee, by visiting NONEWPLATES.COM.


Sincerely,

Assemblyman David G. McDonough
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:17 AM
 
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Makes Gilligan's Island more appealing.
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Nassau, Long Island, NY
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More nickel and diming that they know they can force us to submit to. What are we going to do? Not drive cars anymore in protest?
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:23 AM
 
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This jacking up of fees is becoming more and more popular. Suozzi loved to this. Service fees in Nassau County increased a ton under him.

It's a way for politicians to mask tax hikes and try to escape accountability for their out of control spending.
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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Actually 3 things:
taxes, taxes and death.
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:18 PM
 
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Actually 3 things:
taxes, taxes and death.
I know, but I was trying to forget that one
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:52 PM
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As I always complain about- a lot of these fees are MTA based. They have Long Islanders by the balls- one day, I would like to see the Governor force them to balance each of their legal entities with at least 75% rider-toll based funding.

This would increase bus fare to about $8 per leg, Subway to $5 per leg, Railroad to about $25 (avg peak/off peak) each way, and $5 per Staten Ferry ride- oh, and reduce Bridge Tolls to about $1.

Until that day comes the local, city, and state, government will allow the MTA to find money from EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYER, TAXPAYER, MOTORIST, and TOURIST in New York -STATE-.

I wish I could think of a solution to this issue, mine is to use their transit as seldom as possible, and to avoid using toll bridges (despite the inconvinence) whenever I can. However as always with the MTA, my savings will just be passed on to you.
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:57 PM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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[quote=HomeFinder15;11548072]So, in addition to the $100 I just paid for the Commuter Tax (I am an independent contractor/self employed) [quote]

This was the last straw for us. My DH is self employed, and we are still trying to figure out why it's our responsibility to bail out the MTA.
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Nassau, Long Island, NY
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^^^
Because you are an easy target?

I mean what is your husband going to do? Close his business immediately in protest while you still live on LI?

I know you are on the way out of here, but they will vulture in and take what they can get until you leave.
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:08 AM
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in the future your sales tax will be like 9.25 percent to feed the MTA, they will continue taking money until a politician has the balls to let the system crash and burn until it restructures.

Don't hold your breath.
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