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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority vowed Thursday to fight a court ruling that the payroll tax helping to fund public transportation is unconstitutional. “Removing more than $1.2 billion in revenue from the Payroll Mobility Tax, plus hundreds of millions of dollars more from other taxes affected by yesterday’s ruling, would be catastrophic for the MTA and for the economy of New York State,” the agency said in a statement.
Eliminating the payroll tax doesn’t solve the MTA’s budget deficit problem, it just creates a whack-a-mole situation where the MTA finds some other way to collect the money via higher ticket prices, other taxes, etc. The solution to the problem is to reduce the operational costs of the MTA by reducing health and pension costs.”
— Mike Claiborne
As someone who is self-employed and works from home, I resented having to pay this tax. [I] felt it was just thrown onto businesses without warning. Let the people who use mass transit pay for it. Let them cut service and raise the price. Those who use it should pay for it. Not businesses.”
— Teresa Bjorkback Schaeffer
Our editorial: Who will fund MTA tax reprieve?
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