Doe Fund Founder and New York City Republican candidate for Mayor George McDonald today stated unequivocally his opposition to asking the state legislature to reinstate the commuter tax.
McDonald said, “Passing the buck to get a buck is not the smart way to strengthen New York City’s finances and my first action as Mayor will not be to ask Albany to reinstate a commuter tax. Higher taxes and increased fares are not the default answer that New Yorkers need from City Hall. We need to focus first on common sense budgeting and incentivizing real job growth that will increase bottom line revenues.”
The commuter tax was abolished in 1999.
In recent interviews, former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota joined democratic Mayoral hopefuls City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, City Comptroller John Liu and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio expressing his support for reinstating the commuter tax which would require the approval of Albany leaders.
“The easiest thing do is to raise taxes, the hard work is in making tough choices. Higher taxes from Albany or New York are not the way to grow our economy they merely feed a spending addiction,” said McDonald.