Malloy: Derail idea of NYC commuter tax
In a rare agreement with regional rival Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signaled that he opposes an idea floated by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer to restore New York City's commuter tax on suburban residents.
Malloy spokesman Andrew Doba said Tuesday that Malloy "does not support reinstating the commuter tax, nor does he favor raising any other taxes."
"No one questions the need to fund mass transportation projects throughout our region," Doba said. "But enacting a tax that affects traffic moving in only one direction is unfair."
Christie, appearing at a news conference Tuesday in Bedminster, N.J., called the idea "penny-wise and pound-foolish" and said it would hurt New York's economy -- not to mention hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents who work there.
Stringer's office estimates the tax could generate $725 million a year for regional mass transit.
The Democrat is considered a likely candidate for New York City mayor. The New York legislature eliminated the commuter tax in 1999 after it had been in place for 33 years.
The income tax was paid by commuters who worked in New York City, but lived elsewhere.
Under Stringer's proposal, the tax would be levied at the 1999 rate. That was 0.45 percent for most commuters.