Issues: Payroll Tax

Zeldin Blasts MTA's Continued Fiscal Mismanagement Following Report by Empire Center for NYS Policy

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) released the following statement in response to a report on MTA payroll by the Empire Center for NYS Policy:

"Once again, a new report has been released highlighting the MTA's continued fiscal mismanagement. This time the issue is with the MTA's payroll. Whether it’s increasing payroll expenses, excessive salaries for administration, or abusive overpayments to employees, the MTA continues to come up short in bringing the expense side of the ledger in line with the revenue side of the ledger.

The MTA blames an arbitrator's award to union members as the cause while completely failing to acknowledge other relevant factors like the fact that top MTA brass and overtime abusers still make over $230,000 per year.

July 13, 2011
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Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York Join Senator Zeldin’s Call on The State Assembly to Pass MTA Payroll Tax Repeal

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) announced today that the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York is supporting his MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation.

S.5596-A/A.8193-A passed the New York State Senate on June 15, 2011, with a bi-partisan vote, 40-22. The bill was introduced in the Assembly by Assemblyman George Latimer (D-Rye). Co-sponsors include Assembly Members Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue), Al Graf (R, C- Holbrook), Dan Losquadro (R, C- Shoreham), Marcus Molinaro (R, I, C-Red Hook), Jim Conte (R, I, C, WF-Huntington Station), Mike Spano (D-Yonkers) and Fred Thiele (I- Sag Harbor).

 The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York released the following statement:

June 21, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin and The National Federation of Independent Businesses Call on The State Assembly to Pass MTA Payroll Tax Repeal

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) and the National Federation of Independent Businesses today continued to keep the pressure on Assembly Majority Speaker Silver in calling for an up or down vote on legislation to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax before the end of session.

S.5596-A/A.8193-A passed the New York State Senate in a bi-partisan vote of 40-22. The bill was introduced in the Assembly by Assemblyman George Latimer (D-Rye). Co-sponsored include Assembly Members Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue), Al Graf (R, C- Holbrook), Dan Losquadro (R, C- Shoreham), Marcus Molinaro (R, I, C-Red Hook), Jim Conte (R, I, C, WF-Huntington Station), Mike Spano(D-Yonkers) and Fred Thiele (I- Sag Harbor).

June 16, 2011
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Senator Fuschillo Votes to Repeal the MTA Payroll Tax

Senator Fuschillo votes to repeal the MTA payroll tax. Senator Fuschillo cosponsored the legislation, which was passed by the New York State Senate on June 15, 2011.

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June 15, 2011
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SENATE PASSES MTA PAYROLL TAX REPEAL

Removing Payroll Tax Burden Will Help Businesses Create Jobs

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5596A/ A.8193A) to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax, easing an enormous financial burden that has caused job losses and hurt businesses across the downstate region. The bill, which has strong support from business organizations including the Business Council of New York State and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, is sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Senator Bill Larkin (R,C - Cornwall-on-Hudson) and other Senators representing the 12-county MTA region.

June 15, 2011
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Senator Greg Ball's floor remarks on legislation to repeal the MTA payroll tax

ALBANY, NY (6/15/2011) – The State Senate acted today to forensically audit the MTA (S4637-A7856) and also passed a proposal that will save payroll taxpayers in New York’s Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District (MTCD) $841 million a year, including an immediate savings of $111.8 million for small businesses and $73 million for schools. The MTA Payroll Tax Repeal (S5596-A8193), announced by Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Patterson) at a press conference last week, will eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for schools and small businesses on January 1, 2012.

June 15, 2011
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Job Killing MTA Payroll Tax Repealed by Senate

Senator Ball’s Call for a Forensic Audit Also Passes

June 15, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO VOTES TO REPEAL MTA PAYROLL TAX

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today voted in favor of legislation to repeal the MTA payroll tax. The legislation, which Senator Fuschillo cosponsored, was approved by the New York State Senate. 

June 15, 2011
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Senate Passes MTA Payroll Tax Repeal

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5596A/ A.8193A) to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax, easing an enormous financial burden that has caused job losses and hurt businesses across the downstate  region.  The bill, which has strong support from business organizations including the Business Council of New York State and the National Federation of Independent Businesses,  is sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) and other Senators representing the 12-county MTA region.  

June 15, 2011
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Bill Spells Death to Job Killing MTA Payroll Tax

Senators Ball and Zeldin announce plan to phase-out MTA Payroll Tax

YORKTOWN, NY (6/8/2011) – It’s a proposal that would save schools and small businesses in New York’s Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District (MTCD) $767.4 million dollars a year. Today, Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Patterson) announced the  details of a bill (S5596-A8193) that would eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for schools and small businesses on January 1, 2012.  The Senator, who was joined by Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C, I-Shirley), released a piece of landmark legislation that would also phase out entirely the MTA Payroll Tax over the next two and a half years throughout Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester, Orange, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

June 15, 2011
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SENATOR ZELDIN AND SENATE COLLEAGUES PASS MTA PAYROLL TAX REPEAL

Removing Payroll Tax Burden Will Help Businesses Create Jobs 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5596A/ A.8193A) to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax, easing an enormous financial burden that has caused job losses and hurt businesses across the downstate region. The bill, which has strong support from business organizations including the Business Council of New York State and the National Federatin of Independent Businesses, is sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) and other Senators representing the 12-county MTA region. 

June 15, 2011
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Senator Flanagan And Senate Colleagues Vote To Repeal MTA Payroll Tax

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today announced that the Senate has passed legislation he sponsored that would repeal the MTA Payroll Tax, easing an enormous financial burden that has caused job losses and hurt businesses across Long Island.  The legislation Senator Flanagan supported, which has strong support from business organizations including the Hauppauge Industrial Association, Business Council of New York State and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, was also sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin (3rd Senate District), Senator Jack Martins (7th Senate District) and other Senators representing the 12-county MTA region.

June 15, 2011
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Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Supports MTA Tax Repeal Legislation

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) and Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council is supporting their MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation (S.5596/A.8193).

The Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council released the following statement:

The metropolitan commuter transportation mobility tax (“MTA tax”) of a .34 percent of a payroll is a onerous burden on Long Island hospitals and health systems, costing more than $10 Million this year. The Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council strongly supports this bill, which would phase out the MTA tax for all employers on Long Island by 2014.

June 14, 2011
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Tax Relief Now Supports MTA Tax Repeal Legislation

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I -Shirley) announced that Tax Relief Now is supporting his MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation (S.5596/A.8193).

Tax Relief Now released the following statement: 

June 14, 2011
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New York State Catholic Conference Supports MTA Tax Repeal Legislation

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) and Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the New York State Catholic Conference is supporting their MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation (S.5596/A.8193).

The New York State Catholic Conference released the following statement:

The above-referenced legislation makes changes to various financing provisions relating to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and in so doing, explicitly exempts public school districts, BOCES, and Special Act School Districts, as well as religious and independent schools from being subject to the MTA payroll tax.

The NYS Catholic Conference strongly supports this measure.

June 14, 2011
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The Empire State Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors Supports MTA Tax Repeal Legislation

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) announced that The Empire State Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors is supporting his MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation (S.5596/A.8193).

The Empire State Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement:

June 13, 2011
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Harry Wilson Endorses MTA Tax Repeal Legislation

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I –Shirley) announced that Harry Wilson, former 2010 candidate for New York State Comptroller and Corporate Restructuring Expert has endorsed his MTA Payroll Tax Repeal legislation (S.5596/A.8193).

Harry Wilson released the following statement:

June 13, 2011
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