For years, I have been demanding the need for a forensic audit of the MTA. Under intense public pressure, the Comptroller commenced a forensic audit in 2010. In the first of a series of reports to be issued by the Comptroller, he points to abuse, manipulation of the system, inflated salaries and pensions, and supervisors signing their own attendance records. Is anyone surprised? Given the history of fiscal mismanagement of the MTA, I’m willing to bet this first audit is the tip of the iceberg. And I’m not a betting man. Perhaps if the Comptroller unearths enough abuse, MTA will at long last be forced to clean up its act, stop wasting our tax dollars, and be forced to live without the payroll tax.
The Business Council of New York State named Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) as one of the top pro-jobs supporters in the state legislature as part of its 2011 Voters’ Guide.
The Business Council of New York State recently released its 2011 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State Legislators’ commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2011 session.
In Nassau County, Governor Signs Legislation to Cut Taxes For More Than 700,000 Small Businesses and Self-Employed New Yorkers
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today traveled to West Hempstead, Nassau County, to sign a new law that will reduce the MTA payroll tax, providing relief for more than 290,000 small businesses and more than 410,000 self-employed New Yorkers. The tax reduction is part of the Governor's comprehensive plan, passed by the legislature last week, to create jobs and cut taxes for middle class New Yorkers, and revitalize the state's economy.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced that they have reached a proposed three-way agreement on legislative and executive proposals to create jobs and cut taxes for middle class New Yorkers. The agreement includes support for a comprehensive New York Works Agenda that will create thousands of jobs with new investments in New York's infrastructure, passing a fair tax reform plan that achieves the first major restructuring of the tax code in decades resulting in a tax cut for 4.4 million middle class New Yorkers taxpayers, approving $50 million in additional relief for areas devastated by recent floods, and reducing the MTA payroll tax to provide relief for small businesses.
Bill Cuts Taxes for 4.4 Million New Yorkers; Repeals MTA Payroll Tax for Most Businesses; Reduces Taxes on Manufacturers; Invests in Job Creation & Retention
(12/07/11) - The New York State Senate today passed the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan that will reduce taxes for millions of hardworking, middle-class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than half a century. In addition, the comprehensive plan will help strengthen our economy and create new jobs by eliminating the job-killing MTA payroll tax for more than 78 percent of the small employers that pay the tax. The plan will provide a total of more than $3.3 billion in tax relief to individuals and businesses.
MTA’s spending to be capped: Stop them in their tracks
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) introduced legislation this week to eliminate the MTA payroll tax, roll back the supplemental registration and license fees on motor vehicles and reduce scheduled MTA fare increases.
In 2009, Saland and his Senate Republican colleagues railed against the MTA bail-out plan that imposed a job-killing payroll tax on employers in the MTA region and increased motor vehicle license and registration fees. Vowing to right the wrong supported by the previous State Democrat leadership, the Senate Republicans successfully fought to reduce the payroll tax on 80% of businesses and all schools and libraries.
The MTA’s July 1st cry of unfairness in response to the Poughkeepsie Journal’s June 23rd Editorial “Dissolve the MTA and Start Fresh” has made it abundantly clear that the leadership at the MTA just doesn’t get it. In response Senator Saland said, “The only time the word “unfair” should be used in relation to the MTA is when we are talking about the treatment of taxpayers and transit riders who are continually called upon to support the MTA’s ever increasing appetite for spending”. In addition to legislation introduced in June, 2012 (S.