senate Bill S4774

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to the Metropolitan commuter transportation mobility tax and to the imposition of certain bridge tolls

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S4774 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8185
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Law Section:
Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §800, Tax L; amd §28, NYC Chart

S4774 - Bill Texts

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Relates to eliminating the Metropolitan commuter transportation mobility tax in certain counties and authorizing the imposition of certain bridge tolls by the city of New York.

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BILL NUMBER:S4774

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the tax law, in relation to the Metropolitan commuter
transportation mobility tax and to amend the New York city charter, in
relation to the imposition of certain bridge tolls

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To remove the Metropolitan commuter transportation mobility tax,
better known as the MTA payroll tax, from Dutchess, Orange, Putnam,
Suffolk, Rockland, Nassau and Westchester counties and authorize the
revenue to be replaced by tolls on the Brooklyn, Manhattan,
Williamsburg and Queensboro bridges over the East river.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends subsection (a) of section 800 of the tax law, as
added by section 1 of part C of chapter 25 of the laws of 2009 to
exclude the counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Suffolk, Rockland,
Nassau and Westchester from the definition of the Metropolitan
commuter transportation district for purposes of the metropolitan
commuter transportation mobility tax.

Section 2: Amends section 28 of the New York city charter by adding a
new subdivision h to authorize the New York City Council to establish
tolls on Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Queensboro bridges
over the East River, for the purpose of providing an additional
dedicated source of funding for the Metropolitan Transportation
Authority.

Section 3: Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
The highly partisan, one vote margin which enacted the MTA tax in the
Senate in 2009 is evidence of the divisive nature of this
unreasonable tax from day one. Now, two years later, the MTA has not
demonstrated it is any more efficient or effective in providing
services to the Hudson Valley and Long Island area, which bears a
disproportionate share of the cost of operating the MTA, versus the
services received.

The MTA payroll tax amounts to taxation without transportation. It is
an unwarranted burden on small businesses in the lower Hudson Valley
and Long Island for which they, in particular the Hudson Valley,
receive little or no benefits from. Property taxpayers have also been
impacted by this tax, because property taxpayers have to contribute
to localities, who are subject to the payroll tax.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
The repeal of the Metropolitan commuter transportation mobility tax in
Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Suffolk, Rockland, Nassau and Westchester
counties will have a negative impact on revenues to the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority. However, this will be able to be offset by


revenues from tolls on the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and
Queensboro bridges if the New York City Council authorizes the same.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act would take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4774

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 20, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. BONACIC, BALL, LARKIN, SALAND, ZELDIN -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Investigations and Government Operations

AN ACT to amend the tax law, in relation to  the  Metropolitan  commuter
  transportation mobility tax and to amend the New York city charter, in
  relation to the imposition of certain bridge tolls

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 800 of the tax law, as  added  by
section  1  of  part  C of chapter 25 of the laws of 2009, is amended to
read as follows:
  (a) Metropolitan commuter transportation  district.  The  metropolitan
commuter  transportation  district  ("MCTD") means the area of the state
included in the district created and governed by section twelve  hundred
sixty-two  of  the public authorities law, BUT EXCLUDING THE COUNTIES OF
DUTCHESS, ORANGE, PUTNAM, SUFFOLK, ROCKLAND, NASSAU AND WESTCHESTER.
  S 2. Section 28 of the New York city charter is amended  by  adding  a
new subdivision h to read as follows:
  H. FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING AN ADDITIONAL STABLE AND RELIABLE
DEDICATED  FUNDING  SOURCE FOR THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES TO  PRESERVE,  OPERATE  AND  IMPROVE
ESSENTIAL TRANSIT AND TRANSPORTATION SERVICES IN THE METROPOLITAN COMMU-
TER  TRANSPORTATION  DISTRICT,  THE  COUNCIL  IS AUTHORIZED TO ESTABLISH
TOLLS ON THE FOLLOWING BRIDGES OVER THE EAST RIVER:   BROOKLYN,  MANHAT-
TAN, WILLIAMSBURG AND QUEENSBORO BRIDGES. THE RECEIPT OF REVENUES GENER-
ATED FROM SUCH TOLLS, IS AUTHORIZED TO BE TRANSMITTED BY THE CITY TO THE
METROPOLITAN  TRANSPORTATION  AUTHORITY FOR SUCH PURPOSES.  IN THE EVENT
THAT ANY OR ALL OF SUCH BRIDGES ARE CONVEYED,  THE  DEED  OF  CONVEYANCE
SHALL INCLUDE A PROVISION RESERVING SUCH RECEIPTS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION
USES WITHIN THE CITY OF NEW YORK.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08935-01-1

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