Montesano: Bill Ends Tax Discrimination Against Catholic And Non-Public Schools

July 7, 2010

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C- Glen Head) recently voted to approve Assembly bill 11587, which would provide equity to parochial and non-public schools by allowing them to be reimbursed for the cost of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) payroll tax, just as their public schools’ counterparts are. This legislation would place all Long Island elementary and secondary schools on an equal playing field. Officially known as the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax, the MTA payroll tax, which was enacted in May 2009, carries a levy of 34 cents per dollar on the payrolls of school districts, small businesses, and the self-employed in the transit agency’s 12-county service area.

“It is unfair that the residents and businesses of Long Island had additional taxes forced upon them to help underwrite the MTA’s irresponsible spending habits. However, it is even more unjust for this tax to be imposed on our local schools,” said Montesano.

“The passage of this bill would ensure that parochial and non-public Long Island schools are able to protect educational programs, while avoiding layoffs, unnecessary cutbacks, and tuition hikes. I support this important legislation because it will lower costs for our schools and the taxpayers while still committing to a quality education for our children,” said Montesano.