Rabbitt: State Budget Tackles MTA Funding; We Must Continue Working To Conduct Forensic Audit & Get Orange & Rockland An Equal Vote
A Statement from Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,C,I-Greenwood Lake)
March 31, 2011
There is no perfect choice in life, or in this year’s state budget. Finally, Albany has started to realize that the state cannot be all things to all people without seriously impairing our future fiscal success and stability. One of the biggest, most onerous weights on the backs of Orange and Rockland residents, businesses, local governments, and schools is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). We need a forensic audit and we need it now. Orange and Rockland counties deserve to have an equal vote on the board since they already are paying a full share of the job-killing payroll tax. Although this budget failed to address these particular concerns, I am pleased that the final agreement eliminates the $100 million MTA “gift” proposed by the executive. This is a step in the right direction; but I will continue to be a strong and persistent voice for my constituents in calling for the payroll tax to be rescinded, a full and equal vote for my counties, and an immediate and independent forensic audit of the MTA.
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