Curran On MTA Payroll Tax Repeal: Full-Speed Ahead

Pressures leadership to bring repeal to Assembly floor before close of session
June 16, 2011

Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook – 14th A.D.) today strongly urged his Assembly colleagues to bring a repeal of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) payroll tax to a vote before the end of session. The tax, instituted in 2009 as part of a multibillion-dollar bailout of the troubled transit agency, was immediately criticized for its burden on schools and small businesses.

“This is a job-killing tax and its repeal is long overdue,” said Curran. “Thankfully, the Senate has taken the lead in doing the sensible thing and repealed the MTA payroll tax. The Assembly should get on board and do the same as soon as possible.”

According to the state Senate’s legislation, the MTA payroll tax on businesses would be completely phased out by 2014. The payroll tax on public and private schools, however, would be immediately repealed.

“Schools and small-business job creators have paid for the MTA’s dysfunction long enough. This tax needs to be repealed as soon as possible so the people of Nassau County no longer have to foot the bill for another wasteful bureaucracy,” said Curran.