TRENTON — Republican Senators representing districts with large numbers of New York City commuters have sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressing their strong opposition to any effort to restore a 0.45% income tax on New Jersey commuters working in New York City.
The proposal to bring back the “commuter tax”, which was abolished in 2000, has been floated by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, a 2013 mayoral candidate. Proceeds from the levy would be to fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
“The tens of thousands of New Jersey residents that commute each day pump millions of dollars into New York City’s economy. These workers are a net benefit to city coffers; paying income taxes to the city and state of New York without availing themselves of most city services that are used by residents,” the lawmakers wrote. “Balancing the city’s budget on the backs of these commuters is both unjust and shortsighted.”
The letter was signed by state Senators Tom Kean, Jr., Kevin O’Toole, Anthony Bucco, Christopher Bateman, Jennifer Beck, Gerald Cardinale, Joe Kyrillos and Joe Pennacchio.