Poll: Voters Want To Keep MTA Payroll Tax

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Despite all the complaints from businesses and opposition from some suburban lawmakers, voters would rather keep the payroll tax on businesses in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority region rather than dump it, a Quinnipiac University poll today found.

Forty-two percent of voters said the MTA tax should remain the same, 26 percent said it should be eliminated and 13 percent wanted it increased.

But the numbers are much different in the New York City suburbs — which along with businesses in New York City are hit with the tax to subsidize transit costs. The suburban areas that pay the tax include Long Island and Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.

By a 40 percent to 33 percent margin, suburban voters want the tax axed.

Suburban lawmakers in the state Senate have rallied to repeal the tax, which was implemented in 2009 to bail out the MTA. In fact, the repeal passed the Republican-led Senate in June, but any effort to dump the tax in Democratic-led Assembly has stalled.

Another MTA question in the poll: Voters by a 48 percent to 44 percent margin don’t think the state should provide additional money to the MTA.

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