LOHUD COMMUNITY VIEW: STORY ON MTA TAX DEAL WAS PARTISAN HIT PIECE

Written by: GREG BALL

Re “MTA tax deal left some out,” April 28 “Tax Watch” column by David McKay Wilson:

On March 2, at the Bedford Hills Train Station, I held a press conference with my legislative colleague Sen. Lee Zeldin, R-Shirley. The senator drove from Long Island, and I from Albany, to alert taxpayers and the media that while the MTA payroll tax had been repealed for many, some would still be forced to pay.

We pled with the press and the community to remain vigilant in fighting for a full and final repeal of this horrific tax. The event was covered by several local outlets, yet The Journal News was a no-show.

While it was a great achievement to repeal the MTA payroll tax for 80 percent of those suffering from its burden, we never accepted the important mission of a full repeal as complete. Indeed, the reason we held the press conference, literally days after the initial repeal, was to enlist the press in our overall and continuing efforts for a full repeal.

Your subsequent Tax Watch column was simply uncalled for. Sadly, your partisan columnist, who unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat for town supervisor of Carmel in 2009, in the heart of my district, has now used your paper to deliver an unnecessarily petty hit piece.

The facts are clear. It is my bill, S4716A, that would fully repeal the MTA payroll tax. I have also introduced S6597, legislation that would phase out the MTA tax for hospitals and not-for-profit corporations.

I have also introduced S7165, legislation that will repeal the MTA payroll tax for those who are self-employed, as we did for businesses earlier this year. Also do not forget that, at my urging, the MTA tax was repealed for libraries in the 2012-2013 budget.

In the future, please at least give the facts a passing glance, as inconvenient as they may be to the construction of a partisan hit piece, when your Democratic operative columnist is assembling his next grand delusion wrapped in your masthead.

The writer, a Republican from Patterson, is a member of the state Senate.

About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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