June 10 - As the 2011 legislative session winds down in Albany, state lawmakers from Westchester and Putnam counties and Long Island have joined in a bipartisan push to phase out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority payroll tax for employers outside New York City, calling it an “ill-conceived” and “onerous” jobs-killer that has stymied business growth.
State Sen. Greg Ball, the Republican from Patterson and a co-prime sponsor of the Senate bill, said the proposal to eliminate the tax in phases over 2 ½ years recognized “the $1.3-billion hole” that its repeal will leave in the budget of the MTA. Some previous repeal efforts in Albany “were more political than substantive,” he said.
“There’s a real brewing push to absolutely see if not an immediate, a phased repeal of the payroll tax,” Ball said. “I think we have to push ahead to get a common-sense solution passed.”
“I believe that of all the bills you see here, this one has the highest likelihood of being the final bill that reaches the greatest consensus,” he said.