A Reversal for the MTA

       I’ve written several times (as have other people and newspapers and bloggers) about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its many financial problems, including a projected $2 billion budget shortfall, $7 billion operating loss in 2008, fare increases, and the payroll tax imposed on employers, prompting several counties to say they would secede fromMTA, and the Doomsday Budget?  Well, it seems that the rebellion against the payroll tax has…well, paid off.  

       Governor Cuomo has signed legislation the eliminates the MTA payroll tax on the 400,000+ self-employed residents of New York, as well as on small businesses with annual payrolls of less than $1.25 million.  And that’s almost 40,000 small businesses in the 12-county MTA region!  So how will MTA make up for the lost revenue?  Increase taxes on the wealthy, according to an agreement between Governor Cuomo and the state legislature. 

       I’ve got a better idea.  Why don’t we try running the MTA as a business.  The guiding accounting rule is pretty simple:  Black is good.  Red is bad…  

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

Nathan Hale

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