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Friday, September 19, 2014

LIA to Manhattan Borough Pres Stringer:Forget CPR on Dead Commuter Tax

LIA President & CEO Kevin Law Slams Proposal as Economic Malpractice

In a letter from Long Island Association President & CEO Kevin Law to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Law sharply criticized a plan to restore a tax on suburbanites who commute to work in New York City.

As New York State tries to create a pro-economic development, business-friendly climate, resurrecting a misguided policy relic from over a decade ago would only serve to hurt the region''s economy and job creation efforts. Law wrote in the letter: "The commuter tax was given a proper burial by the New York State Legislature in 1999. Digging up the past would have a devastating effect on our economic recovery. Government leaders must recognize the enormous amount of positive economic activity that commuters generate in New York City on a daily basis. Attempts to pick the pockets of commuters and to fill city coffers at the expense of the suburbs should be stopped dead in their tracks."

To view complete letter click here.

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