March 5, 2014
Press Release: LIA to NYC Council Speaker: Keep Dead Commuter Tax in the Cemetery
By: Matthew Cohen
Long Island Association to New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito: Keep Dead Commuter Tax in the Cemetery
LIA President & CEO Kevin Law Slams Proposal to revive unfair Commuter Tax
In a letter from Long Island Association President & CEO Kevin Law to New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, 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 negative effect on our economic recovery. Government leaders must recognize the enormous amount of positive economic activity that commuters generate inNew York Cityon a daily basis. Attempts to resurrect this tax should be stopped in their tracks".
The commuter tax is the wrong approach for New York. Economic growth and new jobs are created by cutting taxes; not raising them on thousands of employees from Long Island and the metropolitan downstate region in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. "Hard-working Long Islanders should not be penalized for working across the Nassau/Queens border. Our region is strengthened when we work together" said Law, "it shouldn''t be the city vs. the suburbs; it should be the city and the suburbs!"
The Long Island Association (LIA) is the leading business organization in the Long Island region. Founded in 1926, the primary mission of the LIA is to support growth, economic development and infrastructure investments on Long Island in order to create more jobs and more rental housing and to advocate for tax and regulatory relief and reform, to improve the local economy and strengthen our business community.
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