Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00
The “MTA Payroll Tax,” more accurately known as, “more taxes again,” represents yet another bailout of the MTA, proposed once again by the Democrat-run state legislature. It spells disaster for the Long Island economy, which is already on life support. Despite the fact that businesses large and small are closing in towns all across the Island, this payroll tax puts an added burden on all employers including school districts. I believe the Glen Cove School District has already included it in its budget. This so-called “Payroll Tax” is designed to reach into every layer of Long Island’s population, cutting across all socio-economic lines. It will do this by increasing taxes on your driver’s license and car registration, rents for apartments and homes and through property taxes. As businesses and households are impacted by this tax, it’s fair to assume they will move off Long Island. No one can blame them for preferring to invest their hard earned money in a less parasitic state. As unintended consequences become reality, it’s possible that we’ll see a reduction in our representation in Washington since the House of Representatives is based on population numbers. We’re witnessing a crisis in the making.
The Glen Cove School District believes that the state will reimburse the amount of the tax so the claim has been made that property taxes will not be affected. But according to State Senator Marcellino last week at his Glen Cove Forum, he believes there will be no reimbursement despite the governor’s promise. And it appears that Charles Lavine has conveniently forgotten to tell our school district that the essential language that would provide for the disbursement of money is not included in this insidious tax. And I wonder if Charles Lavine knew this prior to casting his vote in favor of the tax.
Mr. Lavine now has the unenviable distinction of being one of only two Long Island elected officials who voted in favor of the MTA Payroll Tax. I’m left with the impression that he thought very little “of us and about us,” when he cast his vote. I don’t recall Mr. Lavine holding even one town hall meeting to address this crucial issue with his constituents. I also wonder if Mr. Lavine demanded first and foremost that the MTA clean up its unsustainable profligate spending before giving them one cent of our money. I’d like to know if Mr. Lavine and his good friend Sheldon Silver knew that tax money wouldn’t really be reimbursed to Long Island.
And finally, I have a fundamental question about this apparent shell game… why would an honest politician like Mr. Lavine vote for a tax that takes our money through the front door while promising to give it back to us through the back door? Unless, of course, it was never intended to work that way. Just speculating.
Kathleen A. Lappano