Silver supports reinstating commuter tax

September 26, 2008 2:17:50 PM PDT
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver supports bringing back the New York City commuter tax he helped eliminate in 1999.But a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Long Island Republican, says the GOP is opposed to any tax increases.

Silver spokesman Daniel Weiller says the speaker supports the concept of the tax, but hasn't presented a specific proposal. He had no comment Friday on why the Manhattan Democrat has changed his position.

The state Legislature and Gov. George Pataki did away with the tax in 1999, much to the dismay of then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed taxing commuters' incomes to help close the city's budget gap, but so far hasn't swayed Albany lawmakers.

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