Paterson rejects MTA compromise

March 17, 2009 3:26:56 PM PDT
Gov. David Paterson is rejecting a compromise offered by the Senate's Democratic majority to avoid steep increases in New York City transit fares. Now the Democratic governor says he will reach out to Republican senators, who are desperate to show up the Democrats who took the majority just three months ago.

Paterson and the Senate Democrats are so far apart a week before a deadline to bail out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that they claimed each other's math was wrong.

The Senate plan includes a tax of 25 cents per $100 of payroll, which is about 25 percent less than recommended by a state panel to deal with the MTA's deficit. It would also increase commuter fares 4 percent, down from a proposed 8 percent.


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