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Can we have him back, please?
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#69 May 6, 2009
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#70 May 6, 2009
I'd rather vote for Rudy.
#72 May 6, 2009
The MTA is taxing school districts in the form of a payroll tax. The payroll tax was a Paterson idea and then the liberal senators and assembly men and women caved into this idiot.
#73 May 6, 2009
In all seriousness, I don't think he'd be doing any better. I don't think the answer to NY's budget and economic problems is that the wrong guy is governor. The problems have been mounting for years, and years and years.
Pataki was horrible, but benefitted from an up economy during the 90s boom, and skyrocketing Personal income taxes. He pushed spending way, way up and made some costly long term decisions. The STAR program was popular, obvioulsy, but no expense cuts were ever instituted to fund it. The unions AND the taxpayers were happy back then.
Spitzer --too short in office to have much of an impact, but I thought he was a maniac as AG, an unguided missle who rarely went to court, preferring to intimidate people and embarass them with the power of his office.
Mario Cuomo -- a complete liberal who really ratcheted up the spending (and you can thank him in large part for high Lipa rates today)
Hugh Carey, all the way back.....
It worked while most people were working and paying in. But when 1/5 of the state is now on Medicaid, cops and teachers earn over $100K per year, and get outrageous benefits and pensions on top of it, its no wonder than when the economy breaks and tax receipts plummet, there is a major fiscal crisis.
What makes it worse this time is that it is very unlikely that Wall St. will just bounce back, and state and local tax collections will return to prior levels.
The fiscal/tax crisis in NY will go on for years.
#74 May 6, 2009
MTA has major financial issues so the first thing they need to do is cut expense which they haven't done. On LI you could have started by eliminating the LIRR West hempstead branch, there is already a brahc that goes to Hempstead. riders on tis branch can pickup the train in Hempstead, Lynbrook or Valley Stream with very littel effort.
Subway and bus lines that do not have high ridership should have their schedules reduced. possibly to the point of only operating in the morning and late afternoon and early evening.
All subway, LIRR and Metro-North sopts that have low ridership should be eliminated or schedules reduced.
Let the MTA sell off some of the real estate holdings to raise funds.
I'd be interested to see the expense reports submitted by the board members of the MTA. I bet there are some pretty expensive lunches, dinners, and trips that the tax payers are paying for.
The MTA didn't really make any effort to get some givebacks from the unions. At least Nassau and Suffolk county managed to get some givebacks.
MTA should charge all riders. MTA workers ride for free, police and firemen also ride for free. During hard times everyone should be paying their "fare" share. I have a hard time accepting the fact that my tax money is allowing these people to ride for free.
The MTA Governor Paterson and the liberals of Albany scamed the taxpayers on this MTA bailout.
Bailing out the MTA is as bad as bailing out the banks, insurance companies and the auto industry.
#75 May 6, 2009
Well, if you've seen me here before, you'd know that I advocate contracting out for all personnel services -- conductors, engineers, maintenance, everything.
The main problem, IMO, is out of control compensation, work rules and especially retiree benefits. That's where they spend virtually all their (rather your) money.
#76 May 6, 2009
Jim, last time I checked nobody in the "community" was putting gas in my tank so I could get to work.
#77 May 6, 2009
You probably have to go back to FDR or Dewey to find a good governor. The rest have been just a bunch of party hacks
#78 May 8, 2009
Who do you think is going to pay the school payroll tax? The homeowners!!! So not only is this tax a stupid idea but again the middle class gets screwed. I guess it's time to put the Republicans back in Albany because at least our Nassau legislators were allowed to voice our concerns. Even Senator Skelos was kept out. What a shame. Wasn't this country founded because of taxation without representation.
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