Lawmaker wants lower MTA payroll tax for LI

Some Suffolk lawmakers are trying to get the MTA?s payroll tax reduced for Long Island, arguing local businesses should not have to pay as much as city dwellers.

The tax, passed during the MTA?s budget crisis earlier this year, charges all businesses in the New York City region 34 cents for every $100 paid to employees. State Sen. Brian Foley (D-Patchogue) is proposing a bill reducing that tax to 11 cents for Suffolk and 22 cents for Nassau.

MTA Board member Mitch Pally says if Long Island's payroll tax contribution is reduced, the area will get fewer mass transit opportunities.

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