Number blunder puts MTA in deeper hole

The MTA says a massive miscalculation by the state has led to an additional $200 million budget shortfall. Revenue from the payroll tax, a key part of the MTA bailout package, is $200 million below its estimated total amount. That puts the MTA budget $343 million in the red. MTA officials say it was not a miscalculation on their part, rather, it was a mistake made by the state. Riders at the Hicksville train station Tuesday morning told News 12 Long Island they were very angry, but in the end, helpless if the agency decides to raise fares.

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