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Silver Won't Block Senate MTA Plan

Friday, April 24, 2009

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he won't block the state Senate's plan to bail out the MTA. The Senate's version has come under intense criticism because it adds a dollar surcharge on cab rides in the region, and devotes half of that money to improving roads and bridges on Long Island and upstate.

SILVER: I don't believe that the MTA plan rises or falls on that particular 50 cents. What is necessary to get the majority of votes in the Senate is what's important.

Silver says the cab surcharge is just a small part of the overall MTA rescue plan. It also includes a payroll tax on employers in the MTA region, higher DMV fees and a higher car rental tax.

Senate Democrats introduced the bill today and plan to vote on it Tuesday. It's unclear if it has enough votes to pass.

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