Once Again, Commuter Tax Pondered

It's been nine years since the state legislature put an end to the tax on out-of-towners, but could the commuter tax have a second life? That was a question posed by the council finance committee yesterday.

Here's how the mayor's budget director, Mark Page responded.

PAGE: I think certainly we would be ready, willing and eager to pursue a renewal of the commuter tax. I don't know what odds I'd give for the success at this point.

REPORTER: But the council's finance committee chair David Weprin was more optimistic, saying the commuter tax could raise $700 million in its first year of renewal, and was certainly worth another push.