Another Imperfect Senate M.T.A. Plan, With a Key Difference: It Might Pass

ALBANY—The State Senate’s second publicly presented plan to provide revenue to the M.T.A. is getting a better reception, at least, than the dead-on-arrival program they introduced last month.
If Majority Leader Malcolm Smith is to be believed, it might actually pass the chamber.
Smith told reporters, at a press conference about rules reform, “We will have 32 votes to pass an M.T.A. plan.”
He was asked where the votes would come from.
“From the Senate,” he replied, unspecifically.
Some members of his conference remain opposed to one component of the plan–the payroll tax on businesses in the 12-county service area, which is projected to raise $1.