After signing an executive order this morning, Michael Bloomberg fielded a question from a reporter about the new M.T.A. fare hike, and whether the state might force the city to put more money in the M.T.A. budget.
“There is certainly not going to be more money coming from the city," Bloomberg said. "We don’t have it. If the state mandated that we had to put more money in, we’d have to raise city taxes."
Bloomberg said revenue has to be found elsewhere and suggested the state collect taxes from cigarettes sold on Indian reservations.
Funding mass transit, of course, it something of a sensitive issue with the mayor because of his failed congestion pricing plan.