Skelos Angry About All Things Tax-Related

ALBANY—Complaining that he and his members have been “shut out” of negotiations regarding the budget, M.T.A. deficit and federal stimulus, Dean Skelos at a press conference decried the “rush to tax” he sees Democrats pushing.
Skelos said he hoped that any rescue package for the M.T.A. would include “parity” for upstate regions, but said he opposed tolling bridges, opposed a region-wide payroll tax or, as one of his members suggested to me, a reinstatement of the commuter tax.
When asked where he would get money, Skelos said that a plan to “collect cigarette taxes” is already in place. He was also asked to clarify his position on federal stimulus funds, which he said yesterday should be appropriated with regional balance and still be done quickly.

Skelos Angry About All Things Tax-Related