Comptroller candidate and City Councilman John Liu, who's also the chair of the transportation committee, has an idea about why the ill-fated East River bridge tolls were under consideration in the first place.
According to Liu, it's because “large corporate interests” wanted to kill the idea of a payroll tax.
He was speaking at a panel discussion at Baruch last night.
“Let’s get at the heart of the real reason the bridge tolls are on the table,” Liu said. “The real reason the bridge tolls are on the table is because of the large corporate interests that are at play here, who would have totally protested the payroll tax, except that they insisted that bridge tolls be part of the Ravitch Commission’s recommendations. That’s why they’re there.”