Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) issued the following statement in response to Manhattan borough president Scott M. Stringer’s proposal to tax commuters who work in New York City:
“This is more than painful – it’s martyrdom. Connecticut’s commuters have to jump through plenty of hoops already just to work in New York City. First, they have to spend hours on the most antiquated rail line in the country; we all know that the New Haven line is the poor relation of the Metro-North system. Then they have to pay not only a New York state income tax, but also a New York City tax.
“The state of Connecticut must not stand for this. Our commuters put up with enough. Both the administration and the General Assembly must let Mr. Stringer know that Connecticut will do everything possible to oppose and prevent this tax, including imposing its own tax on outbound commuters from New York. I hope we will all come together to stop this outrage.”
Stringer’s proposal would tax anyone who works in New York City and lives anywhere outside its five boroughs. The tax would be imposed at a rate of 0.45 percent on earned income. It would amount to $350 a year on an annual income of $75,000 and $450 on an income of $100,000. Stringer is a candidate for Mayor of New York.