Our Cynicism Rewarded: Albany MTA Plan Still Not Ready
Nonetheless the senate will vote on the plan tomorrow. Some reports continue to predict a swift conclusion to the matter, but we just got a press release from the assembly speaker's office, and it says "Assembly Advances Package To Preserve And Protect The Environment" instead of something about glorious victory on the MTA, so we're guessing a few more days of Doomsday at least.
Update 7:00 p.m.: Just got this: "Speaker Silver to Hold Media Avail Regarding MTA With Governor Paterson And Majority Leader Smith, 7 p.m." Could we be wrong? There's always a first time.
Update 11:00 p.m.: We'll be damned: "Lawmakers Strike Deal to Rescue New York Transit." The deal includes, within the MTA service area, a payroll tax, a 50-cent surcharge on taxi rides, a $25 increase in vehicle-registration fees, a 25-to-30 percent increase in drivers' license fees, and a five percent auto-rental tax. The vote is scheduled for tomorrow.