Hayworth Missing in Action on Expired Mass Transit Tax Benefit

This mass transit tax benefit bill is a no-brainer that I would not only co-sponsor, but lead the fight on. I urge Congressperson Hayworth to co-sponsor and vote to pass the bill immediately.


Nan Hayworth is the only member of New York's GOP delegation from the New York metropolitan region who is not supporting the Commuter Benefits Equity Act to help middle class residents pay their commuting costs. The bill permanently reinstates a law that expired on December 31st that provides middle class families who commute to work a tax break of up to $230/month to offset their Metro North or bus commuting costs. While Nan Hayworth was working to block the extension of the payroll tax cut, she also allowed this vital middle class tax benefit to expire.

Whether it's the payroll tax cut or this commuter tax benefit, Nan Hayworth has made it clear time and time again that she simply isn't interested in providing tax relief to anyone but millionaires and billionaires.

This mass transit tax benefit bill is a no-brainer that I would not only co-sponsor, but lead the fight on. If this tax benefit is not reinstated, commuters will get a better tax break by driving their car to work than by taking mass transit. This is wrong because it encourages our dependence on foreign oil, and adds to air pollution and global warming. We need to encourage the use of mass transit, and to assist those who commute to work.

I urge Congressperson Hayworth to co-sponsor the bill and vote to pass it immediately. If you agree, please call her at her office at 845-206-4600 and urge her to support the bill to give commuters a mass transit tax benefit.

You can see a list of the current co-sponsors here: Commuter Benefits Equity Act of 2011, H.R.2412 : http://1.usa.gov/wewOCT

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John Q. Public January 06, 2012 at 05:43 PM
The problem with Rich Becker is that he supports Obama's definition of "millionaires and billionaires," which applies to most families in Westchester where both parents work. $200,000 is a year is his definition of "millionaire", and that's two teachers or two policeman or two working people. $200,000 a year in Westchester is the equivalent of $87,000 in Nebraska. Becker and Obama don't get this basic point. Becker supports all sorts of giveaways for people who don't pay much tax to begin with. How does he plan on funding his selective Santa Claus programs? Taxing the heck out of everyone in his district that works hard.
John J. Timmel January 06, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Should a national government that has run up a $15 trillion national debt and is functionally bankrupt be subsidizing people's commuter expenses? Since when has that become an obligation of the federal government? Dr. Becker sure does love to give away borrowed money, just like Obama, Reid and Pelosi. Just for once, I would like to hear his proposals for reducing the size and cost of the bloated federal bureaucracy. It's easy to give away money that you don't have to buy votes, Dr. Becker. Washington is filled with politicians who have made that their whole career. What we want - what we need - are politicians who will say NO to spending and who will fight to reduce the budget, not increase it. That is what the 2010 election was all about. If you operated your medical practice as you propose to run the federal government, you would be out of business in six months.
Peter Goodson January 07, 2012 at 12:08 AM
JQP hit it. Becker thinks he's Santa Claus. Giveaway unimaginable benefits, no thought as to how to fund them, except class warfare. His campaign is nothing but rhetorical cliches, no serious thought.


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