UPDATED 8:05 AM PT — Wednesday, April 3, 2019
A mayor in New Jersey is suggesting a commuter tax on New York City residents in retaliation for the Big Apple imposing fees on drivers coming from his state.
This week, Jersey City mayor Steve Fulop suggested implementing a commuter tax on New York City residents leaving the city. This appears to be a rebuttal to New York approving plans to use automated license plate readers to impose fees on drivers entering Manhattan from New Jersey during rush-hour traffic.
Fulop slammed the measure for taking money from New Jersey drivers to pay for subway improvements in New York City.
“We don’t see any incentives there for drivers,” explained Robert Sinclair, spokesman for the American Auto Association. “They’re still punishing their vehicles on bad roads and yet being asked to pay for the bulk of the funding to fix the subways and the commuter railroads.”
Fulop said both states should have a “regional conversation” to work out a long-term transportation agreement.
In the meantime, lawmakers are still working out how much money to tax commuters in New York City, with the policy expected to take affect by 2021.