Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00
Nearly all politicians willing to speak publicly on the recent court decision overturning the MTA payroll tax were pleased with the result. Nor did it break down on partisan lines. Judicial review is part of the governing process in the United States, but if the payroll tax is undesirable, then the ideal place to overturn it is through the legislative process, which has happened in certain elements of the tax. Higher courts, after all, can overturn lower court rulings. Long Island politicians, obviously, have to stand for the interest of local commuters. In doing so, they often run into the voting bloc that is the New York City delegation in the state assembly. The hard work of grass roots politics and old-fashioned arts of persuasion will have to go forward.