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