Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dropped something of a bombshell this morning at a breakfast hosted by City Hall news, declaring his personal support of the commuter tax and saying he'd be willing to pass it in his Democrat-dominated house.
Silver Open To Reviving Commuter Tax
That should come as music to the ears of Silver's frequent political foe, Mayor Bloomberg, who just announced yet another round of budget cuts and could certainly use the extra revenue.
The one caveat: Silver said the GOP-controlled Senate would have to take the lead on this, which seems highly unlikely since Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has made it clear he opposes any and all tax increases.
In addition, it was Skelos who sponsored the 1999 legislation to repeal the commuter tax in the first place. He called the matter "an issue of fairness" at the time.
Bloomberg is waiting for things to change.