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The case against congestion pricing

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Congestion pricing was never a good idea. Now, it’s a terrible idea — one that’s completely unnecessary. Gov. Hochul should stop it dead in its tracks before irreparable harm is done to the city and state.

When congestion pricing narrowly passed in Albany in 2019 — against the wishes of many city and suburban lawmakers of both parties — COVID-19 had not yet struck. The reality on the ground was far different than it is today.

In 2021, New York State’s chief economic engine is critically damaged. Downtown and Midtown Manhattan are shells of what they once were. Offices are empty, storefronts are shuttered, and with the rise of contagious new COVID variants, the future remains terribly uncertain.

Imposing a new tax to enter Manhattan below 60th St. under these circumstances would be a preposterous suggestion anywhere but in tax-mad New York. Why would anyone add an impediment to entering districts we are desperately trying to revive? It would be downright stupid.

At the same time, the very rationale for a congestion pricing tax — more money for the transit system — has been turned on its head. With sufficient political will those dollars could be made available through the federal stimulus........

© NY Daily News

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