What's good for the goose may not be good for the gander - the New York Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the city of New York must tax every one of its commuters, or none at all. By repealing the commuter tax, the city stands to lose a $360 million revenue stream.
As a consequence, the New York State Legislature must determine how to fill the void caused by the huge loss.
The Court also held on Federal constitutional grounds that if the tax is not imposed on anyone who commutes in-state, then it cannot impose the tax on anyone who commutes out-of-state.
The argument in favor of keeping the tax is based on the idea that people who commute into the city benefit from other city services offered to them, without having to pay tax on services like gasoline, sales and unearned income.