Hochul’s congestion pricing bungle

In Case You Missed It, we want to make sure you saw this piece in today’s Daily News:

The New York Daily News
By Christian Browne
June 12, 2024

Praising, even faintly, Gov. Hochul’s purported “indefinite pause” on congestion pricing is like praising the inventors of New Coke for deciding to pull it from the shelves.

Hochul spent her tenure lamely trying to sell the scheme at press conferences at which she spouted climate change bromides that appeal to the activist class. Never was there substantial public support for the plan and, incredibly, it did not dawn upon our political establishment that imposing a huge toll upon an already highly-taxed populace would face concerted opposition.

Congestion pricing would be a tough sell even for talented politicians. Nonetheless, having passed it into law, to build public support, the governor and the mayor could have unveiled a concrete plan for the reform of the distrusted MTA, demonstrating ways in which the agency would reduce its operating expenses in return for the new revenue source.

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