After his appointed MTA executive director Elliot Sander suggested that a subway and bus fare hike may be possible in 2008, Governor Eliot Spitzer takes up the topic. And the Steamroller says he will do “everything possible” to avoid a hike. Spitzer is not suggesting black magic to help ease an $800 million deficit but - wait, it's a novel idea - to have the state put in more money!
He says, "We will increase state investment in transportation — both capital and operating sides of the budget — because that is the only way to maintain our transportation," but where that increase is coming from is a mystery. Especially as State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that the governor's new budget increases state spending too much to be sustainable.
And many people blame the MTA's poor fiscal situation on former governor George Pataki.