The Washington Post reports that commuter benefits for federal workers may drop from $230 to $125. The tax breaks are set to expire and union reps argue that by extending the tax credits, more workers would be encouraged to use public transportation. The Post states:
“The mass transit commuter benefit provides much needed relief in the form of reduced commuting costs for many working people, including tens of thousands of federal employees that rely on public transportation to get to and from work,” National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen M. Kelley said late Wednesday. “Many of these employees, already subject to a two-year pay freeze, are struggling in the current economic climate, and a reduction in these benefits would impose a severe financial burden on them.”
Will see how this unfolds in congress and if the benefits are extended. With tight budgets all around, not suprising to see this kind of benefit on the chopping block.
Do you use public transit? Are you concerned with the decrease in benefits?
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