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(WSJ) — A suburban rebellion is brewing against the payroll tax that was the centerpiece of last summer’s bailout of the MTA.

State senate candidates in the suburbs—especially on Long Island—have made the payroll tax dedicated to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority a focus of their campaigns. Meanwhile, suburban counties are filing lawsuits that argue the tax is unconstitutional. Revenue from the tax accounts for $1.3 billion of the agency’s projected $12 billion 2011 budget.

“Out here on the East End of Long Island people rely a lot less on” the MTA, said Smithtown attorney Lee Zeldin, a Republican trying to unseat Sen. Brian Foley. “That’s why there’s so much resentment.”

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