Posted by: audreybenenati | January 29, 2010

Paterson again pushes for taxing Indian-sold cigarettes

Critics of governor’s plan doubt any action will be taken



Posted Jan 19, 2010 @ 09:45 PM

Will the state finally ensure taxes are collected on cigarettes sold by Indian enterprises to non-Indians?

Gov. David Paterson announced during his budget address Tuesday that he is moving forward with an initiative to make that happen in about six months.

Paterson said he respects the sovereignty of Indian nations and is willing to negotiate an agreement, but action has to be taken because the current setup is resulting in businesses suffering and closing because they can’t compete.

“The local businesses in New York state need parity,” Paterson said.
But many local officials question whether Paterson’s statements will actually result in the tax collection.

On Dec. 15, 2008, Paterson arrived in Utica to sign a bill into law designed to enforce the tax collection. A court injunction followed, and the state backed off the plan.

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