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Posts Tagged ‘Gov. Patterson’

Cigarette Tax Will Mean $10 Packs. New York Promotes Indian Givers

June 20, 2010

MYFOXNY.COM – Almost $11 for a pack of cigarettes? It might soon become a very real reality in many stores in New York City.

The cigarette tax in New York would jump $1.60 a pack under a tentative deal struck between Governor David Paterson and state government leaders.

The proposal is part of an emergency budget bill which is due for a vote on Monday.

In the city, which levies steep taxes of its own on tobacco products, a pack of cigarettes would come with a tax of $5.85, making it the nation’s first city to break $5.

By at least one estimate, half the cigarettes consumed in New York are purchased from Native Americans who don’t collect and pay state taxes.

A new proposal would attempt to limit the number of cigarettes purchased from tribes. Gov Patterson is an Indian Giver…….

  

 

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Chaos, Anarchy To Reign If Paterson Shuts Down NY.Don’t Bet On It

June 11, 2010

Chaos and anarchy. That’s what New York Gov. David Paterson is warning if he’s forced to shut down the government in a few days.

The New York  state Legislature, now deadlocked for 71 days on the budget, are ready to take down the “big tent” and bring state government to a standstill. At least that’s what Paterson thinks.

“No one knows the full ramifications of a government shutdown,” said Paterson. “It would create unimaginable chaos around the state and the greater metropolitan areas.”

Such chaos includes closing all state parks, motor vehicles offices, courts, and even the lottery. Public assistance payments would not be made and unemployment payments might also be held up.

Don’t bet on Paterson shutting down the government. And if they did, maybe not that many people  would care…