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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…….