New York lawmakers approved proposals to raise tobacco taxes which will raise the price of cigarettes to over $11 a pack and collect levies on cigarettes sold by American Indians from their reservations to people outside their tribes. The last time New York tried the latter was in the late 1990s, and it met with violent protests. They haven’t tried it since, so you know that they’re getting desperate!
The proposals were part of Governor David Paterson’s 12th consecutive weekly package of emergency spending bills to keep the government operating. The measures are needed as lawmakers and Paterson haven’t agreed on a comprehensive budget that closes a deficit estimated at $9.2 billion when the fiscal year began on April 1.