Skip to comments.Gov. David Paterson unveils dire New York State budget that includes new taxes, layoffs and cuts
Posted on 12/16/2008 7:44:18 PM PST by NYTexan
ALBANY - Gov. Paterson's proposed $121 billion budget hits New Yorkers in their iPods - and nickels-and-dimes them in lots of other places, too.
Trying to close a $15.4 billion budget gap, Paterson called for 88 new fees and a host of other taxes, including an "iPod tax" that taxes the sale of downloaded music and other "digitally delivered entertainment services."
"We're going to have to take some extreme measures," Paterson said Tuesday after unveiling the slash-and-burn budget.
The proposal, which needs legislative approval, did not include broad-based income tax increases, but relied on smaller ones to raise $4.1 billion from cash-strapped New Yorkers.
Movie tickets, taxi rides, soda, beer, wine, cigars and massages would be taxed under Paterson's proposal. It also extends sales taxes to cable and satellite TV services and removes the tax exemption for clothes costing less than $110.
"The governor is nickel-and-diming working class families," said Ron Deutsch, executive director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, an advocacy group.
(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...
The gov was considering a boner tax but...
Lots of opportunities in Texas!
The blind leading the blind.
50 cent tax on cigars......Bill better stock up while he can. ;)
Spitzer paid that in advance...
Another state the liberals have ran into the ground - hey, there’s a pattern forming here.
Atta goin’, BB!
Get him down here where conservatives are respected and
the economy is MUCH better!
Come on down, Rus. I have been after you for sooo long! LOL!
Geeze, I will never learn to put the drink down before reading.
I am glad you moved here, too! :D
Patterson also wants an “obesity” tax on soda, according to
another New Yorker that I know. Geez!
NY State is on a bobsled ride to hell...
Y’all get out before they close the exits!
It won’t be any better when another Kennedy or Cuomo become
Hitlery’s replacement either!
Glad you were smart! :D
I am headed for Dallas in January
Atlas is shrugging coast to coast. Will the sheep accept such fleecing? That is the question. Why does government never decrease?
Did y’all read the comment section at the article? Someone cursed NY by wishing that there would be a tax on each sheet of toilet paper used!!! LOL!! No one will be able to ‘spare a square’, if you remember this old Seinfeld reference! :-)
NY,... the city must have 10 million people on the dole, probably half of them illegal aliens ...
NY is doomed.
The donkeys are even gong after the Indians again...if they resist we may just have that general uprising...
Any taxes on “circus tickets?”
I’ll need a lot of popcorn!
Did ya mean passes to the legislature?
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