Opinion: Taxing questions about tobacco sales on reservation
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2012
"The state years ago came up with the idea to tax cigarettes sold on Indian reservations. For a long time that idea was stymied by a very simple and inevitable question that had to be answered before implementing the plan: How?
You can’t tax Indians on their sovereign land, but not everyone buying cigarettes on a reservation is a member of a tribe. Figuring out how to tax some smokers and not others proved to be a difficult challenge.
So governors before Andrew M. Cuomo did the smart thing. Very little."
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Taxing questions about Indian cigarette sales
(The Watertown Daily Times 5/16)
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