New York lawmakers press state taxation on tribes

Two New York lawmakers have introduced a bill to force the state to collect state taxes on reservations.

State Sen. Nicholas Spano (R) and Assemblyman Bill Magee (D) claim a billion dollars is being lost on sales by Indian-owned businesses. They say the state can impose taxes on cigarettes and gasoline sold to non-Indians.

Gov. George Pataki (R) has refused to collect any tax and the courts have said the state's executive branch has discretion to do so. Earlier this year, he delayed indefinitely a reservation tax plan.

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Lawmakers resume push to collect tax on N.Y. reservations (Gannett News Service 4/28)
CNY legislators push for Indian sales tax (The Syracuse Post-Standard 4/28)
Push on to get Indian sales tax (The Albany Times-Union 4/28)
Under fire over revenue (Newsday 4/28)