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Editorial: If Indians won't pay tobacco tax, get rid of it

"Gristedes makes a good point in a lawsuit it filed yesterday, nudging Albany to make vendors on Indian reservations pay cigarette taxes: Giving the Indians a free ride on the taxes is not only unfair to other retailers - it's also illegal.

Gov. Pataki decided to ignore that law, telling Indian shopowners they needn't bother.

Pataki has no right to discriminate in favor of the tribes - even if he fears riots like those seen when the state tried to collect taxes on reservations in the '90s.

If Albany won't make tribes pay, it shouldn't make anyone else pay, either. Which raises a better idea for leveling the playing field: Just scrap the tax altogether."

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Editorial: THE INDIAN EXEMPTION (The New York Post 3/21)

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