Top N.Y. lawmaker rejects call to delay Indian tax
Thursday, January 29, 2004

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno (D) rejected Gov. George Pataki's request to delay imposing the state's sales tax on Indian businesses.

Pataki, a Republican, said he wants to avoid confrontations with tribal members, who shut down a major highway when state taxation was last proposed. Some say Pataki, in particular, is worried about what might happen during the Republican National Convention, which will be held in New York City starting August 30.

Meanwhile, a group called Fair Application of Cigarette Taxes is urging Pataki to start collecting taxes on the sale of goods to non-Indians. The group claims 2,000 jobs will be created.

Get the Story:
Jobs cited in push to tax reservation sales (The Buffalo News 1/28)
Group pushes state to tax Indian sales (The Albany Times-Union 1/28)

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