Tue, 12/16/2008 - 12:01am by LibertySugar
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Tough times have hit state governments, and as a result New York's Gov. Paterson plans to put his state's budget on a diet by cutting funding of education and health care. But he's also hoping lean measures can raise money — the governor wants to tax non-diet soda, that he claims will bring in $404 million for the state.
Other revenue-raising ideas include: requiring new license plates, reinstating sales tax on clothing purchases, and requiring Indian retailers to collect taxes on sales to non-Indians. Paterson has to get creative if he wants to reduce the $12.5 billion state budget deficit.
If New York is going to tax soda, should it just go all the way and tax regular and diet?
Someone on my flist had this as an entry and I had to read some articles for myself. Really, Pat? REALLY?
EDIT (10:04 PM): I found some more info on this whole tax deal from here. Gov. Paterson's also going for these items (taken from the second linked source): "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." And in this article, it looks like he's gunning for digital media marketplaces (iTunes, Zune, and Rhapsody, to name a few), too.
EDIT II (10:44 PM): Thanks to lone_concertina, here are all the proposed taxes in, like, one shot lol.