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Legislative 'no' to Paterson soda, cig tax

The State Senate’s Democratic majority doesn’t support Gov. David A. Paterson’s call for a $1-per-pack increase in the cigarette tax and a new levy on sugary soda.
    “We will continue to work toward closing that budget deficit without burdening the people…with taxes,” said Sampson of Brooklyn.
     Asked by Newsday about the soda tax to combat obesity, Sampson said, “We need to deal with this issue but I don’t think the way to deal with it is by taxing. This is something I’m not in favor of.”
     In his 2010-11 budget proposal, Paterson called for raising $465 million through a penny-per-ounce tax on non-diet soda and other sugary beverages.
     Sampson added that he didn’t support increasing the cigarette tax from $2.75 per pack to $3.75, or the highest in the nation.
     Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said it was too early to endorse or dismiss the governor’s tax proposals. “I’m not ready to rule anything out,” he told Newsday.


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