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Welcome to NY: We Tax You on Soda, Movies, Ipods, and Everything Else

Calling all New Yorkers I understand times are tough but this is insane; Patterson is calling for 88 new taxes 

Gov Patterson called for new taxes today on:

  • An “iPod tax” that charges state and local sales tax for “digitally delivered entertainment services” – in other words, that new Beyonce song you download.
  • State sales tax at movie theaters, sporting events, taxis, buses, limousines and cable and satellite TV and radio.
  • Costlier driving with the repeal of the 8-cents-per-gallon sales tax cap on motor and diesel motor fuel, plus and increase in the auto rental tax.
  • Tuition increases at SUNY and CUNY, $620 and $600 a year respectively.
  • A 50 cent tax on cigars. The current tax is equal to 37% of the wholesale price, or 34 cents a cigar.
  • No more sales tax break on clothes and shoes worth $110 or less, except during two weeks a year.
  • Higher taxes on wine, beer and flavored malt beverages. He would also impose an 18% tax on non-nutritional drinks like soda.
  • The rich would pay more for luxury items through an additional 5% tax imposed on cars costing more than $60,000, aircraft costing more than $500,000, yachts costing at least $200,000 and jewelry and furs costing in excess of $20,000.
  • In addition, a host of a fees, including those related to motor vehicle licensing and registration, parks and auto insurance
    This is what you call the liberal enterprise at work making sure the state of New York is more friendly to business.  I mean a tax on people attending a movie?  Times are tough and people want to get out a bit and its one of cheapest things in city (still 12.50 a film) and he wants to do this?  i mean how can the average family even take their kids to movie anymore?
    One can only hope this sort of stuff helps Rudy run for office