Budget Agreement Reached to Eliminate $1.3 Billion in ‘Nuisance Taxes’

March 11, 2009
“The Assembly has reached an agreement with the Senate and governor to reject a series of taxes – first proposed in the executive budget – that would have nickel-and-dimed New York’s working families in a worsening economy.

I’ve heard from constituents in every corner of my district who are concerned with these proposed taxes. Their message to me was loud and clear and I carried it to Albany every day. Clearly this is no time to create additional burdens for families struggling every day to make ends meet.

There is more work to be done, and I will continue to advocate ensuring the final budget meets the needs of North Country’s working families.”

Proposed taxes rejected by this agreement:

  • sales tax on cable and satellite television (2009-10 Savings: $136 million, 2010-11 Savings: $180 million);

  • capital improvement tax (2009-10 Savings: $120 million, 2010-11 Savings: $160 million);

  • sales tax on personal services (2009-10 Savings: $78 million, 2010-11 Savings: $104 million);

  • sales tax on entertainment-related spending (2009-10 Savings: $53 million, 2010-11 Savings: $70 million);

  • sales tax on digital downloads (2009-10 Savings: $15 million, 2010-11 Savings: $20 million);

  • sales tax on store coupons (2009-10 Savings: $3 million, 2010-11 Savings: $3 million);

  • additional sales tax on soft drinks (2009-10 Savings: $404 million, 2010-11 Savings: $539 million); and

  • sales tax on clothing under $110 (2009-10 Savings: $462 million, 2010-11 Savings: $660 million).