Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb: $600 Million In Revenue Could Be Generated If Governor Enforces Collection Of Cigarette Sales Taxes

Kolb again urges Governor Paterson to get necessary regulations in place by July to generate $600 million in revenue to help close New York’s budget deficit
March 25, 2010

With New York facing an unprecedented cash crunch, Assembly Minority Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) again called on Governor Paterson to ensure necessary state regulations are in place by July to collect cigarette sales taxes for purchases made on Native American lands by non-Native American Indians. Kolb said getting the regulations implemented by July could generate $600 million in revenue currently being lost and alleviate some of the painful budgetary cuts and tax hikes considered by the Senate and Assembly Majorities and Governor.

At the beginning of the year, Governor Paterson said the required state regulations to collect cigarette sales taxes for purchases made on Native American lands by non-Native American Indians could be in place within six months. With July just three months away, Kolb reminded the Governor of his earlier commitment and urged him to get the regulations done.

“Our state’s finances are in their worst shape in a generation. In Albany, the Governor and legislative Majorities are considering tax hikes, more borrowing and deep, painful cuts to programs and services to try closing New York’s $9.05 billion budget deficit,” Kolb said.

“Before cutting programs, closing parks or hiking taxes on New York’s overtaxed families, we should ensure state government has done everything in its power to capture revenues being lost, including $600 million from taxes on cigarette sales occurring on Native American lands to non-Native American Indians. The Governor said we will be able to collect these taxes, but he and the Assembly Majority have not included it as a source of revenue in their proposals. Our Assembly Minority Conference outlined this $600 million revenue source in our budgetary measures and believe it can, and should, be collected,” Kolb stated.

“The state needs to get regulations in place to access this revenue stream as soon as possible. Doing so could put New York on course to generate an additional $600 million in revenues. I am again calling on the Governor to make the immediate collection of these sales taxes a top priority,” Kolb concluded.