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Bloomberg Wants Cigarette Tax Enforced

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The city is suing to stop the illegal sale of tax-free cigarettes by members of Native American tribes in New York. The city's top lawyer says Indian-owned businesses on Long Island have been selling millions of packs a year to non-tribe customers, who are not allowed to buy cigarettes without paying taxes. Mayor Bloomberg is urging the governor to take action now.

BLOOMBERG: I think the governor should go to the reservations and say, "Stop this practice," and if it requires law enforcement, that's what the governor has the state police for.

REPORTER: The Bloomberg administration says the practice costs the city and state hundreds of millions of dollars a year in lost tax revenue.

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