Since imposing the new $1.60 cigarette tax, Governor Paterson has been stalling on implementing any action on traffickers. And they couldn't be happier. According to the Post, the Tax Department says Paterson has "put a freeze on nearly the entire budget for undercover enforcement operations," and has backed down on his promise to force New York Indian tribes to pay the new tax. There goes about $150 million in revenue for the state. Paterson probably just feels sorry for the smokers. But even if they can find cigarettes for $4 a pack, it's not like they can actually enjoy them anywhere.
Cigarette Smugglers Heart David Paterson
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