Upstate tribe keeps pressure on over tax proposal

Buffalo, New York (AP) 11-08

A western New York Indian nation continues to make clear its opposition to a proposal to tax cigarettes now sold tax-free by tribes.

The Seneca Nation has begun a two-week print and broadcast advertising campaign meant to convince Gov. David Paterson to veto a bill passed by the Legislature in August.

The Senecas say their $1 billion economy is one of the few bright spots upstate and should be left alone.

The bill would prohibit manufacturers from selling tobacco products without a state tax stamp to any wholesaler that doesn’t certify the cigarettes won’t be resold tax-free.

Paterson spokesmen have said the governor will review the bill and solicit input before making any decisions.