After a trip to Clayton the other day to buy some legal cigarettes and talking to the wholesaler, I got to thinking a bit more about the latest farce out of the Capital.
If you head on down to Nedrow and visit the tribe, I am told you can still buy brand name cigarettes without the $4.35 state tax per pack...and of course the even less expensive Native American brands are there too.
Despite the assurances of yet another Governor , all the private sector stores can only view the party through the window. A court order....probably a correct one has stayed NYS from leveling the playing field.
Now people go to the "res" and buy for themselves and friends...or have a relative mail 'em in from out of state...All because Albany feeds us this nonsense about how they hate smoking but lust for the revenue...And the higher tax wouldn't be a burden on the convenience stores because by golly this Governor was going to get tough.....
The same crowd in Albany who caved in to Turning Stone and gave them a liquor license to operate in a casino, something no private sector hotel or resort gets to do.
The wizards on the Hudson have created a black market and thousands of tax evaders who used to be taxpaying citizens....The next Governor will again go to the well next year.
I was talking to a retired state worker the other day...an avid Democrat....who buttleggs in his spare time by marking em up ten bucks a carton.
I ask him why as a good Democrat he didn't want to pay this tax.
Those taxes are for other people.....but given the state's reliance on these revenue schemes, even the good Democrats who buttlegg are exposing the system for what it is...Lunacy.