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NYC Pol (D): Crack Tax Is Undue Burden

From the inimitable New York Post:

Assemblyman Jeffrion [sic] Aubry

POL CALLS CRACK TAX RAW ‘DEAL’

By KENNETH LOVETT

February 12, 2008 — ALBANY – A prominent Democratic Queens assemblyman yesterday warned that Gov. Spitzer’s proposed tax on illegal drugs – dubbed the “crack tax” by critics – could unfairly impact the drug dealers themselves.

Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry told Spitzer Tax Commissioner Robert Megna during a legislative budget hearing that requiring drug users and dealers to pay state sales tax on their illegal stash is an undue burden since they already face fines and possible forfeiture of property and money.

“This component adds another financial hardship on people who don’t have a lot of money,” Aubry said.

Aubry, chairman of the Assembly Corrections Committee, added that the plan could “create another class of individual who can’t escape the process and has to go back out and sell drugs.”

Said Megna, “It is not our intent to burden certain portions of the population.”

No, we must not do that.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 12th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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