After opposing higher taxes for months as counterproductive, Gov. David Paterson will seek to increase several taxes from gasoline to clothing, as well as make changes in the income tax that will make New Yorkers pay more fix state government's fiscal crisis.
The Democrat also reportedly plans to increase taxes on insurance policies, on non-diet sodas under an "obesity tax," reviving the state sales tax on clothing, and changes in funding of hospitals and health care providers that could shift more health costs on individuals and employers.
The obesity tax would raise $404 million, according to the report. Additional costs for most New Yorkers would require new license plates — to trigger new fees. Action on a law passed by the Legislature would require the collection of sales taxes on cigarettes sold by Indian tribes, according to the report.
Governor Paterson proposes 'Obesity Tax,' a tax on non-diet sodas