From the Daily News:
Bloomberg proposed raising the city's 8.375% sales tax by another quarter-point back in January, raising $900 million a year. No one squawked much.
Now, insiders say, the Council may be tempted to do a half-point increase instead - bringing New York's sales tax up to almost 9%.
It's an ugly number in an election year - especially when the subway fare is also going up, Albany is dithering over a payroll tax and extra cab surcharges to finance the MTA, and water bills are shooting up another 14% in July.
But the same mayor and Council members who voted to extend term limits may not fear any backlash from a 9% sales tax, either. For all the dismal economic news out there, it's tough to detect any sentiment in New York for throwing the bums out.
"It's a God-given right of New Yorkers to gripe about weather, taxes and traffic," said political consultant William Cunningham. "I don't see the pitchfork rebellion taking place."