Sen. Carl Kruger: Tax Indian Cigarettes, Protests Be Damned
by Geoff Kelly - posted 1:55 pm, January 29, 2010
Carl Kruger, chair of the State Senate’s Finance Committee, is determined that New York State begin collecting taxes on cigarettes sold by Native Americans to non-Native Americans. The failure to collect those taxes, Kruger says, has cost the state $1.6 billion per year.
The courts have ruled that New York can tax the sale of Indian cigarettes to non-Indians, but let’s leave aside the question sovereignty for a moment. Listen to this audio file of Kruger on the prospect of Native Americans protesting the imposition of taxes on tobacco.
That’s tough talk from a Brooklyn guy for whose constituents images of tires burning on the I-90 are entertainment on the nightly news. Is Kruger trying to get the NYS Thruway shut down?
Indian land is another country, Senator. Let’s try to be diplomatic.