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Editorial: Keep tax on clothing sales

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The state has a balanced budget, but a good deal of the pain from the $9 billion worth of cuts that were made has yet to be felt. When it is — when those tens of thousands of teachers and state workers start getting laid off, etc. — we wonder how New Yorkers will feel about the restoration of the state’s 4 percent sales tax exemption on clothing purchases, which occurred April 1, but only ...

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April 3, 2011
11:02 a.m.

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The editors' argument is only valid to the extent that people have no choice but to pay the state. This is true for clothes - when given an option, they will go to neighboring states to make purchases, and in the case of the milionaires tax, wealthier people will leave the state (they have). Think about it, when was the last time you heard someone say "I'm going to retire in a couple of years...I think I'll move to NY"? Heaping a greater tax burden on people with choices simply won't work! If this is to be the policy, NY State should have a going out business sale.

April 3, 2011
4:14 p.m.

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That's right. Take a dollar from the poor to give to highly compensated government employees. Where's the sense of balance in that? What's the fairness of keeping people in overpaid jobs? The unions, themselves, admit their members are paid 20% more than they would be in non-unionized private sector jobs. Taking a dollar more from anyone to sustain the imbalance is just robbery by political coercion. Are the editors related to the Sheriff of Nottingham?

April 4, 2011
12:15 p.m.

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I suggest they continue to NOT tax clothing MADE IN NEW YORK. (With gas prices what they are today, I'm not going to drive to MA or VT to save 4% of my clothing purchases.)