UPDATE ON NYS CIGAR TAX HIKE: ASSEMBLY SUPPORTS CUOMO'S PLAN, RAISING THE STAKES. TAKE ACTION NOW!


Following NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposing a massive 160 percent cigar tax hike in his 2018-19 Executive Budget, the NYS Assembly and Senate passed their own one-house budget plans yesterday. The one-house bills identify priorities for negotiations on a final budget due by April 1st.

The Assembly’s budget resolution supports Cuomo’s massive cigar tax hike while the Senate opposes it. As budget negotiations intensify, this should NOT give comfort to cigar smokers and small businesses. The three sides will have to negotiate a final budget which may end up hiking cigar taxes.

Gov. Cuomo’s cigar tax hike would cause a dramatic spike in cigar prices and likely cause the closure of several tobacconists and small businesses across the state.

TAKE ACTION NOW TO DEFEAT CUOMO’S MASSIVE CIGAR TAX HIKE. NYS SENATORS NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Please take action by contacting your NYS Senator to encourage them to oppose the cigar tax change in Gov. Cuomo’s proposed budget. Here are three easy steps:

1. EMAIL YOUR SENATOR USING THIS ONLINE TOOL:  https://account.votility.com/enterprise/IPCPR/ec/461…

2. CALL YOUR SENATOR:  Dial 518-455-2800 for the senate operator. Tell them you want to contact your senator and give them your five-digit zip code to be connected to your senator’s office.

Suggestion for What to Say: “Hi, I'm (name) from (town). I'm calling to urge the Senator to OPPOSE Gov. Cuomo’s budget plan to change the state’s cigar tax (Part U of SB 9509 and AB 9509), which would hike state cigar taxes, harm several small businesses.”

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