Sin Tax Wars! 60.9% of all smokes in NY go untaxed « Hot Air
Sin Tax Wars! 60.9% of all smokes in NY go untaxed
With all the nonsense that’s been going on in the Empire State of late – especially [the Governor’s successful gun rantings ](http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/18/ny-gun-law-tweaks/1845935/)- I’d begun to worry that New York was doomed for mediocrity. But for better or worse, you just can’t keep the government of this state down. If we can’t lead in freedom, prosperity or employment, we can at least be [the capital of piracy](http://www.cspnet.com/news/tobacco/articles/nyacs-responds-cigarette-smuggling-report). (Cigarette smuggling piracy, that is.)
The Midland, Mich.-based Mackinac Center has released smuggling reports in 2006 and 2009, in addition to its most recent report covering 2011. In 2006, the Mackinac Center estimated that New York had the fifth highest smuggling rate in the country as 35.81%. In 2008, New York’s state excise tax on cigarettes nearly doubled, going from $1.50 to $2.75 per pack. In the Mackinac Center’s 2009 report, New York rose to number two on the list, with a smuggling rate of 47.35%. State excise taxes rose again in 2010, going from $2.75 to the state’s current $4.35. Not surprisingly, the 190% increase in state excise taxes from 2006 through 2011 catapulted New York to its title as the most smuggled state.
More at the link!