"Gov. David Paterson is directing in his budget plan that the Department of Taxation & Finance drop its policy of holding off on a plan to make sure Indian cigarette retailers sell taxed cigarettes. Paterson is telling T&F to end its Pataki-era policy of “forbearance.” The department is being asked to plan to make sure that the Indian merchants, who believe they are free to sell untaxed products, be required to get tax stamps on each pack of cigarettes sold....Budget Director Bob Megna thinks $218 million might arrive from increasing the tax on cigarettes....Efforts to tax Indian sales in the past resulted in protests and, in some cases, violent demonstrations along Indian reservations, particularly in western New York. Any plan to tax cigarettes would have to come with the expectation of substantial commitment of resources by the State Police as hundreds of troopers would be assigned to the Seneca territory alone, state officials have said. Paterson said he will try to direct his plan “in a peaceful and efficient manner.”
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On February 26, Wave Farm's terrestrial radio station, WGXC 90.7-FM turns 13. It’s a powerful thing to reflect on the last thirteen years of this project. So many people have contributed their voices, their time, their talent, and their dollars to keep this outrageous and unconventional station churning and transmitting, and we are grateful.
In this moment, we find ourselves poised for exciting growth, thanks to a recently expanded staff and Board, new energy, a terrific foundation of stalwart volunteer programmers complemented by rapidly joining new radiomakers. With your help, we can embrace the future with strength and enthusiasm.
We continue to work towards generating enough monthly supporters to secure a reliable base of support to meet the station’s basic operation expenses. Once our goal of $5,000 in monthly support is met, we’ll be able to end traditional pledge drives, and focus on making WGXC even more exceptional.