ALBANY, NY (WKBW) -- With the state budget more than 80 days late, lawmakers in Albany are set to vote on another emergency spending plan in hopes of avoiding a government shutdown.
Included in the latest bill is a hefty tax increase on tobacco products totaling $290 million. The tax on a pack of cigarettes would rise from $2.75 a pack to $4.35, while the tax on other tobacco products like chewing tobacco and cigars would increase from 46 percent to 75 percent.
Also included in the bill is a provision to collect $150 million in taxes on cigarettes sold on Indian reservations to non-Indian residents.
The new taxes are expected to take effect on September 1, should the bill pass, which would most likely require all 32 Senate Democrats to vote 'yes'. State Republicans have already stated that any tax increase would receive a 'no' vote from its members.