ALBANY, NY ( WKBW ) To prevent state government from shutting down, lawmakers passed the 12th straight emergency extender plan Monday evening.
This latest emergency extender bill includes $440 million in new tobacco taxes, which would raise the tax on every pack of cigarettes sold to $4.35. This new tax would take effect July 1st.
Also included in the extender plan is an overall increase in the tax on tobacco products which will bring the tax up to 75% of the wholesale price. This portion will take effect August 1st.
Finally, one of the most controversial portions of the latest extender will tax cigarettes sold on Native American territories, by taxing Non-native Americans who purchase cigarettes and tobacco on a territory.
"That's what it's about," said J.C. Seneca of the Seneca Nation of Indians. "It's about out land, our sovereignty, about the treaty that we have, and they need to realize that and recognize that. We've been looking for someone in Albany in all our travels and all these years to stand up and say once and for all enough is enough."
The tax on cigarettes sold on territories will go into effect September 1st.
"We'll stand strong and stand up for our people's rights and defend our treaties whatever it takes," added Seneca. "New York State has chosen its path and what they want to do."