Another federal judge is blocking New York State from collecting taxes on cigarettes sold by Indian tribes, until he decides whether to grant the Mohawk Indians' request for an injunction.
They claim the taxes violate tribal sovereignty.
A mid level state appeals court earlier this week cleared the state's plan to tax cigarettes sold to non-Indians from the reservation. But under a separate federal court order, the Senecas and Cayugas are exempt through September 28.
Once the tribes are recognized as sovereign nations the rules should be applied universally. We have rules that set aside special consideration for tribes. Like any nation with whom we engage in trade taxes, tariffs, and trade measures should be applied equally. I would like to spend some time learning more about the process, procedure, and rules
I'm thinking the gripe would be when the Sovereign Nation purchases U.S. manufactured cigarettes, without the need to pay state and federal taxes, but then turn around and sells the cigarettes to Americans at a discounted rate. I can see the government crying foul on this, if I am correct.
why can't we just put people in Albany who will stop the spending,bust the unions who have us in their grip and are breaking us with their state tax payer funded pensions and other demands.
If Albany did get the sales tax, it would be just a bandaid for a couple yrs, next they would try to sell the land to China or someplace else to get enough money for a couple more yrs. NY is broke and the spending, social programs, tax payer funded retirement plans have to go.