ALBANY, N.Y. — A recommendation to permit the sale of wine at grocery, a $1 per pack cigarette tax increase, and a penny per ounce tax on sugared beverages linked to obesity are part of the Executive Budget proposed by New York Governor David Paterson Tuesday.
The wine at grocery measure could bring in an estimated $92 million for the state from store franchise fees. It would allow liquor stores, currently limited to selling wine and spirits, to merchandise snacks.
Both the cigarette tax and the sugared beverage tax are expected to bring in $218 million and $465 million, respectively. The money would help offset what would have been deeper cuts to health care services.
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