Legislators approve tobacco tax increase

BROOKLYN - State legislators approved another emergency spending bill after the budget remains more than two months late.

In the bill, legislators decided to approve a cigarette tax. Cigarette taxes increased by $1.60 per pack and now give New York the highest cigarette tax in the country. The plan also included a tax increase for chewing tobacco, cigars and other tobacco products.

The package is expected to raise approximately $440 million to try and offset a $9.2-billion deficit.

A total of 70 percent of the budget that was due on April 1 has been completed with the passing of this latest emergency spending bill.

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