Governor Paterson’s Clothing Tax Will Hurt Poor

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Gov. Paterson is downplaying the new taxes in the freshly completed state budget, but admits at least one will hurt the poor.

Paterson, speaking on a conference call with reporters, acknowledged the temporary reinstatement of the 4% state sales tax on clothing and shoe purchases of $110 or less will put a strain on those who can least afford it.

The governor put the blame for the tax squarely on the Legislature.

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