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FOIA Request Seeks Facts that Support Paterson’s Fantasy Revenue Increase

FOIA Request Seeks Facts that Support Paterson’s Fantasy Revenue Increase

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Coalition requests under the Freedom of Information Act that Governor Paterson provide all documentation and support for his proposal.

Coalition requests under the Freedom of Information Act that Governor Paterson provide all documentation and support for his proposal.

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Published by: Small Business Owners Statewide on Feb 10, 2010
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The Honorable David A. PatersonState CapitolAlbany, NY 12224February 10, 2010Dear Governor Paterson:As someone who claims on every occasion possible to be a fiscally responsible leader, we trustthat your decision to dramatically increase the projected revenue from legalizing the sale of winein 19,000 new outlets is based on hard data and not just a number penciled in by Big Box Storelobbyists.As a result, we formally request under the Freedom of Information Act, any and all economic or fiscal impact studies that you used to justify this massive increase in your 21-day amendments.Please include any and all surveys of food stores that indicate a willingness to pay these fees, thenumber of licenses you expect to sell in the first and second years and the basis for these projections. We would also request any and all email communications with your ExecutiveChamber staff or Budget Division staff with food stores or their paid lobbyists related to thisincrease. Frankly, we hope that these numbers are based on a complete and independent economic study – which is exactly what your blue ribbon Law Review Commission on the SLA in its December 15report said was necessary BEFORE moving forward with this job-killing idea. As the fiscalwatchdog you claim to be, we find it hard to understand how you could ignore that sound advice.So we look forward to seeing the work product that justifies these projections. If in fact you have no documentation to support this increase, please let us know that as well.Sadly, we will not be surprised. We believe your numbers are pure fantasy that will never berealized. That will leave a massive hole in the 2011-12 budget for the next governor to address,while leaving a legacy of closed stores and families out of work.We also request under FOIA your review of the loss of sales taxes, business taxes and incometaxes that would be triggered by this bad idea. Specifically, our economic study estimates thatnearly 40 percent of stores (more than 1,000 statewide) would close and more than 4,500 peoplewould lose their jobs. We trust you accounted for the loss of revenue and the increased demandon social services such as unemployment this will generate. 

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