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Thursday, December 18, 2008

न्यूयॉर्क के नये बज़ट से झटके लगे

बुरे दिनों से गुजर रहे अमेरिका में, न्यूयॉर्क शहर के प्रस्तावित बज़ट में नये टैक्स या टैक्सों का दायरा बढ़ाकर घाटा कम करने की कोशिश की जायेगी।

Movie tickets, taxi rides, soda, beer, wine, cigars and massages would be taxed under Paterson's proposal. It also extends sales taxes to cable and satellite TV services and removes the tax exemption for clothes costing less than $110.

Paterson's 2009-10 budget proposal represents only a 1% increase in total spending from this year's budget - the smallest increase in a dozen years. It also calls for a 3.3%, or $698 million, reduction in school aid. $3.5 billion in health care savings, including reductions in payments to hospitals and nursing homes. Video slot machines at Belmont Park, more multistate lottery games and expanded hours for the state's Quick Draw lottery game. Layoffs for 521 state workers and the elimination of seven state agencies.

It could cost the city more than $1 billion, including a $600 million reduction in school aid.

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