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Albany turns to taxes, fees to balance budget

ALBANY — New York State lawmakers have turned to the sales tax on clothing and other taxes and fees to balance a budget that’s nearly three months late.

Two state officials on Wednesday said one of the so-called “revenue raisers” under discussion would increase the state sales tax on clothing. One of the officials said the proposal includes three or four tax-free clothes shopping periods each year, including before school begins in the fall and at the December holidays. Current law exempts purchases of footwear and clothing under $110 from the state’s 4 percent sales tax.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. No other details were immediately available.

Democratic Gov. David A. Paterson told reporters Wednesday several revenue raising ideas are under discussion.