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Local business owners team-up to oppose Paterson tax proposals

By By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A hack job - that's what local stylists and salon owners are calling Governor Paterson's proposal to tax haircuts and other salon services.

About a dozen local stylists met with Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito Thursday at Arthur Nole Systems in Hair in South Utica. Destito and fellow democrat Paterson part company when it comes to the personal service tax.

"This sales tax on these personal services and on some of the other things I've talked about are just going to push people away from spending money and spending money on these services which will affect our small business community here in the Utica-Rome area and in the Mohawk Valley," said Destito.

Marianne Uvanni, owner of Uppercut Salon in Rome, is heading up the central New York petition drive. So far, she's helped collect roughly 6000 signatures from salon owners, stylists and clients in Rome.

On Thursday, she handed Destito petitions bearing 2000 signatures. Uvanni is optimistic that number will grow exponentially once Utica salon owners begin collecting signatures. Anyone interested in circulating a petition can pick one up at her salon in Rome.

The concerned stylists will have to wait a while longer to see if the proposed tax increase is passed. Lawmakers now say their ambitious, self-imposed March 1 budget deadline probably won't happen. They are still hoping to meet the standard April 1 deadline.

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