By  on July 13, 2009

After a five-week standstill in legislation because of political infighting, members of the New York State Senate worked until 2 a.m. Friday passing more than 100 bills including a sales tax increase for New York City.

After much debate, senators agreed to raise the sales tax by one-half of a percentage point to 8.875 percent, making it one of the highest rates in the country. It was passed by a measure of 43 to 19.

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