Gov. David Paterson announced last week that proposals to raise or add to a menu of taxes that would have brought New York $1.3 billion were taken off the table following an agreement with legislative leaders.

The tax hikes were unpopular and had even been ridiculed. They included taxes on sugared drinks — the so-called soda tax — taxes on Internet downloads, the “iTunes tax,” haircuts, movies, concerts, cable service, live theater, bowling, golf and skiing.

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