Playbill News: NY State Will Not Tax Broadway Tickets, After All.

New York Governor David Paterson struck a proposed tax on Broadway theatre tickets from his 2009-10 state budget proposal on March 11, and the theatre industry applauded the move.

Producers, theatre owners and others had lobbied recently for the elimination of the possible tax. They said the tax would have added as much as eight percent to the admission price of Broadway plays and musicals. Higher ticket prices, industry people reasoned, would have discouraged ticket sales, closed shows prematurely and impacted other businesses and tourism in New York City.

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