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New York Businessman Protests Cigarette Tax Decision

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. A cigarette shop owner lost money but has a business plan to recover. Eric White sells Native American cigarettes, said he owed no taxes for business on a reservation, but the government made him pay. So the Seneca man hired a construction crew. He's building an exit ramp from the New York State Thruway to his Big Indian Smoke Shop - his own exit. A highway official says that's normally illegal, but he's not sure, since it's land on a reservation. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.