New York lawmakers cut 57 "nuisance fees" from budget

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York is eliminating dozens of small fees the state had imposed on things ranging from boiler inspections to ski lifts to workers' compensation disputes with podiatrists.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration detailed the 57 so-called "nuisance" fees on Tuesday.

They included duties on the inspection of boilers and ski lifts, a $600 laser regulation permit fee, a $100 charge imposed on companies who hire home-based jewelry makers and a $34 seed potato inspection fee.

The fees generated only about $3 million in revenue each year, but they created headaches for many businesses.

The charges were abolished in the $142 billion state budget approved by lawmakers earlier this month.