Wow. This sucks for HipHopGamer and anyone who lives in New York. So says GameDaily:
New York Governor David Paterson today proposed a series of new taxes in order to make up for a $15.4 billion budget deficit. Among the proposed fees is a measure called the “iPod tax” that would cover downloadable music, movies and other services. This would affect gamers by taxing downloadable content from games for the first time in New York history.
“We’re going to have to take some extreme measures,” said Paterson according to the New York Daily News.
Pending legislative approval, Paterson’s proposal should raise $4.1 billion by taxing things like movie tickets, taxi rides, beer, cigars and massages. Additionally, the sales tax on TV services is extended and a tax exemption for clothes costing less than $110 has been removed.
“The governor is nickel-and-diming working class families,” said Ron Deutsch, executive director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, an advocacy group.
“This is where we are,” said Paterson to reporters. “Maybe we should have thought about this when we were depending on what we thought was inexhaustive collections of taxes from Wall Street – and now those taxes have fallen off a cliff.”